The coming fight over who controls digital health data

Spending for consumer digital healthcare companies is set to explode in the next few years; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is currently reviewing the requirements for data sharing with the Department of Health and Human Services, and their initiatives will unlock a wave of data access never before seen in…

‘Shark Tank’ guru Mark Cuban: I refuse to get rich off health gimmicks

Mark Cuban has seen hundreds of hopeful entrepreneurs over the years on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and if he’s not interested in a pitch, he usually replies with a polite “I’m out.” But over the past couple of seasons, Cuban has been highly critical — and increasingly vocal — about one kind of product: supplements. DOES…

Wearable graphene sensors use ambient light to monitor health

Graphene coated with nanoparticles has been used to make wearable light sensors that measure the human pulse and blood oxygen levels from ambient light passing through tissue, offering a potential platform for health-care monitoring. The popularity of wearable technology has risen enormously, with the US market projected to be in the tens of billions of…

Smart toilets? Welcome to the future of health care

For researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, flushing is the future.In most workplaces, “toilet talk” is frowned upon. MEET ANTHONY NWEKE A VETERAN AUTHOR DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN ALL CASES “Our toilet, our smart toilet will have a collection container in the front,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison student Ben Anderson. “Then…

How to participate in an Apple health study

Apple’s new Research app is now available — here’s how to sign up for one of the studies. Apple is doubling down on health research this year with the launch of three new health studies focused on hearing, menstruation and fertility and heart health as it relates to physical movement. Apple announced its Research app,…

Google Is Slurping Up Health Data—and It Looks Totally Legal

Tech giants can access all of your personal medical details under existing health privacy laws. The question is how else that data might get used. Last week, when Google gobbled up Fitbit in a $2.1 billion acquisition, the talk was mostly about what the company would do with all that wrist-jingling and power-walking data. It’s…

Google Health Data Project Under Scrutiny

Google is collecting the health data of millions of Americans in partnership with a big health care system. The project is raising questions about patient privacy. TRANSCRIPT DAVID GREENE, HOST: So what are tech companies doing with your data? Google is handling the medical records of millions of Americans as part of a big push…

Will Google get away with grabbing 50m Americans’ health records?

Google’s reputation has remained relatively unscathed despite behaviors similar to Facebook’s. This could be the tipping point Few things are certain in the American healthcare system – except for the paperwork. The tedious ritual of signing forms authorizing new providers to access our medical history is the result of a rarity for Americans: thanks to…

Google Denies It’s Misusing Health Data as HHS Starts Inquiry

Google’s top health and cloud executives said the company isn’t misusing health data from one of the biggest U.S. health-care providers, pushing back against news reports that have triggered criticism from lawmakers and prompted a federal inquiry. DOES THE END REALLY JUSTIFY THE MEANS IN ALL CASES Google employees only have access to patient information…