An industry insider warns that the much-hyped effort to digitize medical records is being compromised by theft of personal data, putting patients -- and investors -- at risk.
Greg Porter has this frightening diagnosis for e-health care investors: The digital diseases of piracy and commodification of information that have debilitated the music, publishing and financial services industries have infected their field as well.
"The theft of protected, personal health information has never been higher," he said.
Porter is no quack. He's the founder of Allegheny Digital, an information security company in Pittsburgh and an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he pioneered the curriculum on information security in the health care industry.
The elements are in place for explosive growth in the automation and robotic revolution. A company called Proto Labs is positioned to benefit.
The stock gets an upgrade as Wall Street awaits Friday's release in the US of the new Z10 touchscreen smartphone.
BlackBerry (BBRY) stock surged more than 6% today in New York after an upgrade from a Morgan Stanley analyst.
The analyst, Ehud Gelblum, said he now sees the possibility of the BlackBerry emerging as a "niche midrange player" in the smartphone market.
Gelblum upgraded shares of the Canadian company to "overweight" from "underweight" and raised his price target to a Wall Street high of $22, saying he gross margins from the BlackBerry 10 will add to earnings this year.
BlackBerry intends to launch its new Z10 touchscreen phone in the U.S. on Friday. Analysts will be watching to see how much traction the Z10 -- which uses the new BlackBerry 10 operating system -- will gain against Apple(AAPL) and Google (GOOG), the dominate players in the American market.
Spreadtrum Communications is a leading supplier to Apple's rivals in the smartphone market. Buy this stock if you think competitors will continue to gain market share.
By surrounding himself with yes-men and killing off anything that doesn't make money, the CEO could be setting himself up for a fall.
By Dana Blackenhorn
Every great company is a dictatorship. But no dictator can run a great company alone.
While much of the media commentary on Google (GOOG) late last week centered on its closure of Google Reader, the bigger news is the replacement of Android chief Andy Rubin with ChromeOS head Sundar Pichai, as reported by Wired.
Pichai is said to be "closer" to CEO Larry Page than Rubin was, and it's no longer questioned that Marissa Mayer, now CEO of rival Yahoo! (YHOO), didn't jump from the Googleplex but was pushed out by Page.
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Equity indices began the day in the red, but wasted no time regaining their flat lines. Small-cap stocks were not as fortunate as the Russell 2000 spent the day in the red.
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