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Pfizer to buy Allergan in $160 billion deal

Pfizer will acquire Dublin-based Allergan in a $160 billion tax inversion deal that will move Pfizer’s headquarters to Ireland and create the world’s largest pharmaceutical company.

Moody’s warns of cybersecurity risks affecting credit ratings

Moody’s reports that while it does not look at cyberattacks as a principal driver of ratings, the attacks “will become more pervasive and begin to take a higher priority within our credit assessments and analysis.” The report lists healthcare providers, along with financial institutions and credit card companies, as the most vulnerable to attacks.

Ratings of U.S. Healthcare Quality No Better After ACA

Since 2001, Gallop opinion polls have shown little change in consumer satisfaction scores measuring healthcare quality and healthcare coverage in the US, while consumer satisfaction with healthcare costs has decreased during the same timeframe.

Ransomware could infiltrate medical devices, wearables

Forrester Research expects hackers to begin launching ransomware attacks targeting medical devices in 2016.

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