Privacy experts say choosing life insurance tied to fitness tracking could have unintended consequences

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Insurance giant John Hancock, owned by Canadian company Manulife Financial Corp., announced Thursday a switch to “interactive” life-insurance policies only, which offer incentives for things like wearing a Fitbit or other fitness tracker. Source: CBC News Date: September 20th, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/privacy-life-insurance-john-hancock-1.4833193 Discussion 1) When I read articles like this and people complain about “invasion of privacy”, I am always drawn to… Read more »

The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »

Dust-sized ‘fitbits’ offer new way to monitor the body from within

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Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions, including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics. Source: CBC Date: September 20th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fitness-sensors-tiny-wireless-1.3751021 Discussion 1) The ability to monitor at such small scale could have a myriad… Read more »

Alberta pot producer launches mobile app to buy medical marijuana

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Need some medical marijuana? There’s an app for that. An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed. Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon. Source: CBC Date: September 15th,… Read more »

This Entrepreneur Developed A Test That Diagnosed His Dad With Cancer

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Description: Conventional tests had failed to detect his father’s prostate cancer—but his “liquid biopsy” technology did. Source: Fast Company Date: April 1, 2016 When Santa Cruz professor Richard Otte, 61, got an annual screening test for prostate cancer, called a PSA, the results came back negative. Shortly thereafter, he reached out to his son Gabriel, an… Read more »

What can doctors learn from pilots and cyclists?

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Description: Copying the aviation industry and even professional cycling may help the NHS save lives, writes Matthew Syed. Source: BBC Date: April 1, 2016 Today, a new approach to learning will come into legal effect in the NHS, with the establishment of an independent accident investigation branch. It is modelled on aviation, an industry which has… Read more »

Google Wants to Patent a Blood-Sucking Smartwatch

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Description: Google just filed a patent application for a “needle-free blood draw” device that can be implanted in a wearable. Source: Gizmodo Date: December 4, 2015 The Google design isn’t exactly needle-free. It’s a really slick finger-pricking gadget that works by blasting a gas-powered microparticle into the skin and then draws a small vial of blood… Read more »

The Doctor on a Quest to Save Our Medical Devices From Hackers

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Description: Dr. David Klonoff is trying to make his patients’ medical devices more secure. Source: Wired Date: November 24, 2015   Klonoff wants to find a way to secure insulin pumps to shut out nefarious hackers while still letting patients hack their own pumps for better performance. Read More. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think that… Read more »