FTC commissioner speaks out against apps collecting health data

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Federal Trade Commission (FTC) commissioner Julie Brill has some serious reservations about the collection of health data by consumer apps.

She said as much at the The Hill’s Tech in Policy event in Washington DC Wednesday morning. In a nutshell, the Commissioner made clear that she considers collection and use of data to be one and the same — and she thinks there should be heavy restrictions, which would have a major impact on the future of mobile health.

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Mobile medical app regulation will only get more challenging–and important

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates everything from heart monitors to horse vaccines, will soon have its hands full with consumer health apps and devices.

The vast majority of the health apps you’ll find in Apple’s or Google’s app stores are harmless, like step counters and heart beat monitors. They’re non-clinical, non-actionable, and informational or motivational in nature.

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Growth and Challenges of the Medical 3-D Printing Industry

 

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Over the past two decades, 3-D printing has grown from a niche technology to a multibillion-dollar industry. The manufacturing process was developed in the 1980s as a way to produce small volumes of scale models but has since expanded to include the manufacturing of medical devices and implants for surgical and clinical use. The process, also known as additive manufacturing, uses computer models to build three-dimensional objects by printing materials like plastic, polymers, metals and powders in layers.

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South Suburban Chicago Maker Space Raises Expansion Funds on Kickstarter

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SpaceLab located in south suburban Mokena started a Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds to expand their programming. In addition to capital items like a 3-d printer and a lathe, additional funds will help SpaceLab better serve the community with much-needed classes, vocational, and technology training.

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Does Apple’s Partnership with IBM Give Them Access to Watson for Healthcare Apps?

Originally posted on MedCity News

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The Apple-IBM partnership deal raises some interesting questions for the healthcare sector, as mobihealthnews pointed out. This is what interests me: What will it mean for healthcare applications of Watson’s computer brain and how is Apple likely to leverage Watson for its  own designs on healthcare?

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San Francisco’s Chief Data Officer wants to help citizens make data-driven decisions

Originally posted on MedCity News

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has just announced the city’s open data strategic plan, which aims to “broaden the focus of open data from simply publishing to making it available in a manner that fosters better use of the data.” This plan came five months after the appointment of Joy Bonaguro as the city’s first Chief Data Officer (CDO).

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How IBM’s life-saving tech tracks food poisoning to its source

Originally posted on VentureBeat

Above: IBM's analysis of food -borne illnesses. Image Credit: IBM

Above: IBM’s analysis of food -borne illnesses.
Image Credit: IBM

IBM said it has created a system to predict the sources of contaminated foods after outbreaks of food-borne illnesses. The company believes it can help grocers, distributors, and public health officials accelerate the investigation of outbreaks of food poisoning using novel computer algorithms, visualization, and statistical techniques.

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