International health IT week in review: June 10

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 10: Medisafe first Apple off the tree, safety mark for health apps, founder defends GP at Hand, another member of the Clan, Imprivata authentication tool, $352m Teladoc deal, telemedicine trends, Watson Health layoffs

Inside Apple's integration with Medisafe, the first test of the Apple Health Records API
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 06/06/2018

The announcement that Apple would open the API for Health Records in iOS 12 will likely spawn a whole host of integrations with digital health companies in the coming months.

Safety stamp for health apps to bring more trust to new solutions
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 05/06/2018

SGS, a major global firm that specialises in testing and verifying products including medical devices, will certify healthcare software deemed secure for use with the new HSP Safety Mark.

How IT can help support patient engagement after discharge
Health Data Management ~ LouAnn Bala ~ 07/06/2018

The importance of patient engagement has increased primarily because of two changes in the way Medicare pays healthcare providers—the advent of readmission penalties and the transition to value-based reimbursement.

Babylon founder: ‘GP at Hand meets the needs of the NHS’
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 07/06/2018

Launched in November 2017, the service allows patients to book appointments and talk to their doctor through their smartphones for free on the NHS.

HHS cybersecurity center so unstable staff don't know if it exists, Congress argues
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 06/06/2018

House and Senate committees criticize department with essentially the same case sidelined Deputy CISO Leo Scanlon made in March.

Clanwilliam Group acquires Informatica Systems
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 06/06/2018

The company, which will become part of Clanwilliam’s NHS division, provides predictive analytics technology to GP practices in Wales to help doctors predict when specific patients are at risk of developing chronic diseases.

Athenahealth CEO Bush departs, company to explore sale
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 06/06/2018

Athenahealth Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Bush is stepping down after a series of allegations about past misconduct raised questions about his ability to manage the information technology company he co-founded as it attempts to stave off a takeover.

NY network enables ADT alert sharing for providers
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 06/06/2018

Patient care alerts will be available across New York State through the state’s eight regional health information exchanges, through an arrangement enabled by the Statewide Health Information Network for New York.

Imprivata launches new mobile device authentication with eye toward hospital workflows
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 05/06/2018

Imprivata's new Mobile Device Access is touted by the company as an authentication tool that can help hospitals offer secure access to clinical mobile devices and applications while letting clinicians maintain their fast-paced workflow.

Apple to offer Health Records API to developers
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 05/06/2018

Apple will make a Health Records API available to developers and medical researchers this fall in an effort to create an ecosystem of apps leveraging healthcare data designed to help consumers better manage their medications, nutrition plans, as well as diagnosed diseases.

Teladoc buys virtual care provider Advance Medical for $352m
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 05/06/2018

Purchase, New York-based Teladoc has scooped up Advance Medical in a $352 million deal aimed at expanding its global footprint and increasing its service offerings.

Mass General, Brigham and Women's to apply deep learning to medical records and images
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 04/06/2018

Hospitals say the AI method is in use today automating things humans do well but don't have the time for – and there's much more to come.

Report: older adults hesitant to use patient portals
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 04/06/2018

About half of older adults aged 50 to 80 years old reported they have set up a patient portal, but there are concerns with the technology among this age group, according to the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging report.

Four major telemedicine trends of 2018
MobiHealthNews ~ Staff writer ~ 01/06/2018

A national review of 145 telemedicine studies conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded that the technology likely improves access to care and has clinical benefits in acute and chronic care.

Enterprise imaging plan could unite radiology and pathology
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 01/06/2018

Pathologists historically have used non-digital approaches for preserving records or visual representations of tissue samples.

What’s going on at IBM’s Watson Health?
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/06/2018

IBM has laid off a number of employees in its Watson Health unit, but says initial reports that as much as 50 percent to 70 percent of the unit’s workforce was furloughed are not accurate and that the reductions will not hurt its core cognitive computing business.

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