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Mar142014

07:21:45

Health-care Software Firm Castlight Near $1b Ipo








Health care system's $5.6 billion security problem






In the pipeline Castlight Health is just the first deal expected to garner a $1 billion valuation in its debut this year, with two private equity firms with longer track records expected to attract investor interest. Medical device maker Biomet filed with the SEC last week to raise $100 million but is expected to garner at least $1 billion valuation, according to Renaissance Capital. Biomet was taken private just before the financial crisis for $11.4 billion by private equity investors including Blackstone and KKR. IMS Health, taken private for $5.2 billion, also filed for a $100 million IPO as a placeholder earlier this year. The health-care data-consulting firm was acquired in 2010 by TPG Capital, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Leonard Green.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101492828










"The information that's contained in a medical record has real value in the hands of a cyber criminal," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. "And there's evidence that suggests that in the world of black market information, a medical record is considered more valuable than everything else." "The black market is being flooded with payment card data," said Rick Kam, founder and president of ID Experts , which sponsored the study. "That data expires rather quickly because financial institutions replace the cards. Your Social Security number and personal health record don't change. "The people in the health-care industry are good people who sometimes do stupid things, and that is the source of a lot of the problems," Ponemon said. "They're trying to get their work done, they feel under pressure, they're in the business of caring for patients, and they don't want to waste time to do more security or take that extra step to protect privacy." The study, based on in-depth interviews with senior- level security personnel at health-care providers, looks at actual data loss and perceived risk.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101488137




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