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In the first half of 2016 alone, there were 263 health data breaches, reports Healthcare IT News. The number of individuals affected by a protected health information breach skyrocketed from less than 600,000 in 2010 to just under 112 million in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Protected health information (PHI) is a prime target for hackers and cyber criminals because in many cases it is easier to steal than credit card data or financial records. It’s also far more valuable, since health records contain all of a patient’s personal, medical, and financial data. Are you doing enough to protect yourself, your practice, and your patients?Read More

The hottest fitness app of 2016 wasn’t intended to be a fitness app at all. A week after Pokémon Go launched in July, it had an estimated 7.5 million downloads, reported MobiHealthNews. And on average, users were spending twice the amount of time engaged with the enormously popular app than they were on apps like Snapchat and Twitter. Using augmented reality, phone cameras, and GPS, Pokémon Go requires players to move around in order to capture monsters in real life.Read More

We predicted that virtual reality (VR) would be a trend in health care in 2016, and it looks like we were right. Some are calling this “the year of VR,” thanks to the wave of new, relatively affordable devices now available. Market research firm IDC projects that shipments of virtual reality devices will increase by over 2400% this year. That includes mobile headsets that are powered by smartphones as well as “tethered” headsets that are wired to a PC. Global Industry Analysts projects that the worldwide market for virtual reality in health care will reach $3.8 billion by 2020.Read More

It’s an exciting time in health care. We’re in the midst of a digital health boom, with big investments and rapid advances being made in the field. According to data from the digital health venture fund Rock Health, 2014 was a record-breaking year for digital health funding, and those numbers held steady in 2015, surpassing $4.3B in funding. What were the most important trends in health care and technology in 2015? And what’s in store for 2016? Let’s take a look.Read More

Interest and advances in genetic testing are booming. A recent study published in the journal Public Health Genomics showed that 6 out of 10 Americans are interested in genetic testing. Today, genetic testing is available for over 2000 rare and common conditions, according to the NIH. The CEO of the Cleveland Clinic has called gene testing a “huge breakthrough” for people suffering from cancer and other fatal diseases. But some wonder if this early-stage science is ready for “prime-time,” or if our ability to understand and apply that science is not keeping pace with the hype.Read More