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OpenMedReady formed, IBM flails in health-related layoffs

A new healthcare technology alliance has been formed this week, OpenMedReady, potentially a sign of the opportunity for its founders – ARM, ForgeRock, Philips, Qualcomm Life, Sparsa, and US TrustedCare. However, IBM is struggling in this department, and has reportedly begun laying off between 50-70% of the workforce it picked up through a number of health-focused acquisitions. OpenMedReady is essentially a framework that aims to bring together some existing standards and approaches, in order to provide remote patient monitoring. The five areas it addresses are: patient monitoring, patient identity, patient privacy, device identity, data integrity, and consent. Hospitals are extremely interested in remote monitoring, as it allows them to free up in-hospital resources. However, because of the high-risk nature of…

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