News highlights for Friday

AnthemHealth didn’t encrypt, Blueprint Health collects, HealthSpot funds again, Sense4Baby goes to Europe, Apple Health pilots in hospitals and buddi gets bigger still.

Another hack attack claimed major US health insurer AnthemHealth, the former WellPoint. It’s estimated that 80 million of its customers, former customers and employees had data breached: names, addresses, dates of birth, emails, employment information, income, medical IDs and SSIs. The Wall Street Journal reports that Anthem didn’t encrypt data for analytics reasons. It’s unconfirmed where the hackers originated but Bloomberg’s latest report tags the usual Chinese state-sponsored suspects. Unusually, it was reported within days of discovery; Anthem has called in Mandiant (FireEye) to beef up its cybersecurity. Other reports: WSJ, Modern Healthcare….The Blueprint Health accelerator has a new initiative, the Collective. It is designed to pair up major healthcare providers and payers with startups and early stage companies. So far signed up are Aetna, AstraZeneca, HP, Montefiore, North Shore LIJ, New York-Presbyterian, Samsung, EmblemHealth, Philips and Razorfish Healthware. More information here….The HealthSpot Station telehealth/telemedicine kiosk is readying a $11.6 million funding round from four investors soon, based on an SEC Form D filed 28 January, according to MedCityNews. This follows on an undisclosed investment sum from Xerox in November including their becoming HealthSpot’s BPS (business process services) provider, and pilots with RiteAid and Mayo Clinic. This brings their funding, according to CrunchBase, to $43.8 million (not including Xerox)….AirStrip’s recently acquired (April 2014Sense4Baby fetal/maternal monitor will be distributed in 13 European countries (not including UK) through a partnership with the Netherland’s Telenatal. HIT Consultant….14 US hospitals are testing Apple HealthKit/Health for monitoring diabetes and hypertension. Metrics tracked included blood pressure, calories, exercise, glucose levels, heart rate and weight. iHealthBeat….An update on buddi. Their partnership with Intel-GE Care Innovations [TTA 16 Dec 14] is sizable, with a commitment up to 50,000 units. We also understand they are in discussions to introduce buddi internationally including Holland, Italy, Mexico and Singapore. The Daily Mail also took a deep dive into their methodology right before Christmas.

The Editors, especially Editor Donna in NYC, express their sympathy to Alan Brody and his family on the tragic loss of his wife Ellen in the Valhalla, NY train accident earlier this week. Alan is well known in the NY and national healthcare and health tech startup community as the founder of iBreakfast and the Startupaloozas that match investors with startups. [Hat tip to Sarianne Gruber, contributing editor of RCMAnswers.]

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