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  • Biomedical informatics in Switzerland: need for action By Christian Lovis and Jürg Blaser

    By on July 14, 2015

    ” BMI is only marginally recognised in Switzerland, unlike in many other countries, including the USA. Recent major changes, however, such as the future federal law on electronic patient records, the personalised health initiative or the growing empowerment of citizens towards their health data are adding weight to the need for BMI capacity-building in Switzerland.

    In Switzerland, a new federal law regulating the shared electronic patient record is currently being discussed at the political level. This law promotes the use of electronic health services, eHealth and, in particular, the rollout of electronic patient records. Implementation of the electronic patient record is expected to improve patient safety and increase in the efficiency of the healthcare system, while empowering patients. The law will introduce mandatory use of the electronic health record for inpatients with some limited financial incentives.”

    Full Article: http://blog.smw.ch/biomedical-informatics-in-switzerland-need-for-action/

     

  • Infographic Key Digital Health Trends for EU Pharma Marketers by Manhattan Research

    By on July 6, 2015

     

    Strong demand for digital resources from pharma…

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  • Arkathon Hacking Health Valais starting today at 17:00 in Sierre

    By on June 5, 2015

    The first hacking health hackathon in Switzerland – the Arkathon in Valais – is about to start at 05:00PM today in Sierre.

    15 innovative healthcare projects  will be developed in the next 48 hours.

    13 mentors will support all the teams during the event.

    On the 7th of June at 11:00AM each team will present its project in front of a jury.

    The winning project will win the main prize (value of CHF 25‘000). Winners will be presented to the public  Thursday, 11 June 2015, during the e-Health day, organized at the TechnoArk Sierre.

    Check out the full program here.

    Pryv is supporting the event by providing:

    • access to software platform and tools for data collection, management and storage
    • technical support to use the platform and the tools
    • mentoring

    Arkathon Hacking Health Valais wishes to create an environment conducive to the emergence of digital health projects by inviting health professionals and new technologies experts to work together.

    Held for the first time in Sierre from 5 to 7 June 2015, this event is meant for healthcare professionals which have challenges needed to be solved by computer technology, as well as software developers willing to make their skills available to practical health projects.

    Join us!

     

  • Pryv presents at Medtech Village Geneva on June, 3rd 16:30 during the conference “Innovation and Process Optimization”

    By on June 3, 2015

    Join us at the Medtech Village Geneva today at 16:30 during the conference “Innovation and Process Optimization” where we will present Pryv software tools for health and medical data management.

    Our software tools empowers Medtech and Connected-Health companies to go to market with reduced time and IT resources!

    Medtech Village conference

  • La Journée de l’Innovation et des PME, le 12 mai au SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

    By on May 11, 2015

    We are glad, our CEO Pierre-Mikael Legris will take part in the panel discussion “Encourager les opportunités du eHealth tout en maîtrisant les risques” tomorrow at La Journée de l’Innovation organised by @LeReseau

    Find out more about the participants and exhibiting companies here

  • We are proud Pryv is one of the 8 selected ICT start-ups for the SICTIC day, Lausanne, May 11th

    By on May 11, 2015

    Le SICTIC Investor day 2015 aura lieu le 11 mai. Sélectionnées par 4 spécialistes reconnus de la scène entrepreneuriale romande (Pierre Bordry, Capital ProximitéAlexandre Peyraud, entrepreneur – Pierre-Jean Wipff, InnovaudSal Matteis, entrepreneur et investisseur)  8 startups vont pitcher pour cet événement qui aura lieu au siège de Debiopharm SA à Lausanne.

     

    Find out more here

  • NueMD Infographic: HIPAA, We Have A Problem

    By on April 16, 2015
    Infographic: HIPAA, We Have a Problem

    “Medical practitioners and their billing partners are struggling to maintain compliance standards with guidelines established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to a survey by NueMD and the Daniel Brown Law Group. The Final Omnibus Ruling from HIPAA was issued in 2013, but some healthcare providers remain unaware of the policy updates this legislation brings. Currently, 36 percent of medical office professionals lack vital understanding of HIPAA’s regulations, with an additional 33 percent failing to comprehend the audit strategies that are being implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Audits are still rolling out, and organizations that legally must remain HIPAA compliant are opening themselves up to massive fines. The maximum HIPAA fines have increased to $50,000 per violation, capping at $1.5 million. To protect patient information and avoid financial fines, medical practices need to ensure their security measures and employees are up-to-date on HIPAA’s changes.”

