International health IT week in review: May 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 6: $10b VA-Cerner deal, Ron Gutman booted from HealthTap, KRACK warning for Pyxis, Orangeworm warning for X-ray and MRI, Nokia sells Withings back to founder, WhatsApp for NHS, Windows 10 for NHS, FDA moves on software as a medical device

Cerner assesses financial hit from delay of VA EHR contract
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/05/2018

Cerner is feeling the financial effects of the delayed $10 billion Department of Veterans Affairs electronic health record modernization contract, according to company executives.


HealthTap has a new CEO following Ron Gutman’s ouster
MedCity News ~ Stephanie Baum ~ 03/05/2018

Ron Gutman, the founder of telehealth startup HealthTap, has been ousted from the CEO role by the company’s board of directors over allegedly intimidating and threatening behavior towards employees, in a story first reported by Recode.


KRACK Wi-Fi flaw puts medical devices at risk
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 01/05/2018

Discovered in October, the fundamental WP2 protocol vulnerability can cause a complete loss of control of data and let a hacker launch a man-in-the-middle attack.


Nokia ends a digital health misadventure with sale of business back to Withings cofounder
MedCity News ~ Stephanie Baum ~ 03/05/2018

Two years after Nokia decided to acquire Withings for $192.3 million to grow a digital health business, it has sold the company back to Withings cofounder and chairman Éric Carreel.


Dimec allows patients to choose pick-up point for prescriptions
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 03/05/2018

A pharmacy app has announced it is the first service in the UK to allow patients to choose any high street pharmacy to collect their prescription.


Verily's Dr. Josh Mandel looks back at the birth of SMART Health IT
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 02/05/2018

Now the Health IT lead at Alphabet subsidiary Verily, Dr. Joshua Mandel was part of the team that created SMART Health IT, the open, standards-based platform that many health developers now use to build apps.


Jeremy Hunt backs calls for ‘WhatsApp-style’ messaging app for NHS staff
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 01/05/2018

A new report backed by Jeremy Hunt has called for the introduction of a “WhatsApp-style” instant messaging service for NHS doctors and nurses.


NIH’s All of Us Program hits milestone with national enrolment to launch May 6
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 01/05/2018

The All of Us Research Program has enrolled 45,000 participants during the beta phase, with 27,000 individuals completing the entire enrolment protocol.


VA enables veterans to access medical images online
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/05/2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new feature available via its My HealtheVet portal that provides veterans with online access to their medical images and associated study reports.


Six partners in Eastern Ontario join forces to implement EHR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Shafique Shamji ~ 01/05/2018

When this digital hospital network launches in June 2019, there will be one integrated electronic system to manage patient information, chart across specialties, and manage research data and physician documentation.


NHS to be upgraded to Windows 10 as government agree to Microsoft deal
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 30/04/2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a deal with Microsoft that will enable all NHS organisations to use Windows 10 in a bid to improve defences against future cyber attacks.


Orangeworm: Hospitals worldwide warned of ‘aggressive’ malware
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 30/04/2018

Dubbed Orangeworm, the group has been observed targeting hospitals with malware that it uses to remotely access medical equipment such as X-ray and MRI machines.


Fitbit joins forces with Google to integrate wearable user data with electronic medical records
MedCity News ~ Stephanie Baum ~ 30/04/2018

Fitbit’s recent acquisition of Twine Health has aligned the wearables company closer to clinicians, particularly for monitoring chronic conditions. In a new collaboration with Google, Fitbit is hoping to enhance its healthcare credibility


Apple Health Records: Readers optimistic on adoption but skeptical small providers can use it
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 27/04/2018

Health IT professionals offer their opinions about what the project might be able to accomplish for patient engagement and consumer-mediated exchange – and how ready smaller providers might be to someday try it themselves.


FDA unveils plan for 'software as a medical device' review
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 27/04/2018

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to pre-certify vendors of certain medical device software, including various mobile apps, allowing the companies to skip the agency's much more rigorous pre-market approval process for hardware-based medical devices.


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