International health IT week in review: June 26

Facebook sued over health data scraping, FHIR harnessed by Sync for Genes, “clinical satnav” for doctors, smartphone-based tympanometry, US company to buy UK’s EMIS, Epic signs on to TEFCA, healthcare cybersecurity, health data and Roe v Wade

Meta sued for violating patient privacy, scraping health data from hospitals
Health IT Security ~ Jill McKeon ~ 22/06/2022

Meta allegedly scraped health data from hundreds of hospital websites using its Meta Pixel tracker, sparking patient privacy concerns and a lawsuit.

Sharing genomic data for patient care – Sync for Genes phase 4 wraps up
Health IT Buzz ~ Stephanie Garcia ~ 21/06/2022

The Sync for Genes program, launched by ONC in 2017 in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, aims to enable the sharing of standardized genomic information among laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers by advancing the development and use of industry-supported standards.

Senators aim to ban data brokers from selling health data with new bill
Health IT Security ~ Jill McKeon ~ 20/06/2022

US Senators introduced the Health and Location Data Protection Act, which would ban data brokers from selling location and health data in anticipation of the potential repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Smartphone-based tympanometry system can test ear function
mHealth Intelligence ~ Mark Melchionna ~ 20/06/2022

Researchers determined that a smartphone-based tympanometry system can evaluate middle ear function on par with standard tympanometry systems.

‘Clinical satnav’ for doctors should become a mainstream part of the NHS
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/06/2022

‘Building a ‘clinical satnav’ for practitioners and patients’ explores why providing better computerised advice for routine medical decisions will save lives and help to solve problems like over-prescription of antibiotics.

UnitedHealth Group to buy EMIS for £1.2 billion
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 18/06/2022

American health giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. has agreed to acquire EMIS Group Plc in an all-cash deal that values the UK health software company at company at about £1.24 billion ($1.51 billion).

Epic will sign on with TEFCA
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/06/2022

The EHR giant says its 2,000 hospitals and 45,000 clinics will now have the ability to participate in the nationwide interoperability framework developed by ONC and The Sequoia Project.

Healthcare cybersecurity: some progress, still problems
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 17/06/2022

"The job's not done yet" was a key takeaway from a White House roundtable this week marking the fifth anniversary of a task force's urgent recommendations for improving healthcare cybersecurity.

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