    Source: NueMD

    Pryv is HIPAA privacy & security compliant and under certification with ISO 27001. The platform’s unique decentralized design makes it easy to comply with multiple healthcare legislations and policies.

  • Health app developers face their biggest obstacle: Privacy regulations | VentureBeat | Health | by Evan Schuman

    By on March 23, 2015

    Source: VentureBeat


    Mobile apps for health care have broken new ground in monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment. Next week, some of the most advanced will be highlighted at the SXSW Accelerator competition.

    These apps have the potential to advance health care, especially in parts of the world where quality care is distant. But they first have to overcome a huge obstacle. In addition to the funding challenges and routine tech hurdles that every startup must clear, healthcare apps have to wrestle with 19-year-oldfederal HIPAA guidelines, which often frustrate developers, who see the rules as impractical in the mobile world of 2015.

    “I think it is one of the major challenges in the space right now and for the foreseeable future,” said David Whelan, chief business officer for Stemp, which makes a mechanism for continuously taking a patient’s temperature via a mobile device and is a finalist in the SXSW competition. “The conflict is the competing priorities between HIPAA requirements and making healthcare data measurable and accessible via mobile technology. HIPAA is outdated in very much the same way that intellectual property rights and copyright law has been outdated.

    “We’ve seen this repeatedly over the past 10-15 years with the advent of digital media. These guidelines were written for another time, another era,” Whelan said.

    Whelan added that part of the problem is the crowded community of people involved in any mobile healthcare data effort: regulators, insurers, doctors, and patients, all of whom have different perspectives.

    Dana Abramovitz is a biochemist who is running the Health & MedTech Expo at next week’s SXSW event in Austin and she echoed Whelan’s concerns about the crowded mobile healthcare communities. But Abramovitz’s chief concern about that crowding is not the large number of players per se, but who is talking to whom — and who isn’t involved.

    “The conversation currently is between the policy makers, the companies (making the mobile apps) and the hospitals,” Abramovitz said. “The person — the patient — that is who is being left out of the conversation. Why can I deposit a check on my mobile phone but I can’t e-mail the results of an MRI of my foot to my doctor?”

    Is HIPAA even practical?

    The essence of the HIPAA argument is that no healthcare personally identifiable information (PII) should be easily accessible to unauthorized people, whether that’s a marketer trying to sell products, an identity thief or a romantic partner who has temporary access to the patient’s phone. Some have interpreted this to forbid saving any information on the phone, opting instead to have it encrypted and securely transmitted to a hopefully secure server.

    Another common issue: Any communication via e-mail or text is either banned by HIPAA or must be done in such a cryptic way as to make it useless to thieves if intercepted. (Example: “Dr. Smith, Patient 56729 has a result. Log in to your server to see what it is.”)

    The problem is that this approach isn’t always practical, such as when the phone is in an area where Internet access is spotty. Frustratingly, those are precisely the places where these kinds of mobile health care capabilities can do the most good.

    Consider MobileODT, which makes a device that leverages a phone’s capabilities to make cervical cancer diagnosis easier and much less expensive. Its device, according to CEO Ariel Beery, “transforms the phone into a long-range microscope” by physically attaching a specialized lens with a light-source and a battery pack.

    “We’re adding an additional lens to (the phone’s) lens, making it a mix of a telescope and a microscope. The physician can then see a distance of 30 centimeters away at a magnification of between 10 and 25 times.”

    The $1,800 device replaces the standard hospital-based mechanism, which costs more than 10 times as much, Beery said. But in many of the areas MobileODT focuses on, the mobile apparatus wouldn’t replace that large hospital equipment — because in those areas, there is no equipment. Instead, health workers make diagnoses with a flashlight and the naked eye.

