Health IT in the Cloud: Moving From “Nice to Have” to “Mandatory”

This is a guest post by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology. 83% of IT executives report they are using cloud services today for healthcare IT according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Health IT is moving to cloud and it’s no longer a “nice to have.” – It has become a necessity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 set in motion a series of strict compliance requirements for the healthcare industry.

Biometrics Institute informs UK Parliament about privacy concerns

Biometrics Institute announced it has made a submission to the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee addressing the need to establish and enforce guidelines regarding privacy and vulnerability assessments for the responsible use of biometrics. The submission is in response to the Committee’s call for submissions last month to its inquiry regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the current regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. In its submission, the

MorphoTrust gets pilot grant from NIST to create secure electronic ID

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has given MorphoTrust USA (Safran) a pilot grant to create an electronic ID to access online services with the same security, privacy protection and ability to authenticate identity as today’s face-to-face transactions. Through the pilot program, MorphoTrust will receive $1.47 million over the next two years to test the security, viability and interoperability of an electronic credential that encourages confidence, privacy, selection and innovation to meet the key principles of the White House’s

Preserving Privacy in an Age of Increased Surveillance – A Biometrics Perspective

27 October 2014 London, UK This workshop is hosted by IBM Emerging Technologies and will focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications helping to understand key concerns and trends, including impact of biometrics on privacy, privacy protection technologies and gaps in knowledge and practice. We will together reflect upon the many new threats and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile devices, Google Glass, …) and processing capabilities.

Biometrics use at Massachusetts school raise privacy concerns from parents

The school system in North Adams, Massachusetts is introducing biometrics tofacilitate lunch lines at schools, which has raised concerns among parents about privacy and government interfering with their children’s lives, according to a report by The move follows more than a year of meetings regarding parents’ refusal to pay for delinquent lunch bills, misconceptions about free and discounted lunches, and privacy issues. When a notice informing parents about the new biometrics technology was sent home with children, many parents

Biometric revenue from smartphones expected to increase: Study

Frost & Sullivan published a new study that shows that the number of global biometrics smartphone users is expected to increase exponentially from 43.23 million in 2013 to 471.11 million in 2017. The spike in smartphone users during this time represents a shift from the early adopter phase to the early maturity phase. By 2019, biometrics will fully be considered a mature technology. Entitled “Biometrics Go Mobile: A Market Overview”, the Frost & Sullivan study is part of the Smart

FacialNetwork releases new demo of facial recognition app on Google Glass

FacialNetwork announced it has released the second demo video of its facial recognition search engine NameTag on Google Glass. FacialNetwork developed NameTag for mobile devices that can rapidly scan a photo against millions of public domain images. The demo shows NameTag on Google Glass quickly scanning 20 faces and leading to the correct match results for each person in real time. FacialNetwork CEO Kevin Alan Tussy said that the company is now able to get match results back in under

Facebook reintroduces facial recognition feature in European Union

Facebook has been quietly restoring elements of its face recognition services in Europe, two years after data privacy advocates removed it, according to a report by TechCrunch. In 2012, European data authorities condemned Facebook’s ( facial recognition software, which instantly recognized and suggested the names of friends from the user’s previously posted photos. The facial recognition technology was partly reinforced from Facebook’s acquisition of Israeli startup in 2012. Data authorities disabled the facial recognition feature in the EU in

Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents

Biometrics could be the ideal tool to protect private consumer data in the cloud. In the wake of an iCloud security flaw that allowed the theft of nude photos last weekend of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and several other female actresses and musicians, Apple should consider integrating biometric authentication into its next iteration of iCloud security. Authentication is the process of validating users, ensuring that they are who they say they are. Solutions range from traditional alphanumeric username

Imprivata makes enhancements to biometric verification solution for healthcare

Imprivata announced it has made several technology enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away, a biometric verification solution designed to protect healthcare organizations against unauthorized access to patient records at shared clinical workstations. Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away is HIPAA compliant, boosts clinical workflow efficiency, and includes advanced 3D camera technology, video tracking and facial recognition software to deliver an active presence detection solution that safeguards patient information. “We’ve made significant enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away to deliver a leading-edge, patented