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VIAW Newswire 07.02.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Homeland Security Warns About Safety of 300 Medical Devices
Password vulnerabilities within 300 medical devices from 40 vendors have been discovered by a pair of researchers from security vendor Cyclance, according to a recently issued Department of Homeland Security alert, FierceHealthIT reports (Bowman, FierceHealthIT, 6/21).

Certain Physicians Set To Embrace Digital Pill Technology by Next Year
Next year, some family physicians likely will be using ingestible digital pills to keep track of patient’s health, the New York Times’ “Bits” reports (Bilton, “Bits”, New York Times, 6/23).
Such pills feature an embedded microchip to transmit patient data to health care providers.

UPMC’s Big Data Warehouse Produces Breast Cancer Findings
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have made progress in using an enterprise analytics data warehouse to devise more-personalized breast cancer treatment, Healthcare IT News reports. They recently were able to integrate clinical and genomic data for 140 breast cancer patients using the warehouse and identified several differences in pre-menopausal and post-menopausal breast cancer (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 6/20).

Facebook Helped Boost Organ Donor Registration Rates, According to Study
A Facebook project has helped significantly increased organ donor registration rates, according to a report published Tuesday in the American Journal of Transplantation, Kaiser Health News’ “Capsules” reports (Rao, “Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 6/18).
In May 2012, Facebook launched an initiative that aims to leverage its network of 161 million users to more quickly match patients who are waiting for organ transplants with possible donors

HIV in the United States: At A Glance
More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 5 (18.1%) are unaware of their infection.

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