International health IT week in review: January 23

Digital health regulation, voice recognition in healthcare, Singapore’s TraceTogether, Zoom’s view on digital health, virtual EDs in Toronto, Doctor Anywhere in SE Asia, unique health identifiers, IBM’s troubles offloading Watson Health, Stryker buys Vocera, Oracle buys Cerner

Apple (and everyone) needs harmonized digital health regulation
Computerworld ~ Jonny Evans ~ 21/01/2022

Perhaps Apple's hopes to innovate in digital health have been held back by the lack of an internationally agreed upon set of standards.

Why voice recognition is the new competitive battleground in healthcare's digital transformation
Healthcare IT News ~ Paddy Padmanabhan ~ 20/01/2022

As ambient technologies improve, additional use cases to leverage voice will emerge – that leaves us with the question of how patients and physicians are responding to voice-enabled tools in their healthcare encounters.

Nearly all in Singapore are on Covid-19 contact tracing programme TraceTogether
Straits Times ~ Hariz Baharudin ~ 20/01/2022

Nearly all the people in Singapore are now on the national Covid-19 contact tracing programme TraceTogether, 21 months after its launch.

Like banks, healthcare will become digital-first in 2022, Zoom healthcare lead says
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 20/01/2022

Ron Emerson, RN, also predicts video soon will be a part of every healthcare experience.

Digital healthcare can be a catalyst for greater health equity
World Economic Forum ~ Shobana Kamineni ~ 20/01/2022

The digital revolution was well underway even before COVID-19, but disruptive technology needs to be widely adopted before society adapts to it.

Toronto hospitals partner for unified virtual ED services
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/01/2022

Toronto’s Virtual Emergency Department gives people the ability to schedule a same-day appointment with any of the partner hospitals through the ED’s online platform and choose an appointment time that is most convenient for them.

Telemedicine firm Doctor Anywhere to hire 200 new staff in S'pore by end-2022
Straits Times ~ Sue-Ann Tan ~ 19/01/2022

Doctor Anywhere, which raised $88 million in Series C funding in August last year, has about 450 workers across Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, with expansion in Indonesia to come.

Deploying unique health identifiers: Case study of India, Taiwan, and Australia
Observer Research Foundation ~ Anirban Sarma ~ 14/01/2022

Technology could improve access to healthcare but stringent data protection measures must safeguard people’s health records.

IBM still seeking a buyer for Watson Health
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 12/01/2022

IBM may be close to finding a buyer for IBM Watson Health, with hopes of fetching more than $1 billion, according to the Axios online news service. IBM now wants out of healthcare.

Stryker to acquire Vocera Communications
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 12/01/2022

Stryker announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Vocera Communications for a total equity value of approximately $2.97 billion.

Industry analysts react to Oracle's big-ticket Cerner buy
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 22/12/2021

It's a seismic acquisition, one that was first floated more than 13 years ago. Now that it's finally happening (pending regulatory approval), observers assess the deal and offer thoughts on what's next.

Oracle acquires Cerner for $28.3B
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 20/12/2021

The database giant says it plans to expand the company's global footprint as it invests big in healthcare – the "largest and most important vertical market in the world."

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