International health IT week in review: February 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 25:

Leaked Nokia memo says no path forward for ‘struggling’ digital health business
The Verge ~ James Vincent ~ 20/02/2018

Nokia first jumped into the digital health industry in 2016 with its $190 million purchase of French startup Withings.

Paper records, films most common type of healthcare data breach, study finds
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 22/02/2018

Interestingly, network servers were the least common location, the study found, but network server breaches affected the most patients overall.

Florida's opioid fight: Bill would require providers check PDMP before prescribing
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 22/02/2018

Florida’s House Health and Human Services committee unanimously passed a bill focused on combating the state’s opioid epidemic, moving the state one step closer to requiring providers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program database before prescribing opioids.

Emergency departments report time savings through EPR speech recognition integration
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/02/2018

Two emergency departments in which speech recognition is being used within the electronic patient record have reported significant time savings as a result.

Use of EHRs does not reduce administrative costs
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 21/02/2018

The study found that costs for processing a single bill ranged from $20 for a primary care visit to $215 for an inpatient surgical procedure, or up to 25 percent of revenue.

Only one percent of acute NHS trusts have migrated to Windows 10
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 19/02/2018

Research from Digital Health Intelligence has found that only one percent of acute NHS trusts have fully migrated to Windows 10, despite the fact that support for Windows 7 expires in two years’ time.

NIST looks to demystify blockchain, assesses its potential for healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 19/02/2018

The federal agency aims to help IT decision makers sift through the hype to make "clear-eyed" choices about how they could (or should) deploy blockchain.

Apple Health app effort to engage consumers by sharing EHR info
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Conn ~ 19/02/2018

A full public release of the upgraded Apple Health app is expected in March, according to one of the test participants.

In our eyes, Google’s software sees heart attack risk
Washington Post ~ Drew Harwell and Carolyn Y. Johnson ~ 19/02/2018

By looking at the human eye, Google’s algorithms were able to predict whether someone had high blood pressure or was at risk of a heart attack or stroke, Google researchers said Monday, opening a new opportunity for artificial intelligence in the vast and lucrative global health industry.

New national CCIO tweets his five key priorities for NHS IT
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 16/02/2018

The new NHS national CCIO, who was officially appointed on Tuesday, took to social media on Friday (16 February) to state that his main focus would be to let patients “view records and care plan”.

House balks at $10 billion price tag for VA-Cerner EHR project
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 16/02/2018

As the time draws near for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to sign its EHR contract with Cerner, Congressional members are growing increasingly concerned over not only the $10 billion price tag, but that the agency will need to keep the legacy system in place, perhaps indefinitely.

Allscripts managed to buy Practice Fusion and McKesson for just $50M
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/02/2018

In less than six months, Allscripts managed to acquire two EHR platforms for a net price of just $50 million, according to Rick Poulton, the company’s president.

Roche to buy Flatiron Health for $1.9B
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/02/2018

One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies has agreed to buy Flatiron Health, a health IT company founded by two former Google employees.

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