International health IT week in review: July 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 1: Amazon buys into US pharmacy market, Outcome Health's poor outcome, GE spins off healthcare division, transparent Deepmind, US Veterans' EHR, Medtronic and IBM Watson AI for diabetes, Welsh GPs swap preferred PMS, meaningful use v activities-based approach

Amazon's attack on pharmacies has just begun
Washington Post ~ Carolyn Y Johnson ~ 28/06/2018

Online retail giant Amazon is entering the pharmacy business after months of speculation that the company could disrupt how prescription drugs are sold the same way it upended bricks-and-mortar retail.

Outcome Health: The fall of a healthcare unicorn and the road ahead
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 28/06/2018

Here's how the Chicago startup that raised $500 million and accorded unicorn status stumbled amidst charges of deception, and what the task ahead is for its newly-appointed CEO from the advertising world.

Wilkie says new EHR would be top priority if he’s confirmed to head VA
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 28/06/2018

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie will make the implementation of a new $15.8 billion electronic health record system one of the VA’s top priorities.

VA spent $3 billion over 3 years to maintain VistA EHR, GAO says
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 28/06/2018

The amount averages about $1 billion a year, less than the projected $16 billion for the Cerner platform -- which Congressional members say doesn’t encompass the whole price tag.

Jefferson’s medical school program offers a pathway for hospitals to integrate patient-centered design
MedCity News ~ Stephanie Baum ~ 27/06/2018

Some institutions are baking design into medical school programs to train the next generation of physicians in human-centered design.

NHS to record private healthcare data to address gaps in health records
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 28/06/2018

The NHS will begin recording data from the private healthcare sector for the first time, in an attempt to bridge gaps in patient health records and improve the quality of available information.

Deepmind Health should be ‘more transparent about business model’
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 26/06/2018

An independent review panel has said Google's Deepmind Health should be “more transparent about its business model” and explain how it makes its money.

Healthcare heats up with Google on FHIR
MedCity News ~ Kevin Keenahan ~ 26/06/2018

The team at Google AI revealed exciting progress with the release of an open-sourced FHIR-enabled protocol buffer culminating in a Nature publication on FHIR-enabled Deep Learning model for EHRs.

GE to spin off healthcare unit as separate company
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 26/06/2018

Separating this unit affects the EHR (electronic health record) market, according to market research firm Kalorama Information.

Medical informaticists urge CMS to think boldly to improve care
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/06/2018

AMIA recommended that the agency replace existing EHR measurement-reporting requirements with an activities-based approach that would allow hospitals to demonstrate how they are using health IT to improve care for “their specific patient populations and priorities.”

Medtronic, IBM Watson launch Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 25/06/2018

Two years after originally announcing it, Medtronic and IBM Watson have launched their joint platform the Sugar.IQ, a digital diabetes assistant.

Prospects for GE’s spun-off health unit said to be strong
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/06/2018

GE officials presented a bright future for GE Healthcare when they announced on Tuesday that the medical equipment unit will be spun off in a major corporate restructuring.

Microtest anticipates Wales success story after winning over GP practices
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 26/06/2018

Almost two-thirds of EMIS Health practices in Wales have now elected to migrate to Microtest Open Evolution, as well as a number of GP surgeries currently using the INPS Vision electronic patient record system.

Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health venture takes aim at middlemen
Bloomberg ~ Zachary Taylor ~ 25/06/2018

The still-unnamed business will initially seek to develop ways to improve care for the more than 1 million individuals who get health insurance from the three firms.

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