    Such diagnoses “are more often than not wrong,” resulting in a high rate of miscarriages and infections, Beery said. “They are treating five out of six women unnecessarily.”

    Cloud storage to the rescue

    Due to the HIPAA restrictions, the images captured by MobileODT’s app have to be shared with a cloud-based server and can’t be stored on the phone. (MobileODT is also a finalist in the SXSW competition.)

    Another example comes from another finalist in the SXSW competition: Eko Devices, which creates a mobile-enhanced intelligent stethoscope that routes heart sounds to a phone via Bluetooth LE. It creates four 10-second .wav audio clips–each file is about 800KB–and then sends them to a server, with nothing stored on the phone, according to Eko COO Jason Bellet.

    The idea is that the mobile app uses active noise-filtering and digital amplification software, creating a high-quality sound file that heart specialists anywhere in the world can listen to and diagnose. Bellet argues that this has huge cost implications, partially because there is little emphasis on diagnosing stethoscope sounds in medical schools today.

    “There is an over-reliance on technology. We’re seeing $3,000 echocardiograms being used instead of a $15 exam,” Bellet said, suggesting that his device “creates an environment to hear heart sounds more clearly and more accurately” — and to share them more easily.

    Although few health care mobile developers say that HIPAA strikes the right balance between privacy and innovation, some maintain that wholesale changes to HIPAA may not be necessary.

    “I don’t disagree that (HIPAA) is horribly long and convoluted. But we haven’t found it to be too cumbersome,” MobileODT’s Beery said. “Just like most regulatory guidelines, HIPAA can be challenging to read and a bit clunky, especially since so much has changed in the digital sphere since it was written. That said, it shouldn’t be a barrier to health-interested startups.”

    Innovation that honors HIPAA

    Chandra Haas is the CEO of Securasi Rx Vault, which makes a health care app for psychiatrists. His position is that many of the HIPAA obstacles can be addressed with much more extensive use of encryption on mobile devices, something that some developers resist. It short, he puts the onus on developers, not HIPAA, to be more flexible.

    Developers are “not innovating enough to allow for easy-to-use compliance within the existing rules. High levels of encryption should be baked into these products,” Haas said. “Typically, companies hash the password and use that as the encryption key and that’s simply not secure enough.

    “It’s possible to innovate in a way that honors HIPAA. It is really not necessary to change HIPAA.”

    There are also many mobile app developers who are not even sure what HIPAA permits, and are therefore nervous about how to proceed.

    Swatee Surve is CEO of Litesprite, another finalist in the SXSW competition. Litesprite uses mobile games to treat stress and related psychological conditions and Surve said there is much frustration about where the boundaries and where they should be.

    “HIPAA is not a regulation as much as it’s a guideline,” Surve said. “There is no inspector who will come into your office say you’re not HIPAA compliant or you are.”

    Surve said that this debate involves fundamental issues about society. “It is fundamentally a question of consumer perception. What do we want as a society? How much privacy are we willing to give up?”

    Another way to look at that question is to ask how much inconvenience and cost are we willing to put up with in order to secure private data. That answer changes, logically enough, based on the value of the protected data.

    Put more ominously: How much damage could a bad guy do with the protected data?

    Perfect security: Next to impossible

    Many of today’s mobile health care apps deal with only a small sliver of information, such as a heartbeat, a temperature history, a blood test, etc. But Tute Genomics — yet another SXSW finalist — is dealing with the full genome and touches on extensive DNA analysis. In your doctor’s hands, this could be a powerful diagnostic and preventative tool. In the wrong hands, such data could be devastating.

    Tute’s director of bioinformatics, Bryce Daines, said today’s mobile HIPAA issues need to be resolved, but with genomes, he thinks a balance emphasizing medical capabilities over security and privacy should be considered.

    “From a practical point of view when dealing with genetics testing, (HIPAA) is only limiting,” Daines said. “We certainly have to have an eye on security, but I don’t think we should limit ourselves just because of potential privacy issues.”

