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    FTC takes action on health app claims Edit Post

    The US Federal Trade Commission took action against MelApp, an app that says it can help diagnose or assess melanoma risks in users, barring it from making “deceptive or unsupported claims”. The company behind it, Health Discovery Corporation, was fined $17,963. It is now prohibited from claiming any device detects or diagnoses melanoma or its risk factors, or increases ...

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    Samsung backs new platforms to push mobile health Edit Post

    Samsung is backing open hardware and software platforms in the hope of encouraging the wider development of sensors, algorithms and data collection for health-based services. The South Korean vendor has come up with an open hardware reference design called Simband, which it has demonstrated in the form of a wearable wristband. It also showed off how an open software platform could pull together and display data from a number of sources. The platforms are designed to attract entrepreneurs – and new thinking – to the health sector. Samsung’s own description for what the basic hardware platform can do was fairly typical – track measurements such ...
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    BlackBerry invests in health IT firm NantHealth Edit Post

    BlackBerry has taken an undisclosed stake in NantHealth, a US firm specialising in cloud and mobile-based health services, as part of its strategy to beef up its enterprise business. In addition, the two companies will jointly develop new services to which BlackBerry will contribute its QNX operating system and BBM Protected, its proposed secure messaging service. The partners will also release a health sector-specific smartphone later this year or early in 2015, according to Reuters. The move fits with comments made by BlackBerry CEO Chen during Mobile World Congress that the vendor might develop vertical-specific devices. Healthcare was the sector he mentioned as having ...