Intel's purchase of McAfee: what it means to healthcare

Most of the coverage of Intel’s purchase of McAfee, best known for its anti-virus PC programs, has concentrated on the size of the deal in a slow M&A market and the general importance of security to advancing IT.  What’s not highlighted is the footprint of both companies in healthcare and the necessity of even stronger IT security in an eHealth world.  McAfee has many HIT security products, protecting against data loss, malware, and preventing HIPAA violations for medical information and medical devices. (A gross margin of 80% doesn’t hurt either.) And Intel, outside of its joint venture with GE for ‘home health’ [TA 2 August], is still ensconced in healthcare for professionals with the Health Care Management Suite for case load and chronic care patient management, and Mobile Clinical Assistant.  Healthcare IT News.