International health IT week in review: July 24

Amazon buys primary care provider for $3.9b, what the Amazon deal means for healthcare, Apple’s plans for digital health, AI tool for sepsis, US telehealth fraud, India’s future with ABDM, mHealth wearables, Cerner’s VA EHR and patient safety, Ireland’s lost digital health decade

Amazon makes further healthcare inroads with $3.9B One Medical deal
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 21/07/2022

The merger agreement with the IT-driven primary care company aims to make healthcare more "accessible, affordable and even enjoyable" with in-person and virtual care services.

Analysis: Amazon-One Medical deal puts $4B spotlight on primary care convenience, but doesn’t threaten health systems
MedCity News ~ Katie Adams ~ 21/07/2022

The deal allows the company to integrate its bread and butter — technology enablement, convenience and low costs — into primary care to increase access for patients across the country.

Apple’s digital health news hints potential future invention
Apple Must ~ Jonny Evans ~ 21/07/2022

In its latest report, Apple has confirmed the critical pillars around which its digital health initiatives are built, and these reflect what most of the industry has coalesced around at this stage of connected everything.

AI tool can identify sepsis within 12 hours of hospital admission
Health IT Analytics ~ Shania Kennedy ~ 21/07/2022

A new study published in JAMA Network Open assesses an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can predict the likelihood of patients developing sepsis and the severity of the infection as quickly as 12 hours after hospital admission.

DOJ charges 36 over $1.2B in phony telehealth claim fraud schemes
FierceHealthcare ~ Robert King ~ 21/07/2022

Federal prosecutors charged 36 defendants with committing a variety of alleged schemes to bilk Medicare using telehealth, as regulators continue to tinker with how to make the COVID-19 telehealth boom permanent.

Four ways digitalisation can improve India’s healthcare system
GovInsider ~ Liew Ming En ~ 20/07/2022

Under the ABDM, India will introduce an array of digital platforms to facilitate the digitalisation of healthcare services. One way it is doing so is through the creation of digital registries of verified healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities nationwide.

mHealth wearables can bolster patient empowerment, but challenges persist
mHealth Intelligence ~ Mark Melchionna ~ 18/07/2022

Researchers found that using mHealth wearables can support diagnosis, behavior change, and self-monitoring among patients, but barriers to adoption remain.

OIG report finds Oracle Cerner VA EHR has put patient safety at risk
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 18/07/2022

An OIG report revealed that Oracle Cerner did not inform the VA of an "unknown queue" in the EHR, which impacted patient safety, causing harm to 149 veterans.

‘Lost decade in digital health’ a big part of chronic illness backlogs that mounted during Covid
Irish Independent ~ John Reynolds ~ 17/07/2022

Ireland has experienced “a lost decade in digital health” that is partly to blame for the rising backlog in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer and other serious and chronic conditions that mounted up during the pandemic.

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