International health IT week in review: February 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 26:

MD Anderson benches IBM Watson in setback for artificial intelligence in medicine
Forbes ~ Matthew Herper ~ 19/02/2017

It was one of those amazing “we’re living in the future” moments. In an October 2013 press release, IBM declared that MD Anderson, the cancer center that is part of the University of Texas, “is using the IBM Watson cognitive computing system for its mission to eradicate cancer.”

Digital health research in brief
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 24/02/2017

Academics from 25 countries around the globe presented their findings on digital health.

Digital health deals: HIMSS17 edition
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 23/02/2017

Telemedicine provider American Well and Samsung Electronics are collaborating to create a new level of healthcare service in regards to consumer reach, interoperability and accessibility.

Regenstrief’s NLP technology to be commercialized in partnership
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 23/02/2017

an analytics vendor in an effort to commercialize text analytics technology that seeks to gain medical value from unstructured data within providers’ digital health records.

Provider, tech groups ask Price to delay Stage 3 MU implementation 'indefinitely'
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 23/02/2017

Sixteen healthcare associations, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, have asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements "indefinitely."

Investigating Blockchain's role in health info exchange
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 23/02/2017

Federal regulators are considering the role that blockchain technology could play in advancing the secure exchange of healthcare information, says Steve Posnack of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Genomics to hit mainstream with AI and $100 genome
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 22/02/2017

The dramatic drop in the cost of genome sequencing, combined with rapidly evolving artificial intelligence, is moving precision medicine into mainstream healthcare.

Great North Care Record signs up nearly all north east GP practices
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 22/02/2017

A single ‘Great North Care Record’ across north east England has take another step forward, with nearly all GP practices agreeing to share their patient records.

Lenovo Health and Orbita launch voice-enabled home health assistant technology
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 22/02/2017

The technology collaboration is based on two recently unveiled products, Lenovo Smart Assistant and Orbita Voice.

Argonaut Project’s FHIR activities to continue in perpetuity
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/02/2017

The sponsors of the Argonaut Project, an industry-wide effort to accelerate the development and adoption of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, have agreed on an annual sustainability model that will focus on key FHIR use cases for the foreseeable future.

NHS Digital will not face “regulatory action” from ICO
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 21/02/2017

In April last year, the ICO criticised NHS Digital, then called the Health and Social Care Information Centre, for not honouring the wishes of patients who had opted out of sharing their records beyond direct care.

Argonaut Project building on success with FHIR implementation guide
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 21/02/2017

Earlier this month, the HL7 Argonaut Project published its FHIR Data and Document Query Implementation Guide, which it bills as a "major step forward" for the agile interoperability standard.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner reveals two new EHR versions are in development
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 21/02/2017

The new versions will provide pathways for providers who don’t need the full version of Epic.

Medical device security reaches a tipping point
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 21/02/2017

Medical device security is flawed but the fix isn’t going to happen overnight, and there’s no one entity to blame.

AMA CMIO: EHRs are falling short of meeting the needs of doctors
Healthcare IT News ~ Henry Powderly ~ 21/02/2017

Health IT vendors are still missing the mark when it comes to answering the needs of America’s burnt-out physicians.

DoD to maintain legacy EHR until new Cerner system is fully deployed
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/02/2017

Just because the Defense Department has started to deploy a commercial off-the-shelf electronic health record system from Cerner does not mean that DoD’s legacy EHR is going away anytime soon, according to military officials speaking Tuesday at the HIMSS17 conference in Orlando.

Rapid use of EHR data critical to Zika public health response
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/02/2017

The public health response to the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus is relying heavily on information technology to help prevent its spread, particularly among pregnant women who are at risk of passing the illness on to fetuses and causing congenital birth defects.

HIMSS 2017: FDA debunks 4 medical device cybersecurity myths
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 21/02/2017

Seth Carmody, senior program manager for medical device cybersecurity at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was scheduled to talk about the agency’s recently released postmarket cybersecurity guidance at the 2017 HIMSS conference in Orlando. Instead, he opted to do some regulatory myth-busting.

Kenya launches obesity monitoring app
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 21/02/2017

Kenya’s Ministry of Health in collaboration with Japanese company Cancer Scan and its subsidiary AfricaScan, and its preventive healthcare programme development arm Campus for H, have launched an obesity monitoring app called Simway.

Health IT needs more private development, less regulatory interference
Healthcare IT News ~ Susan Morse ~ 20/02/2017

Former CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt says the health IT marketplace is not addressing the real needs of patients and doctors, during a fireside chat with former CMS Acting Director Mark McClellan.

Why docs were slow to embrace secure prescribing controls
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 20/02/2017

When Oswego Health in New York implemented state-mandated secure electronic prescribing software for controlled substances, physicians initially did not like the fact that they were forced to use the technology, but it did not take them long to embrace it, says Barry Ryle, CIO.

Walgreens shares value of digital, incentive-based activity and medication adherence program
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 19/02/2017

Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices program, a set of web, app and text-based programs designed to improve medication adherence, activity and immunization, among other things, may be simple, but it appears to be working.

Why FHIR implementation guide is a milestone for Argonaut Project
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/02/2017

The Argonaut Project, an industry-wide effort to accelerate the development and adoption of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, has released a FHIR implementation guide to simplify and standardize the exchange of basic clinical data.

Do you have access to your doctors’ notes about you?
US News & World Report ~ Michael O Schroeder ~ 16/02/2017

Despite a move toward more transparency in medicine, only about 3 percent of the U.S. population currently has ready access to notes written in their charts. And most physicians polled are still resistant to the idea.

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