May 17, 2020

Now Healthcare Group appoints new CCO

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Sophie Chapman
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Emma-Jane French appointed new CCO of Now Healthcare Group
Emma-Jane French has been appointed as the new Chief Commercial Officer of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider.

Now Healthcare Group (NHG...

Emma-Jane French has been appointed as the new Chief Commercial Officer of Europe’s largest digital healthcare provider.

Now Healthcare Group (NHG), who are based in MediaCityUK, has selected Ms French to lead the commercial and strategic development.

Following the new CCO appointment, NHG expects to be supporting more than 20mn people globally by the end of the year.

“I am really pleased to have joined the Now Healthcare Group and be part of the journey to deliver digital healthcare services to everyone, anywhere and at any time,” stated Emma-Jane French.

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“It is such an exciting time for the digital health industry and NHG are at the forefront of an exciting evolution.”

“Our work with the NHS means we are committed to easing the ever-increasing pressure faced by the service, and we are working collaboratively across organisations to deliver health care solutions for our growing population.”

Prior to her new position, Ms French had 25 years’ experience in the health industry, working with My Clinical Coach as Managing Director, and Totally Health as Chief Operating Officer.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the government’s regulatory body regarding healthcare services – recently announced that it had no recommended improvements for NHG.

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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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