May 17, 2020

MyMedicNow launches mobile healthcare app to bridge gap between patients and doctors

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MyMedicNow launches app in UAE to connect patients and doctors
UAE firm MyMedicNow has launched a new app that it says connects patients with the right doctors by allowing patients to search by symptoms or medical c...

UAE firm MyMedicNow has launched a new app that it says connects patients with the right doctors by allowing patients to search by symptoms or medical conditions.

The NEW app aims to help patients search for medical conditions and find related local healthcare providers quickly and efficiently, and is available on iOS, Android and via a web portal.

“From life-saving medications to cutting-edge treatments, the healthcare industry thrives on constant innovation,” said Dhaval Desai, CEO of MyMedicNow.

“However, the biggest recent breakthrough in healthcare is the smart phone and its apps. They say there's an app for everything, but the best ones are the apps that'll get you out of a bind when emergency strikes.

“MyMedicNow is abound with convenient solutions that not only help improve people’s lives, but also helps make informed choices easier and faster while ensuring doctors and hospitals are better connected to patients.”

The Global Mobile Health (mHealth) Market is poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 33.8% over the next ten years to reach approximately $181.52bn by 2025 according to a report by Research2Guidance Annual mHealth – 2016.

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Two-thirds of the world’s population has a mobile connection, and thanks to the growing mobile health industry — a blanket term for the apps, services and devices found at the intersection of medicine and mobile technology —people are using their phones to manage their health in ever more innovative ways.

The same report by Research2Guidance Annual mHealth - 2016 stated that almost 100,000 health-related apps have been added by 13,000 new publishers to the market since 2015. At that moment, there had already been 259,000 medical apps in major app stores.

“Smartphones are easily accessible, and this has transformed not just the mobile industry, but also the healthcare sector,” added Desai.

“However, when people hear about health apps, the general assumption is fitness tracker. In reality, there are more healthcare consulting apps to help patients and users with easy information.”

The app has seen a steady growth with over 6000 doctors listed before its official launch. Patients can book an appointment and get real-time confirmations for their appointments. The app also allows patients to rate doctors and hospitals.

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Jun 17, 2021

Peloton vulnerable to cyber attacks, McAfee research finds

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​​​​​​​Software security experts McAfee discovered exercise bikes by Peloton are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which the company have since resolved 

Peloton, the popular exercise bikes, were found to be vulnerable to cyber attacks in the latest research from McAfee. 

Peloton is a brand of electric bikes that combines high end exercise equipment with cutting-edge technology. Its products use wi fi to connect to a large tablet that interfaces with the components of the exercise device, and provides an easy way for physical activity enthusiasts to attend virtual workout classes over the internet several times a week.

Peloton has garnered attention recently around the privacy and security of its products. So McAfee decided to take a look for themselves and purchased a Peloton Bike+.

The problem

Researchers looked at the Android devices and uncovered a vulnerability  that could allow an attacker with either physical access to the Bike+ or access during any point in the supply chain to gain to hack into the bike’s tablet, including the camera, microphone and personal data. 

For the person using it there would be no indication the Bike+ has been tampered with, potentially putting Peloton’s 16.7 million users at risk.  

The flaw was found in the Android Verified Boot (AVB) process. McAfee researchers were able to bypass the Android Verified Boot process, which normally verifies all code and data before booting. They were then able to get the device to boot bypassing this step. 

This could potentially lead to the Android OS being compromised by an attacker who is physically present. Even worse, the attacker could boot up the Peloton with a modified credential to gain privileges, granting them access to the bike remotely. 

As the attacker never has to unlock the device to boot it up, there would be no trace of their access on the device. This type of attack could also happen at any point from construction to warehouse to delivery, by installing a backdoor into the Android tablet without the user ever knowing. 

The solution

Given the simplicity and criticality of the flaw, McAfee informed Peloton while auditing was ongoing. The vendor was sent full details,  and shortly after, Peloton confirmed the issue and released a fix for it. 

Further conversations between McAfee and  Peloton confirmed that this vulnerability had also been present on the Peloton Tread exercise equipment. 

Peloton’s Head of Global Information Security Adrian Stone, commented on the research: “This vulnerability reported by McAfee would require direct, physical access to a Peloton Bike+ or Tread. Like with any connected device in the home, if an attacker is able to gain physical access to it, additional physical controls and safeguards become increasingly important.

"To keep our members safe, we acted quickly and in coordination with McAfee. We pushed a mandatory update in early June and every device with the update installed is protected from this issue.”

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