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EPFL software to enable secure data-sharing for hospitals

The MedCo system aims to facilitate medical research on pathologies — such as cancer and infectious diseases — by enabling secure computations on decentralized data. The unique software has recently been deployed at three Swiss hospitals.

02 April 2020, EPFL News

“The opportunity to query decentralized databases securely, while eliminating the possibility of identifying patients, is an important lever for accelerating university clinical research…Read more >>> 



Revealed: how drugs giants can access your health records

Experts say information sold on by Department of Health and Social Care can be traced back to individual medical records

08 February 2020, The Guardian

The Department of Health and Social Care has been selling the medical data of millions of NHS patients to American and other international drugs companies having misled the public…Read more >>> 


Data privacy concerns hamper adoption, use of personal medical devices

While Americans think consumer tech is driving more connected relationships with their providers, they also see voice technology and AI with a skeptical eye.

08 Janvier 2020, Healthcare IT News

Despite the push towards healthcare digitalization and the rise of personal medical devices, just 38 percent of Americans believe proper safeguards are in place to protect their personal health data…Read more >>> 

Pentagon warns US military not to use home DNA testing kits

The Pentagon is advising members of the US military not to use DNA testing kits, warning that the popular genetic identification kits could pose a security risk.

13 November 2019, MIT Technology Review

Companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry allow people to get a breakdown of their genetic makeup and geographic heritage…Read more >>> 

Google is to get access to millions of Americans’ personal health data

Google has signed a deal with Ascension, the second-largest hospital system in the US, to collect and analyze millions of Americans’ personal health data

12 November 2019, MIT Technology Review

Eventually, data from all of the company’s patients (birth dates, lab results, diagnoses, and hospitalization records, for example) could be uploaded to Google’s cloud computing systems…Read more >>> 

Popular third-party genetic genealogy site is vulnerable to compromised data, impersonations

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that GEDmatch is vulnerable to multiple kinds of security risks. An adversary can use only a small number of comparisons to extract someone’s sensitive genetic markers.

29 Octobre 2019, University of Washington

“People think of genetic data as being personal — and it is. It’s literally part of their physical identity,” said lead author Peter Ney, a postdoctoral researcher in the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “This makes the privacy of genetic data particularly important…Read more >>> 

Mayo Clinic studies patient privacy in MRI research

Though identifying data typically are removed from medical image files before they are shared for research, a Mayo Clinic study finds that this may not be enough to protect patient privacy.

23 Octobre 2019, News Wise

“At Mayo Clinic, we take patient privacy as a core value,” … “We are studying potential gaps in deidentification as we seek ways to improve these techniques.”…Read more >>>