International health IT week in review: February 18

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 18:

FDA’s Scott Gottlieb wants to use funding boost to create a Center of Excellence on Digital Health
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 15/02/2018

The Food and Drug Administration plans to use a proposed $400 million boost in federal funding to focus on a range of innovative approaches to speed the approval of new medical devices and create a new center that would support digital health oversight and address cybersecurity concerns.

Blockchain not a panacea for managing health records, fed expert says
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 15/02/2018

While blockchain has a number of potentially promising healthcare applications, including the management of electronic health records, the technology has certain pitfalls that may inhibit its utility.

Penn Medicine launches new telehealth hub as interest in virtual services mounts nationwide
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 15/02/2018

Building on longstanding efforts to integrate virtual care into the ICU, Penn Medicine has launched the Center for Connected Care, which will count itself among the largest telehealth hubs in the country.

Fitbit moves into healthcare with acquisition of Twine Health
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Landl ~ 14/02/2018

Fitbit, Inc. the San Francisco-based wearables brand, is extending its reach into healthcare with the acquisition of Boston-based Twine Health, a connected health platform that provides health coaching to help people manage chronic conditions.

Microtest scoops GP systems contract with NHS Wales
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 13/02/2018

Under a four-year contract, Microtest will supply its clinical software to GP surgeries in Wales. This may be extended for a further two years at the discretion of the NHS Wales Informatics Service.

Dr Simon Eccles appointed new NHS national CCIO
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 13/02/2018

Dr Eccles, a consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital and programme director for Emergency Care Pathway Transformation in London, replaces Prof Keith McNeil, who stood down in December.

The future of harvesting patient generated health data
Healthcare IT News ~ Laura Lovett ~ 13/02/2018

The trickiest part is getting people to keep using the devices, even six months is a challenge.

Fitbit digs into healthcare industry with acquisition of personal coaching platform Twine Health
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 13/02/2018

Fitbit is looking to solidify its presence within the healthcare industry with the acquisition of a health coaching platform developed by MIT researchers aimed at managing chronic conditions.

Many health apps insecure, do not conform to EU privacy requirements
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 12/02/2018

Data from a recent analysis suggest that a substantial number of popular health apps have major privacy and security shortcomings, with many not following standard practices and upcoming European Union data safety regulations.

Smart homes for ageing population could save NHS billions, report claims
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 12/02/2018

The NHS could save “billions of pounds each year” by installing equipment in the homes of older people that allows them to remain mobile and independent, according to a new report.

Allscripts to show new Microsoft Azure-powered EHR at HIMSS18
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 12/02/2018

The electronic health record vendor will also be bringing new client-facing tools and recently-acquired technologies from McKesson and Practice Fusion to the show floor, CEO Paul Black said.

Cardiology association IT head describes future of harvesting patient-generated data
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 08/02/2018

As remote monitoring becomes more and more popular providers are starting discussions about how to harvest and use the incoming data.

chemoWave app offers patients support during chemotherapy
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 08/02/2018

Following a soft launch last year, the chemoWave disease companion app has now been fully released for chemotherapy patients interested in better managing their care, symptoms, and side effects.

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