International health IT week in review: January 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending January 21:

Study shows little evidence that wearable biosensors aid clinical outcomes
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/01/2018

While wearable biosensors have the potential to gather health data to support remote patient monitoring, there is a lack of medical evidence that these devices improve clinical outcomes.

ONC: Rise of Alexa, frustrations with legacy systems giving healthcare AI a boost
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 17/01/2018

Artificial intelligence has been hyped as much, if not more, than just about any other major technological advancement in recent history — and that is at least as true in healthcare today as it is elsewhere.

AI funding tops $1 billion mark as mobile investments wane
MobiHealthNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/01/2018

Total corporate funding for healthcare technology companies climbed to $8.2 billion (including debt and public market financing) in 2017 – a whopping 47 percent increase from the $5.6 billion raised in 2016, according to the latest report from Mercom Capital Group.

Appy Saúde connecting Angolans to healthcare
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 08/01/2018

Angolan ICT startup, Appy Saúde, has developed an mHealth app that aims to connect Angolans to every single healthcare provider in the country.

AskMyGP launches web app to banish NHS Choices search gremlins
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 18/01/2018

AskMyGP founder Harry Longman came up with the idea for the algorithm after discovering the search bar on the NHS Choices website had a weak spot.

Liverpool CCG ramps up telehealth expansion with Docobo
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 17/01/2018

The clinical hub now supports around 900 patients at a time, with some 5,300 patients having benefited from the programme in total.

VA uses IT to help post opioid prescribing rates for facilities
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/01/2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the first healthcare system in the country to post information on its opioid-prescribing rates, including dispensing rates for each VA facility displayed on an interactive map that shows data over a five-year period.

Hancock Health pays $55K to release hospital files following ransomware attack
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/01/2018

Hancock Health paid a $55,000 ransom to hackers to release more than 1,400 files and regain control of the clinical IT systems at Hancock Regional Hospital.

East Lancashire Hospitals Trust adopts fall-preventing wearables
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 15/01/2018

The technology consists of pads containing sensors that are worn just below the knee, which measure the balance and mobility of the wearer.

CES 2018: Health tech round up
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 12/01/2018

This year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showcased a bewildering variety of consumer tech, including the latest raft of health apps and technologies that could soon be hitting the market.

News and views from CES 2018
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 12/01/2018

Las Vegas was once again host to the annual CES conference (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), and digital health players came out in force.

Doctors must stop blaming EHRs for clinical documentation shortcut failures
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 12/01/2018

With copy and paste rampant, UW Health chief medical information officer Shannon Dean says toolkits and vendors can help, but physicians need to take responsibility for proper clinical documentation.

Government hires mediator to fix problems with Nanaimo iHealth records project
Vancouver Sun ~ Rob Shaw ~ 12/01/2018

B.C.’s health minister has stripped Vancouver Island’s health authority of decision-making power over a beleaguered electronic health records project in Nanaimo, after an external report was sharply critical of the authority’s bungling of the project.

Cerner appoints Philips executive Brent Shafer as CEO
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 10/01/2018

Former Philips executive Brent Shafer will take the reins as Cerner’s new CEO beginning in February. The appointment comes six months after the company’s co-founder and longtime CEO, Neal Patterson, died after complications from his bout with cancer.

Nurse suspended for improper use of records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 10/01/2018

A former nurse at the Vancouver Island Health Authority has been suspended for 30 days by the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. over breach of privacy after she improperly accessed medical records of 74 people.

Allscripts to acquire Practice Fusion for $100M
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 08/01/2018

Allscripts announced it will purchase EHR vendor Practice Fusion for $100 million, expanding its portfolio of solutions geared toward small physician practices and ambulatory clinics.

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