The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

The promise of managing identity on the blockchain – TechCrunch

Blockchain, the secure distributed ledger technology first created to track bitcoin ownership, has taken on a number of new roles in recent years tracking anything of value from diamonds to real estate deeds to contracts. The blockchain offers the promise of a trusted record that can reduce fraud. Some industry experts say that over the coming years, it could be used to control identity information in a more secure fashion.  As we have seen, just last week with the massive Equifax hack, our personal information is highly vulnerable in online databases in their current form. The fact is that whenever we have to identify ourselves, we are forced to present a variety of information to prove we are who we say we are, whether that’s to register for an online service, to cross a border or even prove you are old enough to drink at a bar.
711 million email addresses ensnared in ‘largest’ spambot

711 million email addresses ensnared in ‘largest’ spambot

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A huge spambot ensnaring 711 million email accounts has been uncovered. A Paris-based security researcher, who goes by the pseudonymous handle Benkow, discovered an open and accessible web server hosted in the Netherlands, which stores dozens of text files containing a huge batch of email addresses, passwords, and email servers used to send spam. Those credentials are crucial for the spammer’s large-scale malware operation to bypass spam filters by sending email through legitimate email servers.

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As telehealth increases in prevalence, BCBS Federal Employee Program picks Teladoc to deliver services

As telehealth increases in prevalence, BCBS Federal Employee Program picks Teladoc to deliver services

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan, otherwise known as the Federal Employee Program, has chosen Purchase, New York-based Teladoc to provide services for the 2018 benefit year.  Through this selection, the approximately 5.3 million federal employees, retirees and family members that FEP covers will have access to medical and mental health services provided via Teladoc.  “FEP members and their families can count on Teladoc to bring better convenience, quality and healthcare access, when and where they need it,” Teladoc Chief Revenue Officer Pete Nieves said in a news release. “The Teladoc organization is committed to a successful, long-term partnership and to bringing a new level of healthcare service that FEP members expect.”

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Harvard Health and Outcome Health are delivering more expertise to the doctor’s office

Harvard Health and Outcome Health are delivering more expertise to the doctor’s office

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Two organizations want to bring additional expertise to the point of care. How? Through a new collaboration that fuses trusted knowledge and innovative technology.  Boston-based Harvard Health Publications and Chicago-based Outcome Health are doing just that.  HHP is Harvard Medical School’s consumer health education division. It utilizes the know-how of over 11,000 HMS faculty members to develop patient engagement materials.
Five startups from Y Combinator that should be on your radar

Five startups from Y Combinator that should be on your radar

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On Monday, Y Combinator’s 2017 Summer Demo Day kicked off in Mountain View, California. The three-day event presents an opportunity for the incubator’s newest class of startups to showcase what they’ve got.  In addition to its biannual Demo Days, Y Combinator is having an exciting year. Last month, news came out that the entity is raising up to $1 billion for a new venture capital fund, according to Axios.  A handful of the startups that presented at Y Combinator’s Demo Day have ties to the healthcare industry, according to TechCrunch. Here are five to keep on your radar.

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Is healthcare finally boosting cybersecurity efforts?

Is healthcare finally boosting cybersecurity efforts?

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These days, it’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing about cybersecurity. And unfortunately, most of that news is negative and highlights how vulnerable hospitals are.  The latest report from HIMSS sheds light on the topic by diving deeper into the preparedness efforts of healthcare organizations.  The “2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey” analyzes feedback from 126 health IT security professionals in the United States. Responses were gathered between April and May 2017.  The findings illustrate that many organizations are looking to certain staff members as a means to address security.