Mobile Communication, Malware Warning, Health IT Market Predictions

Patients Want to Communicate with Doctors Using Mobile Devices – Healthcare IT News – According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, 1/3 of Internet-using adults were interested in using smartphones or tablets to make doctors appointments, receive medical test results, or communicate with their doctors. However, the majority of respondents were concerned about privacy and the ability of mobile devices to protect health information.

FDA Issues Malware Warning on Medical DevicesHealth Data Management The FDA is recommending that medical device manufacturers and healthcare facilities ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to reduce the risk of malware that can be introduced to medical devices through cyber attack. For example, applying software patches and updates in a timely fashion or effective control on the distribution and disabling of passwords. Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches.

Healthcare IT Market Predicted to Reach $31.3 billion by 2017 – RnR Market Research – According to this report, Canada is expected to register the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% (2012 to 2017) in the overall North America healthcare information technology market, followed by U.S (7.2%). The U.S. is expected to account for the highest share (72.6%) of the North America Healthcare IT market and is expected to reach $22.6 billion in by 2017 as compared to $15.9 billion in 2012.

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