Apple CEO says FBI request puts health data in jeopardy; New York veterans get health services app;

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> Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an open letter regarding the FBI's request to provide a backdoor to the iPhone, notes that doing so could put users' private health information at risk. Cook believes if encryption change is mandated it may lead to the government demanding surveillance apps to access health records without users' knowledge. The FBI wants Apple to create the backdoor so it can gain access to information on the phone of terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook. Letter

> New York state veterans and their families now have access to a new app that provides easy access to healthcare services, as well as several other veteran services such as housing, according to The NYS Veterans App, available for both iOS and Android devices, is aimed at helping the state's nearly 1 million service personnel. Article

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> A new study from Humana and the Economist Intelligence Unit offers insight into the benefit of employee participation in wellness programs and how wellness programs can improve employee engagement with a company's goals and mission. Article

> Seeing a need to provide customized healthcare resources to family members caring for loved ones at home, UnitedHealth has turned to a technology-based solution. The insurer's recently launched program, called Solutions for Caregivers, offers a suite of customized resources intended to speed recovery and prevent unnecessary medical visits. Article

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> Though the healthcare industry is often seen as slow to adopt new technologies and reinvent itself, some major organizations are listed alongside names such as Uber, Apple and Buzzfeed in Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies of 2016. Included in the magazine's list of top innovators by sector are a major health insurance company, well-regarded-health systems, a wearable technology vendor, a new philanthropic foundation and a retailer that has fashioned itself into a one-stop-shop healthcare provider. Article

> Patients treated at hospitals in competitive regional markets are more likely to undergo robotic-assisted surgery, according to a study published online this week in JAMA Surgery. Growing market competition was associated with increased use of robotic-assisted surgery for all five types of surgery; at the same time, higher profit margins were associated only with partial nephrectomy. Article

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