International health IT week in review: April 22

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending April 22: VA loses secretary and CIO, throwing doubt on $10b Cerner deal; NHS sharing patient data with Home Office; FDA acts on medical device security; telehealth for women in South Africa; rumours Nokia will sell Withings; Apple's big reach

VA chief information officer Scott Blackburn resigns
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 19/04/2018

The VA will replace Blackburn with Camilo Sandoval, a former Trump campaign director of data operations.

Why the VA should reconsider decision to replace VistA
Health Data Management ~ Irv Lichtenwald ~ 17/04/2018

Shulkin’s dismissal left unsigned the contract with Cerner to replace the VA’s venerable VistA healthcare IT platform.

NHS Digital’s sharing of non-clinical patient data branded “inappropriate”
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 17/04/2018

NHS Digital’s sharing of non-clinical patient information with the Home Office has been branded “entirely inappropriate” by MPs, who say they are concerned about the body’s ability to act as a reliable steward of the data.

30% of physician practices to replace their EHR within 3 years, Black Book says
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 16/04/2018

Medical groups are seeking customizable and cloud-based systems and emerging technologies like speech-recognition capabilities.

FDA proposes action to enhance medical device cybersecurity
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 18/04/2018

The Food and Drug Administration has issued plans - some of which will require Congressional approval - for enhancing the safety of medical devices. Those include several proposals for advancing cybersecurity, including imposing new requirements on device manufacturers.

Could Apple be the tech company that finally brings health records to patients?
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 17/04/2018

Dignity Health’s chief digital officer firmly believes in the need to give patients their data so they can self-manage their health. He thinks Apple is the company that can make it happen.

PAC criticises NHS’s lack of action on WannaCry measures
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 18/04/2018

The NHS and Department of Health have been criticised by MPs for not taking enough action to improve cyber security measures following 2017’s WannaCry incident.

Abbott releases firmware patch to fix cybersecurity flaws in 350,000 medical devices
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 19/04/2018

The device manufacturer acquired St. Jude Medical last year and has since been working to fix severe vulnerabilities found in its pacemakers.

NHS asked to outline data sharing plans for AI by end of 2018
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 18/04/2018

A House of Lords select committee has called on NHS England to urgently develop a consistent and rigorous approach to data sharing agreements, so as to put the NHS in a position to tap the value of AI initiatives in healthcare.

How much does mHealth technology actually help with medication adherence?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 17/04/2018

A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study found one smartphone app slightly helped hypertension patients improve their medication adherence but didn’t help them bring about much of a change in their blood pressure.

Which features of healthcare apps do patients desire most?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 17/04/2018

A new survey from customer experience agency Verndale found consumers most strongly want healthcare apps to provide the ability to manage appointments.

Nest, French buyers rumored to be eyeing Nokia's digital health division
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 16/04/2018

Less than two years after Nokia ventured into digital health territory with its acquisition of French health tech company Withings, the Finnish company could be on the verge of selling off its digital health division, according to reports from a French publication, Les Echos.

St. Jude launches largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/04/2018

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has launched a new publicly available data-sharing and collaboration platform in the cloud that it contends is the world’s largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data.

New telehealth initiative sets out to improve the health of rural women
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 16/04/2018

A new not for profit organisation, the Impilo Initiative is on a mission to bring healthcare to rural South Africa through the use of telehealth solutions.

FDA clears AI-based system to detect diabetic retinopathy
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 13/04/2018

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first medical device to use artificial intelligence to detect more than a mild level of diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes.

Cloud adoptions are surging, and so are related data threats
Information Management ~ Bob Violino ~ 13/04/2018

Cloud security concerns are on the rise, exacerbated by a lack of qualified security staff and outdated tools, according to a new study by Crowd Research Partners. At the same time, data breaches are at an all-time high, the report noted.

Opioid crisis: how 4 health providers are using tech to fight the epidemic
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 13/04/2018

Addiction to legal painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin has resulted in more than 42,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures released at the end of March.

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