Google under fire for its efforts to access health records

Health Data Management | January 14, 2020

Tech giant Google continues to face criticism for the company’s reported efforts to obtain the health records of millions of Americans without their awareness or consent. A Wall Street Journal article published on Saturday, entitled “Inside Google’s Quest for Millions of Medical Records,” reported how the vendor has struck deals with some of the largest U.S. healthcare providers as part of a concerted effort gain access to troves of patient data. In just a few years, the company has achieved the ability to view or analyze tens of millions of patient health records in at least three-quarters of U.S. states, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of contractual agreements, states Saturday’s WSJ piece.

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Healthcare Under Cyberattack: Unprotected Medical IoT Devices Threaten Patient Care

Capterra | November 30, 2022

The rising adoption of connected medical devices is accelerating cyberattacks, according to Capterra’s new Medical IoT Survey of healthcare IT professionals. The survey also reveals that 67% of healthcare cyberattacks impact patient data and nearly half impact patient care, an indication that rising security risks in the industry are leading to severe consequences in patient outcomes and privacy. The medical internet of things is helping to make healthcare more convenient, efficient, and patient-centric. However, connected devices with IoT sensors often have unprotected security vulnerabilities that endanger healthcare facilities, and even patients. In fact, medical practices with more than 70% of their devices connected are 24% more likely to experience a cyberattack than practices with 50% or fewer connected devices. “As a healthcare organization connects more medical devices to its network, its attack surface expands. Connected medical devices often go unmonitored for security vulnerabilities, and because they run on a wide array of software and hardware platforms, it’s difficult to monitor with a single tool. This means that many connected medical devices are left wide open to cyberattacks.” Zach Capers, senior security analyst at Capterra More than half of healthcare IT staff rate the cybersecurity threat level in the industry as high or extreme, yet many healthcare organizations are not taking the necessary steps to protect medical IoT devices. Alarmingly, 57% do not always change the default username and password for each new connected medical device that is put into use. Additionally, 82% run connected medical devices on old Windows systems. If a security vulnerability is discovered, organizations should patch the device or update its firmware as soon as possible. Unfortunately, 68% of healthcare organizations don’t always update connected devices when a patch is available. However, vulnerabilities and associated patches aren’t always well publicized, which means healthcare IT staff must stay up-to-date on emerging threats to medical IoT devices. Medical IoT security requires proactive and ongoing vigilance. Healthcare practices should conduct routine vulnerability assessments before connecting medical devices to their IT network. They should also keep an up-to-date and accurate inventory of all connected devices plus associated software and firmware, and use software to monitor these devices. Read the full report on Capterra.com to learn more about best practices for healthcare organizations to strengthen security for their medical IoT devices. About Capterra Capterra is the leading software reviews and selection platform that connects businesses to the right technology. Compare software, read and leave reviews, and access objective insights that empower business growth.

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HeartCore Signs Fifth Go IPO Agreement with SBC Medical Group

Heartcore Enterprises Inc. | November 24, 2022

HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. a leading software development company, announced that it has signed an agreement with SBC Medical Group, Inc. for its fifth Go IPO consulting service within an eight-month period. As part of the Consulting Agreement, HeartCore will assist SBC Medical in its efforts to go public and list on the Nasdaq Stock Market Through Go IPO, the Company services clients by assisting throughout the audit and legal firm hiring process, translating requested documents into English, assisting in the preparation of documentation for internal controls required for an initial public offering or de-SPAC, providing general support services, assisting in the preparation of the S-1 or F-1 filing, and more. As compensation for its services, HeartCore expects to generate from SBC Medical an aggregate of $900,000 in initial fees. In addition, HeartCore has received a warrant to acquire 2.7% of SBC Medical’s common stock, on a fully diluted basis. “Japanese companies continue to express interest in listing on the U.S. markets, and our team has successfully taken advantage of this wave as we executed our fifth Go IPO win of 2022. Prospective Japanese Go IPO clients have appreciated our expertise in helping private companies kickstart and navigate their capital markets journey with our white glove service and catered consultation, which has resulted in a robust business pipeline for HeartCore.” CEO Sumitaka Yamamoto About HeartCore Enterprises, Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, HeartCore Enterprises is a leading software development company offering Software as a Service solutions to enterprise customers in Japan and worldwide. The Company also provides data analytics services that allow enterprise businesses to create tailored web experiences for their clients through best-in-class design. HeartCore’s customer experience management platfor includes marketing, sales, service and content management systems, as well as other tools and integrations, which enable companies to enhance the customer experience and drive engagement. HeartCore also operates a digital transformation business that provides customers with robotics process automation, process mining and task mining to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises. Furthermore, HeartCore offers “Go IPO,” a consulting service where it assists private companies with uplisting onto the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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Catalyst Solutions Announces Third-Party Administration White Paper Publication

