News 1/4/10

The American Ambulance Association is beginning to train its medics on the invisible Bracelet, a web-based emergency health registry. For $5 a year, patients are issued a PIN number that is kept on a wallet card, key fob, or sticker affixed to an insurance card. In the event of an emergency, EMS personnel can enter a patient’s PIN number into a registry that provides critical health information. When a PIN number is accessed, the registry will also notify up to 10 emergency contacts via e-mail or SMS that the patient is hospital-bound. Great use of K.I.S.S. methodology.

Halo Monitoring

Halo Monitoring announces partnership with A&D Medical. The partnership extends the myHalo web-based personal health monitoring system to include weight and blood pressure monitoring.

A German computer engineer cracks cell phone security code.  Karsten Nohl, a widely consulted encryption expert, working with a team of hackers has deciphered and published the 64-bit GSM encryption algorithm used to secure most cellphones throughout the world.  The encryption key itself does not enable eavesdropping of digital calls, but the breach represents a serious wake-up call to cell phone operators worldwide.

Palm Pre

Palm releases webOS version 1.3.5 for the Pre and Pixi.  Update includes numerous modifications, but most significant: no app storage limit, enhance battery management and performance, and improved app catalog features.

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