International health IT week in review: September 3

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 3:

FDA to patients with St. Jude pacemakers: Update needed to keep hackers out of devices
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 29/08/2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging all heart transplant patients who have received a St. Jude pacemaker to contact their healthcare provider and receive a software update to protect their device from being hacked.

Tanzania launches world’s largest drone delivery network
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 31/08/2017

The Tanzanian government plans to launch the world’s largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to life-saving medicines.

How smart pump EHR integration could save a community hospital $2 million
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 31/08/2017

Dave Baumgardner, chief information officer at Dover, Ohio-based Union Hospital, said there was one primary driver for the decision to link the hospital's 160 or so smart infusion pumps with its Meditech electronic health record.

Dermatologist developing wristband that tells you when you're about to sunburn
MCT ~ Andy Marso ~ 31/08/2017

Matthys is working with several local companies to develop a fitness wristband that will not only track steps, it will also track sun exposure and tell the wearer when it's time to put on more sunscreen or find some shade.

NHS Lanarkshire to investigate malware outbreak
Digital Health News ~ Shireen Khalil ~ 30/08/2017

IT systems have returned to normal after a malware attack which affected a “small number of systems” at NHS Lanarkshire Health Board last Friday.

CHIME backs DirectTrust health data exchange
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 30/08/2017

The two organizations are promoting universal adoption of the 5-year-old data exchange framework.

Allscripts picks Vidyo to add telehealth features to patient portal
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 30/08/2017

EHR vendor Allscripts has selected the platform from Vidyo to power virtual consultations directly embedded into the Allscripts FollowMyHealth patient portal.

EHR vendors, provider groups want more details on the definition of information blocking
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 30/08/2017

A group of health IT and provider organizations want federal officials to issue a proposed rule clarifying the definition of information blocking and the subsequent approach from enforcement officials.

Quebec aims to link healthcare providers across province
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 30/08/2017

Quebec has launched a project to connect the disparate computer systems used by healthcare providers across the province.

A new strain of ransomware targets healthcare
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 29/08/2017

Cybersecurity analysts have uncovered a previously undocumented strain of ransomware aimed at the healthcare industry and spread through targeted phishing emails that contain a malicious attachment.

Barnsley’s digital letters reduce missed appointments
Digital Health News ~ Shireen Khalil ~ 29/08/2017

The introduction of online appointment letters at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is being credited with a decrease in the number of patients missing appointments.

Ransomware behind NHS Lanarkshire cyber-attack
BBC News ~ Staff writer ~ 28/08/2017

It has been confirmed that ransomware was behind a cyber-attack on a Scottish health board which led to some appointments and procedures being cancelled.

FDA clears NxStage Medical's System One, allowing for solo home hemodialysis
MobiHealthNews ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 28/08/2017

NxStage Medical, a medical technology outfit focused on advancing renal care, has received clearance from the FDA for its System One, which allows for solo home hemodialysis, without a care partner, during waking hours.

Cambridge’s MyChart patient portal has 300+ users
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 25/08/2017

One of the only patient portals in the UK that is directly integrated with an electronic patient record (EPR) has more than 300 active users.

Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner adds a billion to her fortune
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 25/08/2017

Forbes is out with its annual list of richest people in tech, and it updates the estimated net worth of Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner to $3.4 billion.

Intermountain deploys HIT in attempt to cut opioid prescribing by 40 percent
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/08/2017

Intermountain Healthcare has set an ambitious goal of reducing by 40 percent the number of opioids prescribed at its 22 hospitals and 180 clinics serving Utah and Idaho by the end of 2018.

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