International health IT week in review: September 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 16: Consumer tech as medical device, Big Vendors' app plans, NHS GPs trialling VC, FDA to scrutinise device security, information blocking blocked, Babylon heads to Canada, UK minister on data sharing

Can a watch be a medical device?
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 13/09/2018

This week's announcement of a new Apple Watch that includes a sensor that can conduct an electrocardiogram spotlights the emergence of consumer apps that appear to cross over into the territory of medical devices, raising potential cybersecurity concerns.

A look inside Epic, Cerner and Allscripts app store programs
MobiHealthNews ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 10/09/2018

Executives explain how the developer initiatives work and why they’re fueling innovation and shaping future direction of their platforms.

GP practices to begin trials of video consultations with Now Healthcare
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 14/09/2018

Within the next two months, five groups of NHS practices and one “very large” GP practice in England will use Now Healthcare’s technology to facilitate video consultations with patients.

FDA to ramp up medical device cybersecurity scrutiny
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 12/09/2018

The Food and Drug Administration should increase its scrutiny of the cybersecurity of networked medical devices before they're approved to be marketed, a new government watchdog agency report says. FDA says it will carry out the report's recommendations.

NHS infrastructure ‘not fit for AI’, national report concludes
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 13/09/2018

NHS IT infrastructure is “not fit for AI” and a “large push” towards standardisation is required if the benefits of the technology are to be realised, a new report has concluded.

Health IT Now pushes for information blocking regulation
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 13/09/2018

The executive director of Health IT Now, a coalition of healthcare and technology companies, is again criticizing the Trump administration for not yet publishing any regulation on information blocking, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act legislation.

What do CMIOs think of medication management initiatives?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 12/09/2018

A new survey found chief medical information officers believe medication management improvement initiatives have positively affected patient safety, but factors like workflow variation and a lack of price transparency still compromise patients' well-being.

Physicians cite lack of interoperability, documentation burden as top EHR pain points
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 12/09/2018

A recent survey of primary and specialty care physicians by Deloitte reveals that physician feedback on how to improve electronic health records (EHRs) is often overlooked as physicians continue to be frustrated with EHRs, particularly due to lack of interoperability and the burden of documentation.

eHealth confirms 3 fired employees accepted all-expenses-paid trips to US sporting events
CNBC News ~ Geoff Leo ~ 12/09/2018

The Crown corporation, which manages Saskatchewan's health care records, said in a statement to CBC News Wednesday that the trips were, "paid for by private companies that provide goods and services to eHealth."

Apple unveils electrocardiogram app as part of new series 4 Apple Watch
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 12/09/2018

In a move that signals Apple’s ongoing push into digital health, the technology company announced today during its annual fall product event in Cupertino, California that its new Series 4 Apple Watch includes an electrocardiogram function as well as fall detection capabilities.

Babylon goes to Canada with Telus Health partnership
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 12/09/2018

Babylon is increasing its global presence after announcing a partnership with Telus Health, to help roll out its services across Canada.

Cerner president Zane Burke to step down this fall
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 10/09/2018

Cerner president Zane Burke, who first joined the company in 1996, will step down November 2, the Kansas City, Mo-based electronic health record (EHR) company announced today.

VA Cerner contract still unsettled
Politico ~ Arthur Allen ~ 10/09/2018

The new VA leadership's plan to be “joined from the hip” with DoD in their Cerner implementation worries some VA officials we’ve consulted.

Hancock issues stern warning to health IT suppliers
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 07/09/2018

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has issued a stern warning to health IT suppliers that they risk losing business with the NHS if they don’t fully embrace data-sharing by adopting common standards.

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