HIPAA—passed 22 years ago to improve information security, control costs and reduce administrative burdens—faces daily challenges with increasing cybersecurity attacks and data breaches. But what about personal information that is not covered by this law? A physician can’t tell an advertiser about someone’s diabetes, for example—but what about social media posts, credit card purchases and publicly available information?

Researchers from Mayo Clinic have developed a method analyzing blood sugar levels to predict pancreatic cancer up to three years before diagnosis, according to a study published in Gastroenterology.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed “surgery in a pill” to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels after a meal. The newly developed approach was outlined in a study published June 11 in Nature Materials.

Researchers at the North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a technology capable of decoding neuromuscular signals to improve the control of powered prosthetic wrists and hands.

The power of artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling clinical breakthroughs that identify biomarkers without invasive procedures, diagnose skin cancer with a photograph, predict adverse clinical events, and recommend treatments based on current literature. Getting these innovations to market requires access to large, complex data sets to train the AI models.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a flexible biodegradable hydrogel capable of printing human tissues. The team published its findings March 18 in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel and Linköping University in Sweden have developed a retinal prosthesis that could restore vision in blind patients, according to research published May 2 in Advanced Materials.

Researchers have developed a tool capable of evaluating patients' electronic health records (EHR) note comprehension to provide insight into where improvements can be made. Findings were published April 24 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers from the Inspired Nanomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory have developed an injectable bandage made of a hydrogel agent, according to a study published in the February 2018 edition of Acta Biomaterialia.

A researcher at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management has linked over 2,100 patient deaths to hospital data breaches and lack of cybersecurity.

Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have developed a wearable sensor, placed on a tooth, to monitor what patients eat by collecting data on glucose, salt and alcohol intake. A study examining the development of the sensor is set to be published in Advanced Materials.

Researchers at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool capable of screening patients with common but blinding retinal diseases for improved detection and treatment. Findings were published online Feb. 22 in Cell.