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States Sharing of COVID-19 Patients’ Data With First Responders Sparks Privacy Concern

More than 11 million people have been tested in the U.S. for COVID-19, all with the assurance that their private medical information would remain protected and undisclosed. Yet, public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses …

Google, Amazon Health and Fitness Apps Don’t Have Much to Do With Health

As the market for smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa continues to expand, there is a potential for these devices to help enhance the health of users. But, while the app stores of these devices are full of apps in the …

John Hancock Will Only Sell Interactive Life Insurance with Fitness Data Tracking

John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. …

Alabama Man Steals 39 Patient Identities, Buys 14 Cars

Police say an Irondale, Ala., man stole the identities of dozens of patients at a Birmingham doctor’s office and used their credit to buy 14 automobiles worth an estimated half million dollars. Multiple news outlets report 20-year-old Charles Cheeks was …

Arch Enhances Healthcare Facility Professional Liability Form

Arch Insurance Group, a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd., has launched a specialized healthcare professional liability product in the U.S called Net Protection PLUS / Regulatory Defense PLUS coverage, which will be available on select Arch Healthcare policies. According …

Obama Administration Offers Healthcare Law Security Measures

The Obama administration will announce measures to reassure Americans about the privacy and security of the information they submit when they sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, officials said on Wednesday. The administration plans to …