News That Matters

Tag: healthcare

Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Technology
Apple is making a bid for its customers' healthcare data by launching a new "Research app" which will collect information from iPhone and Apple Watch users and share it with academic studies.The app is being pitched to Apple's estimated billion customers as a way to "contribute to groundbreaking research studies". It is an opt-in programme which will share the data captured by Apple's existing monitoring of users' menstrual cycles, electrocardiogram sensoring, as well as a decibel measure to analyse the noise of the environment. Image: The Research app will allow users to volunteer data to scientific studies This data could be used in academic studies to improve the design of healthcare provision, which could then allow Apple to devel...
Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

Health
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Retail giant Walmart has announced new programs it says will help its associates find better, more effective healthcare providers. Coming in the wake of their recently announced Sam's Club healthcare pilot, the company on Thursday said it is launching a new pilot program in three states that is designed to connect employees with "Featured Providers" -- "quality, local" doctors who've shown a "demonstrated history" of effective care. The company's new effort, being rolled out in portions of Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, aims to refer participants in the company's medical program to a select group of doctors in eight specialties. Walmart said the pilot will be a partnership with the Nashville-based healthcare analysis firm Embold Health, which will be responsible for sortin...
Healthcare tops other industries for cybersecurity breaches

Healthcare tops other industries for cybersecurity breaches

Health
Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A crippling ransomware attack on multiple Alabama hospitals emphasizes a growing concern about healthcare computer system vulnerabilities that threaten privacy, as well as the general availability of services. Researchers reported last week in the Annals of American Medicine that more than 70 percent of hospital data breaches include sensitive demographic or financial information that could leave patients vulnerable to identity theft. Healthcare-related cybersecurity breaches accounted for over a quarter of the more than 750 data breaches reported nationwide in 2018, and healthcare led all industries in breaches last year, according to a report from global law firm BakerHostetler. "The major story we heard from victims was how compromised, sensitive information caused fin...
Walmart’s Sam’s Club to launch healthcare pilot program

Walmart’s Sam’s Club to launch healthcare pilot program

Health
Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The world's second largest retailer, Walmart, announced today that it is expanding its role in the healthcare marketplace. Beginning in October, Sam's Club, the company's division of membership warehouse stores, will launch a pilot program for members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, allowing them to purchase healthcare services including discounted dental care, free prescriptions drugs, and telephone health consultations. The company, which announced the program on Thursday, said it will offer four healthcare "bundles," with fees ranging from $ 50 to $ 240 per year. Each bundle will include free prescriptions on certain generics, and opportunities to save on dental services through a network of Humana-affiliated providers, as well as discounts on vision ex...
Robotic surgeons set to spark ‘revolution in healthcare’

Robotic surgeons set to spark ‘revolution in healthcare’

Technology
By Noel Phillips, Sky News reporter Surgeons operating on patients while controlling robotic arms could become a new norm in hospitals.The assistance of robots in surgical rooms are predicted to transform the way operations are performed by allowing surgeries to be carried out as keyhole procedures. As the use of robotic surgery becomes more popular, an increasing number of medics are being trained in how to use them. They allow doctors to perform complex techniques using a minimally invasive approach.Consultant colorectal surgeon Jonathan Morton is among a handful of physicians who have tried out the machinery. Image: Surgeon Jonathan Morton is among those who have tried out the technol...