May 17, 2020

Amazon hires a new cardiologist to its healthcare division

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Catherine Sturman
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Social media has taken the world by storm. Senior leadership figures, such as Elon Musk and even President Trump regularly post updates through platform...

Social media has taken the world by storm. Senior leadership figures, such as Elon Musk and even President Trump regularly post updates through platforms such as Twitter, and now another popular healthcare figure through this digital tool.

Well-known, admired cardiologist Maulik Majmudar has revealed he is set to join Amazon in an undisclosed role, with the aim to “make a truly meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of individuals throughout the world,” he said through Twitter.

Within previous roles as Cardiologist and Associate Director at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as lecturing and exceptional training at the esteemed Harvard Medical School, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, amongst others, Majmudar is passionate about embracing new technologies which will help transform the industry for the future.

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With this in mind, Majmudar has also worked as a medical adviser at Biofourmis, which has been described as “the world’s most sophisticated HIPAA compliant personalised health analytics platform based on human physiology which uses digital mHealth devices and bio-sensors to capture important clinical information towards building a precise predictive analytics engine.”

Navigating through the ongoing complexities within healthcare, from complex regulations to data protection, Amazon has hired a number of high profile figures to its health team, such as Taha Kass-Hout, former FDA Chief Health Information Officer and healthcare leader Dr Atul Gawande.

Exploring areas such as pharmacy wholesale distribution, acquiring companies such as PillPack and Xealth, the development of new medical devices and use of AI to compete against rivals such as Walgreens, as well as launch its own healthcare clinics for employees.

It’s partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase will also further its goal to reduce ongoing escalating healthcare costs across the US, with Dr Gawande leading this venture.

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May 19, 2021

Vaccine rollout spurring dark net activity, McAfee finds

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Research by McAfee has found illegal sales of fake COVID-19 vaccines and tests on the dark net

A report by security software company McAfee has found a huge rise in the availability and demand for illegal COVID-19 vaccines. 

The research by McAfee Advanced Threat Research found evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are currently available on at least a dozen dark net marketplaces. Vaccines allegedly made by Pfizer-BioNTech are being sold for $600 to $2,500 per dose, with vendors using channels such as Wickr, Telegram, WhatsApp and Gmail to advertise and communicate. 

Some of the supposed vaccines are imported from the US, while others are packed in the UK and shipped all over the world, according to the listings.

Moderna vaccines, potentially fraudulent antibody tests and fake vaccine cards are also being increasingly sold on the dark web, on at least 10 different underground markets. 

Anne An, senior security researcher at McAfee’s Advanced Programs Group, told us that with the increased global demand for COVID-19 vaccinations, the demand for illegal vaccines, fake test results and vaccination record cards has also grown. "Consumers who are buying these items pose a serious threat to public health and spur the underground economy" she said. 

"Opportunistic cybercriminals capitalise on public interest in obtaining a COVID-19 immunity passport. These bad actors can also benefit by reselling the names, dates of birth, home addresses, contact details and other personally indefinable information of their customers." 

As well as cyber security measures, An says education is necessary to stem the rise in these illegal sales. "Dark net selling of illegal COVID-19 vaccinations, fake test results and vaccination record cards is both a cybersecurity issue and an educational issue.

"On the one hand, channels being used as a means of business have the responsibility to monitor and mitigate cybercriminal activity on their platforms. On the other, the ongoing efforts of government and medical officials to provide factual information on COVID-19 and vaccinations is critical to discouraging the demand for fraudulent alternatives."  

Read McAfee's report Fool’s Gold”: Questionable Vaccines, Bogus Results, and Forged Cards

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