    Stemp’s product collects repeated temperature data points from sensors attached to the patient. This is helpful, for example, with a sleeping sick child, so that you can monitor the temperature without waking the patient. This also gives physicians a complete history of temperatures, which is often much more medically useful than a single temperature reading.

    But such data collection on the phone could easily violate HIPAA. “It might not be possible for this to work without saving to cache [on the phone],” said Whelan. “That (HIPAA) set of requirements might not be reasonable.”

    Whelan makes the case that reasonable security/privacy might be achieved by keeping all data points small, which would theoretically mean that capturing any single one would pose minimal risk.

    “Consumers might have pieces of data settling between their device and (cloud servers). If you’re moving data over devices like this, there is not going to be complete security. It’s next to impossible,” Whelan said.

    “There could always be another loophole that gets in between where the data is coming from and where you want it to go.”

  • Bilan: Les nouveaux modèles d’affaires de la «privacy».

    By on March 17, 2015

    http://www.bilan.ch/node/1019051

    PAR FABRICE DELAYE Plusieurs start-up suisses font de la protection de la vie privée une expérience utilisateur attrayante.

    DONNÉES PERSONNELLES

    Depuis de nombreuses années, on répète que les lois helvétiques sur la protection de la vie privée sont un atout dans la nouvelle économie numérique. Les révélations de l’affaire Snowden sur la surveillance des données personnelles, l’arrivée des objets connectés et du soi quantifié et les applications pour smartphone qui nous géolocalisent à tout instant ont rendu la question tangible pour un large public.

    Reste qu’à l’exception de la transformation de quelques bunkers de l’armée en data centers, le business suisse de la protection de la vie privée et des données demeurait abstrait pour l’utilisateur lambda. C’est ce qu’a décidé de changer une poignée de start-up.

    Privately dans le contrôle d’accès aux données que l’on publie sur les réseaux sociaux, Pryv pour celui des données médicales, Threema avec sa messagerie instantanée encryptée et ProtonMail avec ses e-mails entièrement sécurisés donnent aux utilisateurs des moyens simples et efficaces de protéger leurs données personnelles des grandes oreilles de la NSA comme de Google et consorts. En substance, non seulement elles conservent les données sur des serveurs basés en Suisse mais elles démocratisent des outils sophistiqués d’encryptions. Ils sont invisibles dans l’expérience utilisateur.

    Naissance d’un cluster

    Spin-off du groupe Kudelski, Privately vient ainsi de lancer une application qui rend les données (les photos, par exemple) publiées sur Facebook et Twitter accessibles uniquement à des destinataires et pour des durées choisis. Il suffit de les télécharger sur l’app qui les publie ensuite sur les réseaux sociaux avec ces paramètres. La lausannoise Pryv commercialise, elle, sa technologie certifiée en marque blanche pour des partenaires dans le domaine de la santé.

    A l’instar de Domosafety, ils en font une fonctionnalité de leurs produits. Threema, de son côté, fait un carton en Allemagne avec une messagerie de type WhatsApp entièrement encryptée et utilisée par 3,2  millions de personnes. La genevoise ProtonMail s’apprête à lancer sa boîte mail, elle aussi encryptée, après avoir attiré plus de 300 000 utilisateurs pour la version test. Grâce à une prise en compte soignée de l’expérience utilisateur, ces entreprises concrétisent les promesses d’un cluster helvétique dans la «privacy».

  • Pryv news: connect Moves App and graphs on iOs App

    By on March 16, 2015

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    We are excited to announce integration with Moves, as well as the release of a new version of Pryv for iOS, with new functionality and better performance and usability.

    Moves integration

    Now you can enrich your Pryv perspective with all the walking, cycling and running automatically recorded by Moves.
    Connect here (or via the web app)

    Graph visualization for your measures on iOS

    Get a more insightful view for your numerical values.
    Please note that in version 1.7.7 of the app your values and graphs will appear first in the mobile timeline.

    Download Pryv for iOS
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