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Ethicists create framework to regulate brain technology

Ethicists from the University of Basel have developed a biosecurity framework specific to neurotechnology while calling for a ban on dual-use technology with the aim of regulating mental privacy and integrity of humans. Findings were published in Neuron.

Want to fight ransomware? Set minimum standards, prioritize education

As cyberattack become increasingly common incidents, healthcare professionals must push security to the forefront. In a presentation given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Jim Whitfill, CMO of innovation Health Partners and president of Lumetis, described the current cybersecurity environment and detailed how professionals can take steps toward improving privacy.

Socioeconomically deprived most affected by soaring heart failure rates in UK

Despite increased prevention efforts and longer lifespans, heart failure rates are at a high in the United Kingdom and are continuing to climb, according to new research published in The Lancet.

FDA approves 1st telehealth feature for cochlear implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

AMA warns of potential negative health effects of social media

While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give people the ability to connect with anyone in the world, the American Medical Association (AMA) has announced the adoption of new policies outlining the negative health effects of social media.

FDA approves digital pill capable of tracking medication digestion

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill with an ingestion tracking system to tell physicians whether patients have taken their medication.

White House health program selects Fitbit as wearable device in data collection

The All of Us Research Program, established by the White House in 2015, has selected Fitbit as the wearable that will be used to collect data that will be used in subsequent research on preventing diseases based on individual characteristics.  

Joint Commission pulls proposed ambulatory telemedicine standards

The Joint Commission has announced it will not move forward in implementing any of its proposed changes to accreditation standards.

ONC’s Don Rucker at AHIMA17: Blockchain ‘not there yet’ for regulation

Don Rucker, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) said his agency has been focused on improving usability and interoperability of electronic health records, adding that while blockchain technology may provide some interesting capabilities but it’s too soon to issue regulations on it.

5 recommendations improving mHealth for adolescent use

A study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth includes a list of five recommendations for improving mHealth utilization for adolescents with chronic conditions. The researched aimed at improving disease self-management in adolescents by utilizing mHealth technology for real-time care.