International health IT week in review: September 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 23: Fitbit targets virtual care, UK PMS vendor commits to FHIR, APIs and shared data standards, axe the fax movement, Apple Watch 4 review, EMR burnout, Canadian snoop, Telus and Babylon, cloud precision medicine

Fitbit launches new enterprise platform for health and disease management
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 19/09/2018

The new service adds health coaching and virtual care on top of the company's existing enterprise wellness offerings.

System C commits to ‘full FHIR support’ to drive interoperability
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 18/09/2018

System C & Graphnet Care Alliance has announced a commitment to ‘full FHIR support’ for all its shared records, EPR, child health and social care systems.

Data standards, API development will support health data exchange
Health IT Analytics ~ Jessica Kent ~ 20/09/2018

Shared data standards and continued development of APIs will support more robust health data exchange, says the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals pledges to ‘axe the fax’ by 1 January
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 19/09/2018

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust has pledged to bin over 300 of its fax machines before the new year in a bid to oust outdated tech from its wards.

Apple Watch Series 4 Review: faster, bigger, with a promise to be healthier
New York Times ~ Brian X. Chen ~ 19/09/2018

“I’m not recommending it for most people as anything other than just a novelty,” said Ethan Weiss, a University of California, San Francisco cardiologist

Hospitals fined $1 million after TV crews film patients
Health Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/09/2018

Federal regulators have smacked three Boston hospitals with settlements totaling nearly $1 million for allowing crews for the documentary TV show "Boston Med" to film on their premises in 2014 and 2015 without obtaining authorization from patients.

NDoH spearheading innovative eHealth projects
ehealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 19/09/2018

The National Department of Health (NDoH) has identified IT and health information systems (HIS) as a critical requirement for successful implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).

Brigham Health’s 3-pronged approach to reducing EHR’s contribution to burnout
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 18/09/2018

With EHR documentation ranked high among aspects of their work physicians are dissatisfied with, Brigham Health in Boston has taken a three-pronged approach to reducing the pain.

NS privacy boss unhappy with health minister
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/09/2018

Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner has described the response by the province’s Health Minister to her report about a pharmacist snooping through the personal health information of 46 people as disappointing, saying that she feels the department is not taking the issue seriously.

Telus to offer phone-based virtual med appointments
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/09/2018

Telus Health has partnered with Babylon, a London, UK-based company that has produced an AI symptom checker that works on the smartphones of consumers, to create a service that offers doctors and patients in Canada with access to virtual healthcare technology solutions and services.

Babylon pledges to hire 1000 scientists and docs
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 18/09/2018

Ali Parsa, CEO of digital health start-up Babylon Health, has pledged to spend $100m to hire 1,000 data scientists, programmers and clinicians to develop the world’s leading healthcare AI platform.

Justice Department OKs Cigna’s $52 billion acquisition of Express Scripts
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 17/09/2018

The approval of the Cigna-Express Scripts deal is also a positive signal for CVS Health's proposed $69 billion acquisition of health insurance giant Aetna.

Accenture, Merck partner with Amazon Web Services for new cloud precision medicine platform
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/09/2018

The analytics platform, built using open APIs, aims to enable a collaborative environment to speed development of targeted treatments for patients.

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