Profile: Nandini Ramani, Outcome Health’s new Chief Engineering Officer
Outcome Health, the world’s largest platform for actionable health intelligence, has announced the appointment of Nandini Ramani as its new Chief Engineering Officer.
“Healthcare is an industry close to my heart and Outcome Health’s impact on society is tangible and meaningful,” Ramani said, clearly enthused by the opportunity.
“In addition to Outcome Health’s commitment to its mission, the addressable market and track record of growth are remarkable.
“Building a platform that can deliver better decision making, clinical workflow and health outcomes is a rare opportunity, especially at this scale.”
Having previously led the Java business unit for Oracle and acted as the Vice President of Engineering for Twitter, Ramani was previously ranked as one of the world’s most powerful female engineers of 2017 by Business Insider.
With such vast expertise, Ramani will be tasked with strengthening Outcome Health’s technology platform and tablets to help physicians in dealing with patient enquiries.
“We are honoured to welcome Nandini to our executive team and thrilled to have her lead the realisation of our product roadmap in our journey to transform the healthcare experience,” said Shradha Agarwal, President of Outcome Health.
“Excellence in engineering is foundational to our ability to scale across consultation rooms around the world as we further our mission of activating better health decisions to improve patient outcomes.”
Ramani’s appointment comes in the wake of the company’s $500mn funding round in May, taking its overall valuation to roughly $5bn.
Investors in this funding round include Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, CapitalG, Leerink Transformation Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital and Balyansy Management.
Vaccine rollout spurring dark net activity, McAfee finds
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