Little-known fact: Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indy 500 in 1911 thanks to the first-ever rearview mirror, which allowed him to drive a narrower, more aerodynamic race car since — unlike his 39 competitors — he didn’t need an extra man (and extra weight) on board to track what was happening behind him.

In honor of this Sunday’s 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” our HIT List pays tribute to that spirit of innovation, in healthcare technology as well as on the speedway, with a look at fast-paced advances in cybersecurity, wearables and disaster recovery.

  1. Who wears wearables? Millennials are the leading wearables buyers, but 57% of consumers of all ages who were polled say they’re excited about using wearables in daily life — up from 41% a year ago. The PwC report says the desire for health-related information is the primary adoption driver, and that consumers are eager about the prospect of their doctors, hospitals and insurance providers releasing their own devices. It may come as a bit of a surprise that consumers named price, not privacy, as the biggest hurdle.
  2. Avoiding disaster. Nonstop cyberattacks, HIPAA audits and the sheer volume of data generated by EMRs is driving a new sense of urgency among healthcare organizations when it comes to disaster recovery. The colocation paradigm remains common, but hybrid cloud systems are gaining ground as healthcare organizations become more confident about cloud security. Find out what you should know about vendor security provisions, payment models and balancing risk vs. recovery time.
  3. Vexing virus variants. Xorist, CryptoLocker (Locky for short), Sama, Maktub Locker and PowerWare may not exactly be household words — at least yet. But they’re among the many new variants of ransomware making names for themselves by infecting computers at healthcare organizations. Cybersecurity experts say the wild success of ransomware — which first came on the radar in 2012 — is spawning additional species of the malicious code at an alarming rate. And to further complicate matters, they tend to use different attack strategies. There’s no better time than now to make sure your security is up to snuff.
  4. Baby steps. The healthcare industry has made only incremental progress in bolstering data security despite the record number of data breaches in 2015. The Ponemon Institute’s annual report found healthcare organizations and the business associates they hire to install IT systems and devices each tend to blame breaches on the other group — and that close to 60% of leaders in both groups say they need more money to do the job right. A sort-of bright spot was that although 89% of leaders surveyed said they’d experienced a data breach in the last two years, most involved fewer than 500 patient records.
  5. Aging-changing technology. Over the next 10 to 20 years, sci fi-worthy tech advances may ultimately help keep the fast-increasing population of older adults more mobile, living independently and connected to others. For example, imagine taking customized 3D-printed medicine that contains all your drugs for the day, wearing chain mail-like fabric that allows full mobility minus a wheelchair, or beaming family members into your home via holograms. Drones that help with household chores just might be our favorite, though. Of course, cool technology is one thing — making all these gadgets accessible and user-friendly is another altogether.
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