DarioHealth’s US market doubles revenue, reaches 5K users for connected glucometer 

Three months after DarioHealth launched its smartphone-connected glucometer in the US, the company reports more than 100 percent increase in growth, bringing in $669,000 in revenue in the second quarter for 2016.The increase is understandable, considering the US is the largest market for blood glucose markets. Israel-based Dario (which has rebranded itself, after previously operating[…]

Report: Global market for connected wearables, health devices expected to reach $612B by 2024 

The demand for wearable medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems is increasing, and the global market is expected to reach $612 billion in the next eight years, according to a new report from San Francisco-based Grand View Research.The report outlined a number of reasons for growth in the market, which was valued at over[…]

Ascensia Diabetes’ new FDA-cleared glucometer wirelessly connects to Medtronic’s new insulin pump 

Ascensia Diabetes Care, a new business unit created this year when Panasonic Healthcare Holdings acquired Bayer Diabetes Care, has announced the launch and FDA 510(k) clearance of its Contour Next Link blood glucose monitor. Ascensia makes a line of connected and non-connected fingerstick glucometers. The Contour Next Link is a version that sends data wirelessly to Medtronic’s MiniMed[…]

10 common HIPAA violations and preventative measures to keep your practice in compliance

The HIPAA law to protect patient health information is quite well known by personnel in most physician offices. There still remain, however, some questions regarding HIPAA’s rules and regulations. Providers who are not up to date with changes in the law risk potential violation that could not only damage a practice’s reputation but cause criminal[…]

Diabetes Technology Society launches cybersecurity standard for medical devices 

The Diabetes Technology Society released its cybersecurity standard for networked-connected smart medical devices.The public platform, called DTSec, contains a set of performance requirements to improve cybersecurity through independent expert security evaluation.While the tool is targeted toward life-critical smart devices like insulin pump controllers and continuous glucose monitors, according to the standard’s authors, DTSec could be[…]

Hospitals boost efforts to improve cybersecurity

Health care facilities and health systems are investing more and more resources to protect their data, and if IBM X-Force’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index is any indication, this spending is a wise investment.The report from IBM Security noted that in 2015, health care became the most frequently attacked field, moving ahead of manufacturing and[…]

Overbilling, data breach delivers one-two punch to Northgate Medical PC in Springfield 

Just weeks after a state audit found that Northgate Medical P.C. had substantially overbilled MassHealth, the Springfield-based medical group is now dealing with a data breach involving the theft of patient information – including their names, addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.A former Northgate employee obtained the patient information before leaving the medical group,[…]

Hospitals hacks put patient health at risk 

A report that highlights the vulnerabilities in medical devices and the risks they pose to patient health issued by Independent Security Evaluators comes at an opportune time as the past month has shown that hospitals are becoming targets for criminals.Download the March 2016 digital issueInside: What you need to know about staffing up for IoT,[…]

Employer Wellness Plans May Raise Data Collection Issues 

Employers that offer wellness programs and use “wearable technology” to collect employee health data must navigate through a variety of federal statutes, employment attorneys said in a conference session March 18.Navigating through potential legal issues with wellness plans can be a tremendous challenge, J. Timothy McDonald said during a panel discussion. There may be implications[…]

Medical devices safe from hackers

The Hill’s Feb. 27 article “Medical devices could be lethal in hands of hackers” does not accurately describe the steps medical technology companies take to help ensure their products are protected from cybersecurity threats. This lack of context could give a false impression of the risks of connected medical devices’ susceptibility to hacking. There is[…]