The NHS is seriously deficient in cybersecurity expertise

A report from Redscan has found the NHS desperately needs more in-house cybersecurity expertise to protect against increasing attacks.

Potential ways to compromise the NHS systems are increasing as systems become connected for things such as remote health monitoring, accessing records, and even surgery.

The vulnerability of the NHS was highlighted last year when a ransomware spread to critical systems and held them hostage. At least 6,900 NHS appointments were cancelled as a result of the attack.

On average,...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Apple retains its lead at the top of the wearables tree, says IDC

Apple remains the strongest vendor in the wearables space with market-beating results – but the overall market is seeing an uptick thanks to strong figures in emerging markets.

The Cupertino giant holds 17% of the overall market share, up from 13% this time last year, with 4.7 million shipments this quarter and year over year growth of 38.4%, according to the latest figures from IDC.

By James Bourne, 05 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

HoloLens will provide 3D visualisations to surgeons in UK hospital

Surgeons working in a UK hospital want to use HoloLens to provide important 3D visualisations during critical operations.

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital cares for more than 270,000 kids per year. By partnering with Microsoft, the hospital is looking to use the company’s AR headset and Surface Hubs for its daily tasks.

During a surgery today, a surgeon is required to create a 3D visualisation in their mind of a person’s organ being worked on. This increases the risk of error.

Rafael Guerrero,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Seven ways the Internet of Things can help end world hunger

World hunger has existed for centuries. It persists despite the elimination of apparent catalysts such as food production challenges. The phrase, “trying to solve world hunger,” has become shorthand to indicate any problem that seems insurmountable.

The statistics are depressing. Every ninth person in the world is hungry, according to the World Food Programme. A staggering 800 million people in the world go to bed hungry every day, based on an estimated world population of 7.6 billion in December...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Healthcare, IoT.

Fitbit leverages Google Cloud to accelerate healthcare innovation

Fitbit has announced plans to leverage Google Cloud in a bid to accelerate digital healthcare innovation and claw back Apple’s growing market share.

According to data last month from IDC, Apple surged past Fitbit and Xiaomi to claim the top spot in wearables. Fitbit acquired smartwatch manufacturer Pebble for $23 million last year which resulted in a marked improvement in the design and support for apps on their wearables, but now it seems Fitbit is going back to its health...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Healthcare gets personal: How health is shifting into the hands of patients

This year’s CES displayed a huge array of new developments and possibilities from the health and medical technology market. Many are not ready for public use, but they give us a glimpse into the future of healthcare. CNET’s ‘Next Big Thing’ panel was centred around “The Invisible Doctor” and what it means for consumers and the wider industry. It’s evident that the shift in healthcare...

By Brian Wyatt, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT.

ABI Research: Applying data analytics to wearables provides further benefit

The application of data analytics to conventional wearable devices adds further benefit to the technology and provides users with actionable information, argues ABI Research.

ABI Research’s report 'Wearable Data Analytics and Business Models' argues there are a number of ways in which data analytics can provide added benefits and additional layer of insight to companies, healthcare professionals, and consumers alike.

Some examples include providing healthcare professionals with anticipatory...

By IoT News, 20 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Healthcare, IoT, Wearables.

Apple launches Heart Study to detect problems earlier

Apple and Stanford have teamed up to launch a dedicated app called Heart Study which aims to research and detect potential issues.

The study was first announced back in September but is being rolled out to interested participants today. Using the Apple Watch for heart rate data, all irregularities will be noted and users will be notified of potential issues.

Using this data, the researchers can improve their detection of...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, Wearables.

Apple reclaims top spot in wearable band market after strong Q3

Apple has retaken the lead in the wearable band market thanks to the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, according to the latest industry figures from Canalys.

“Strong demand for the LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers’ doubts about the cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers,” said Jason Low, Canalys analyst, with the company adding that 800,000 Apple Watch units shipped in Q317 were cellular-enabled.

However, the release did face its set of setbacks as...

By IoT News, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Wearables.

Huawei gives update on smart cities ‘nervous system’ initiative

Huawei says its ‘nervous system’ implementation for smart cities has helped more than 100 areas.

The company compares the concept of a smart city to a living organism that works continuously to enhance the services of the city. Using new ICT, such as cloud computing, big data, IoT, and AI, drive unified coordination, cross-sector collaboration, and intelligent analysis for effective management of services in a smart city, Huawei says.

Participating at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in...

