Why So Many Hackers Are Going After the Health Care Industry

Initial suspicions from the massive hack at Anthem are just starting to roll in, and they are suspicious. Long story short, a few unnamed people immediately jumped to the conclusion that it was China. That said, Anthem is hardly the only health care company that's been hacked lately. » 2/05/15 3:50pm 2/05/15 3:50pm

Every Walgreens Is About to Offer Cheap, Painless Blood Tests 

As part of Walgreens' recent initiative to be a "leader in healthcare technology," the company is teaming up with Silicon Valley health startup Theranos to offer cheap, needle-free blood tests. What's more, the service will soon be coming to a drugstore near you, as they're planning to expand it to all 8,200 locations. » 11/18/14 10:13am 11/18/14 10:13am

Why We Still Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine

Yesterday, the CDC confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US. The patient, who recently traveled to Liberia, is now isolated in a Dallas hospital. With containment efforts challenging West Africa, and US officials searching for anyone who came in contact with the Dallas patient, where is the Ebola vaccine? » 10/01/14 10:42am 10/01/14 10:42am

Hospital Hacks Are Skyrocketing Because Hospitals Are Super Easy to Hack

According to a fresh report from cybersecurity experts, hospitals are hackers' new favorite playground. That's unsettling news for anyone who's ever visited a hospital (read: everyone) but it also offers a curious window into how we guard our most important data. Put bluntly, we do a pretty piss poor job of it. » 9/03/14 11:09am 9/03/14 11:09am

Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month's installment of Chinese hackers stealing your data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the… » 8/18/14 12:20pm 8/18/14 12:20pm

Report: Apple in Talks With Major Hospitals to Work With HealthKit

Apple's new HealthKit API is designed to help keep all the important information about your body in one place. Now though, according to Reuters, the company is in discussion with major healthcare providers ahead of its launch to make it a tool used by physicians, too. » 8/12/14 4:30am 8/12/14 4:30am

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by… » 7/05/14 3:37pm 7/05/14 3:37pm

Should Google Be Allowed to Mine Your Health Care Data?

On the heels of the I/O keynote on Thursday, Google cofounder Larry Page spilled his guts to Farhad Manjoo from The New York Times. "Right now we don't data-mine health care data," Page said. "If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year." But is that actually a good idea? » 6/26/14 6:00pm 6/26/14 6:00pm

U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov. The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." » 4/19/14 3:00pm 4/19/14 3:00pm

How Conservatives Hijacked a Pro-Obamacare Facebook Meme

We all have those Facebook friends—friends with Very Strong Political Opinions they just can't keep to themselves. While the political memes popular on Facebook pander shamelessly to people who already agree, sometimes the memes get twisted. And mutated. And even co-opted by the opposite party. » 1/08/14 1:40pm 1/08/14 1:40pm

How Librarians Are Helping People Navigate the New Healthcare System

Lupie Leyva has answered questions about immigration issues, taught people how to use email, and once even helped a person make an appointment to see a family member who was incarcerated. "I've worked in public libraries for 10 years," she says. "Nothing surprises me anymore." » 12/20/13 3:00pm 12/20/13 3:00pm

A Comprehensive Review of What Went Down with HealthCare.gov

There's been a ton of news about HealthCare.gov from the dark days of the rollout in October, to the slightly better days of now when the online healthcare exchange seems to be at a point of minimum reliability. If you found keeping up exhausting, you're not alone. » 12/08/13 6:40pm 12/08/13 6:40pm

HealthCare.gov Is Now Running “Smoothly for Vast Majority of Users”

Back in October when HealthCare.gov launched and then promptly became an enormous shit show, the Obama administration imposed December 1st as their deadline for getting the site's act together. And today's the day! So how's stuff going? » 12/01/13 1:11pm 12/01/13 1:11pm

Google's Coming to the Rescue on HealthCare.gov

The "tech surge" that President Obama promised to fix the very broken HealthCare.gov portal just got a lot more tech-savvy. According to Bloomberg, companies like Google, Oracle and Red Hat are now swooping in to lead the recovery effort. But is it enough? » 10/31/13 3:30pm 10/31/13 3:30pm

Everything That's Wrong with HealthCare.gov

The HealthCare.gov launch did not go so well. Some people paid the website a visit only to be greeted by a blank screen. Others found error messages or talked to misleading call center reps or had their personal information compromised. The whole thing is borked, and everybody knows it. » 10/31/13 12:26pm 10/31/13 12:26pm

Healthcare.gov's Data Center Went Down Over the Weekend

Healthcare.gov just can't catch a break. Over the weekend, the data center supporting the part of the site that determines eligibility experienced an outage that affected 14 states and Washington, D.C. » 10/28/13 10:25am 10/28/13 10:25am

Healthcare.gov's Technical Problems Are Taking Their Toll

First it was a bad script at the tech support hotline. Then it was general institutional failure stemming from the U.S. government's reliance on outside contractors. And now it's just the plain fact that when you're on a schedule and things go wrong you get behind. » 10/27/13 10:54am 10/27/13 10:54am

Why the U.S. Government Needs a "Digital Core"

If you've been watching C-SPAN—and who hasn't?—you'll know the House Energy and Commerce Committee started hearings yesterday with the government contractors for HealthCare.gov, the maybe-not-quite-ready-for-prime-time website for the Affordable Care Act. » 10/25/13 3:40pm 10/25/13 3:40pm

A Crazy 3D-Printed Mouthpiece That Brushes Your Teeth For You

We can always get behind a 3D-printed object that does something practical. So we're intrigued by the Blizzident 3D-printed toothbrush, because this insane thing basically does all the brushing for you. » 10/01/13 4:40pm 10/01/13 4:40pm

Calico: Google’s Ambitious New Project to Stop Illness and Aging

Google just announced its most recent plan in a long list of crazy moonshots. This one isn't self-driving cars or internet in the sky, instead it's a company called Calico that's going to try and put an end to aging and disease. » 9/18/13 12:33pm 9/18/13 12:33pm