International health IT week in review: October 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 7: BlackBerry reinvents for health IT security, European PHR market, Irish EHR market, ONC builds FHIR Inferno, FDA playbook for medical device security, opioid crisis v patient privacy, apps for remote vital signs and smartphone ultrasound, NpfIT battle, Jawbone returns

BlackBerry launches Spark platform for secure connectivity, healthcare security products
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 04/10/2018

BlackBerry's new healthcare-related security products include a blockchain system for medical data and operating system for secure medical devices.


ONC releases testing suite to ensure consistent FHIR implementations
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 04/10/2018

ONC contends that the testing tool – called Inferno – is particularly important for developers releasing FHIR servers, systems from which provider- and patient-facing apps and other services will obtain health data.


Personal health records in Europe: national or beyond?
MobiHealthNews ~ Philipp Grätzel von Grätz ~ 02/10/2018

There are dozens of PHRs that survived only a couple of years, most famously, of course, Google Health. But PHRs are back now. Many European countries have launched ambitious PHR projects.


EHRs and impact on medical care a prime source of docs’ ire
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 03/10/2018

About 70 percent of physicians wouldn’t recommend their profession as a career, with electronic health records systems being a major source of dissatisfaction.


FDA issues ‘playbook’ to providers for medical device cybersecurity
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/10/2018

The document, developed by MITRE Corp. under contract with the FDA, provides a framework for providers to plan for and respond to cyber incidents involving medical devices as well as to ensure the functionality of devices and patient safety.


24 businesses will help Cerner with VA EHR modernization process
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 04/10/2018

Seven organizations including Accenture and Leidos make up Cerner's core partners in the process, and 17 other companies are considered premier partners.


Leeds heralds launch of GP Connect
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 03/10/2018

Leeds has become the first city to go live with a platform which promises to make information held within a patient’s GP record available across all care settings.


In new opioids legislation, patient privacy holds serve
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 03/10/2018

While some healthcare stakeholders believed that patient privacy laws should be changed so providers could more easily share information about a patient’s history of substance use, others have maintained that the privacy laws ought to remain intact.


ONC: FHIR standard adoption in the U.S. is at a turning point
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/10/2018

The adoption of HL7’s emerging Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard for sharing electronic medical information has reached critical mass.


Oxehealth secures ‘world first’ accreditation for optical vital signs tech
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 02/10/2018

Software that allows a video camera to remotely measure vital signs has been approved as a medical device for the first time.


Bupa fined $228,000 after stolen data surfaces on dark web
Healthcare Info Security ~ Jeremy Kirk ~ 02/10/2018

The UK's data protection regulator has fined Bupa Insurance Services £175,000 ($228,000) for failing to stop an employee from stealing 547,000 customer records, which were later offered for sale on the dark web.


Oculus and VRHealth bring virtual reality to patient care
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 01/10/2018

VRHealth is delivering its virtual reality solutions through Oculus Go and Rift to help patients manage their pain and alleviate their anxiety.


Newfoundland and Labrador extend use of remote patient monitoring
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 01/10/2018

Eastern Health, the largest health authority in Newfoundland Labrador (NL), has been a pioneer in the use of telehealth and most recently implemented a Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solution that provides telehealth in a patient’s home.


House call tech company Heal introduces Apple Health Record support
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 01/10/2018

Consenting patients booking appointments through Heal may now opt to have their personal health records automatically and securely shared with a house call physician.


Smartphone-based ultrasound startup raises $250M in financing round
Bloomberg ~ Staff writer ~ 28/09/2018

The medical imaging firm this week began selling its first product, called the iQ. Priced at $2,000—significantly less than conventional ultrasound imaging machines—it could make the scans vastly more accessible.


Ireland knows it’s behind on EHRs, but hopes to learn from others' mistakes
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 28/09/2018

Ireland is looking to other countries successes and failures in EHRs and lessons from the private sector as it goes digital.


Department close to settling 10-year NPfIT legal battle with Fujitsu
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 28/09/2018

A legal dispute between the DHSC and the Japanese IT supplier has been raging since 2008, when Fujitsu’s £896m contract for the South of England was terminated.


Both Google and Amazon have recently backed this small Los Angeles digital health startup
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 28/09/2018

Los Angeles Aiva Health is developing a voice-enabled operating system that is tailored for a hospital setting.


Dictating directly into the electronic patient record
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Vanessa Miller ~ 27/09/2018

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has integrated a new version of M*Modal’s dictation solution, equipped with high-accuracy speech recognition, with its newly installed Epic patient record system.


Wearables pioneer Jawbone is back with a new mission
Recode ~ Eric Johnson ~ 26/09/2018

Jawbone has morphed into Jawbone Health, a medical subscription service that aims to help users catch health problems early.


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