By IoT News, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Smart Cities.

Medigate aims to take a new approach to IoT healthcare security with $5.35m funding

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all set to revolutionise the end to end healthcare process; from wearables which collect patient data in real-time, to algorithms which can come up with new diagnoses. Yet securing all of these devices is the major risk.

Meet Medigate. The startup, based out of Israel, has just secured a $5.35 million (£4.08m) funding round for its platform, which secures networked devices alongside medical records, device servers, and other enterprise systems. The capital was raised by...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.

Why the IoT in healthcare could cause serious problems

The Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving into a widespread phenomenon that touches all industries and lifestyles, creating what is supposed to be a world of unprecedented convenience and connectivity. When we look at the immediate advantages of linking our fitness, home security, travel, entertainment and many more facets of our lives to computers or internet networks, it seems like a good idea.

The IoT allows us to do things like check on our homes from remote locations, track our progress on fitness goals...

By Rick Delgado, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security.

FDA recalls almost half a million pacemakers over hacking concerns

The FDA has put out a recall for almost half a million pacemakers over fears they are vulnerable to being hacked.

In an episode of TV show Homeland, terrorists plotted to hack the vice president’s pacemaker. At the time some may have found the idea ludicrous, but now it’s a very real possibility faced by nearly half a million people.

The pacemakers affected are manufactured by health company Abbott (formerly St. Jude...

By Ryan Daws, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Healthcare, IoT, Security, Wearables.

Healthcare and housing companies among seven in Scottish startup IoT accelerator programme

CENSIS, a centre of excellence for sensor and imaging systems technologies, has organised its first Internet of Things (IoT) Explorer programme in order to boost IoT adoption by businesses, with seven Scotland-based SMEs and startups winning a place in this programme.

The successful companies include detainees’ health monitoring technology developer Angel Monitors, Attis Fitness, which creates smart sportswear which when combined with an app, tells the runner regarding their performance and reduces the...

By IoT News, 03 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Healthcare, IoT.

ZingBox survey finds misconceptions surrounding IoT security in healthcare sector

More than 90% of healthcare IT networks have IoT devices connected to them, while more than two thirds of respondents to a new survey say traditional security solutions are sufficient to secure IoT-connected medical devices.

The survey, conducted by IoT security solutions provider ZingBox, highlights the state of ‘misconceptions’ in the healthcare industry, according to the company.

More than three quarters (76%) of IT decision makers within healthcare organisations were confident or...

By IoT News, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT.

Five ways healthcare firms can get ahead in the race to the Medical Internet of Things

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has become so popular that its impact is being felt across a huge number of industries, and healthcare is no exception. Five years ago, the medical device connectivity market was largely insignificant, but is now expected to grow at a CAGR of 38% over the next five years by adopting the capabilities of the IoT. With this in mind, here are five recommendations for healthcare organizations to ensure they fully embrace the power of the IoT: 

Embrace the...

By Bhoopathi Rapolu, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT.

How a pharmaceutical supply chain company is taking advantage of the Internet of Things

In 2014, during a routine check from the Ministry of Health in the U.S., it was found that only 55 percent of vaccines were stored and transported in the temperature conditions that ensured the medication maintained its quality. To put that into perspective, every baby born receives vaccines to prevent diseases such as small pox and measles. If only 55 percent of those vaccinations maintain safety requirements, that creates a situation where a majority of babies don’t get the quality dosage and...

By Hans de Visser, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT.

Opinion: For unobtrusive wearables, consider the UX from all angles

Unobtrusive wearable tech used to be an oxymoron, but some of today’s technologies are getting close to achieving this lofty goal — devices that function so naturally, wearers don’t even notice they have them on. And it has potential to alter the healthcare industry in major ways. 

Monitoring patients for overall health and to track recovery has become a round-the-clock endeavor. Unobtrusive wearable devices are able to gather some of the highest quality data available, and their mostly...

By Shanon Marks, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, Wearables.

How ‘brain wearables’ can address 21st century needs

The human brain is the most complex system in the known universe. It is imbued with enormous potential that we have yet to fully understand or to harness. But we’re making progress, for many good reasons.

By studying how the human brain functions and how it responds to stimuli, we can potentially train our minds for optimal performance and, perhaps, overcome physical disabilities or detect neurological abnormalities for treatment. We stand now on the cusp of what has been called ‘The Fourth...

By Tan Le, 06 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Healthcare, Wearables.