Catalyst Solutions | December 22, 2022

Catalyst Solutions announces the publication of the white paper, Third Party Administration for Healthcare Payers. This white paper reviews the unique needs that self-funded and fully-insured plans might have for Third Party Administration as well as, the services and benefits TPAs provide. As an industry, healthcare continues to experience constant change. The landscape is dynamic, and new challenges are on the horizon. Mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships are occurring at an unprecedented rate - and the government continues to introduce mandates to which the healthcare plan must adhere. These factors continue to add demands on plans that are already facing budgetary and resource constraints. "To manage these challenges healthcare payers are increasingly outsourcing business processes to Third Party Administrators. Just like in organizations, outsourcing allows them to focus on what they do best, which is: improving the healthcare outcomes of their membership." Scott Martin, President of Catalyst Solutions TPAs deliver administrative support to self-funded businesses and fully-insured healthcare plans. Both are increasingly outsourcing day-to-day operational services to a TPA, which is driving significant cost savings and reducing the administrative burden. Catalyst Solutions provides a full suite of TPA services. Its team of fully-trained, US-based employees can deliver the operational and technology functions required by a healthcare plan or self-funded business. Catalyst seeks to maximize the performance of healthcare plans by taking a holistic view of people, process, and technology. "Catalyst engages plans at a strategic level," Scott Martin said, "aligning our outsourcing services to our customer's business goals. We use our industry expertise to anticipate our customers' long-term needs. Our services don't end with outsourcing – we become trusted advisors in helping our customers achieve a better future." About Catalyst Solutions Catalyst Solutions has an extensive history of exclusively serving the payer industry. With 20+ years of deep industry expertise, Catalyst provides outsourced BPO, IT, and consulting services. As a diversity-certified, woman-owned company based in the U.S., our mission is to help insurance payers drive down costs, optimize revenue, and most importantly, improve member healthcare outcomes. We deliver comprehensive and flexible solutions that meet the unique needs of payers, and we are committed to exceeding customer expectations by providing unmatched, white-glove service. We are passionate about making positive and measurable change on behalf of the clients we serve and the communities in which we live.

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Swisslog Healthcare Elevates Cory Kwarta to CEO

Swisslog Healthcare | December 19, 2022

Swisslog Healthcare, a leading supplier in healthcare technology solutions of both medication management and transport automation, has appointed Cory Kwarta as its CEO. Kwarta, who was appointed as CEO of the Swisslog Healthcare – TransLogic division earlier this year, is now entrusted to oversee the global organization, guiding both the company’s TransLogic® and Medication Management divisions. “Since I started at Swisslog Healthcare, my goal has always been to help improve efficiencies in the healthcare industry. As CEO of the company, I will remain dedicated to our organization’s commitment of helping our customers and partners provide the highest quality healthcare.” Cory Kwarta Cory Kwarta was also recently named as a member of Swisslog Healthcare’s Board of Directors. The move came as a result of Kwarta’s recent prior promotion to CEO of Swisslog Healthcare – TransLogic and his 15 years of service with the organization. Kwarta has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. Swisslog Healthcare’s TransLogic division works with healthcare facilities to develop custom-designed pneumatic tube systems which automate their needs to transport materials from station to station. The Medication Management division of Swisslog Healthcare assists healthcare facilities with automating and managing the pharmaceutical workflow, including preparation, patient-specific dosing, delivery, and storage. Both divisions deliver operational cost reduction by enabling the redeployment of personnel to patient-facing activities. About Swisslog Healthcare Swisslog Healthcare provides integrated medication supply chain solutions to hospitals and health systems to assist providers in treating patients across the continuum of care. Integrating transport and pharmacy automation, value-added services, and intelligent software, Swisslog Healthcare enables healthcare providers to respond to patient’s needs quickly and with greater accuracy. The company minimizes many sources of operational waste, so providers achieve higher levels of productivity to impact the well-being of patients in positive ways.

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