International health IT week in review: October 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 21: NHS needs £13b for IT, digital health playbook, UK minister outlines NHS IT vision, FDA and DHS on medical device security, Ada speaks Swahili, app for TB, Canadian snoop, $1b telehealth fraud, Anthem pays up, WannaCry cost NHS £92m

Officials' £13bn funding ask to modernise NHS IT
Health Services Journal ~ Ben Heather ~ 15/10/2018

The sum would be on par with the National Programme for IT, the most expensive push to improve IT systems in NHS history and an infamously costly and troubled project.

AMA launches digital health implementation playbook
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 17/10/2018

The new playbook will include a step-by-step approach to implementing digital health tools, as well as best practices and other resources.

Hancock’s ‘tech revolution’ to include mandatory open standards
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 17/10/2018

Outdated and obstructive NHS IT systems will become a thing of the past, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said, as he launched his technology vision.

Feds boost cooperation on medical device cybersecurity
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/10/2018

The Food and Drug Administration and Department of Homeland Security will work more closely to address threats to medical device cybersecurity.

An App Store for genomics
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 17/10/2018

Helix, based near San Francisco, touts its API-based business model as a way to stand out among the plethora of personal genomics companies.

Sequoia Project starts forum to delve into interoperability issues
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/10/2018

Sequoia, which operates a national health information exchange, has data exchange technology in 75 percent of the nation’s hospitals and supports secure exchange of records for more than 120 million patients.

UnitedHealth Group plans to unveil health record for members, providers in 2019
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 17/10/2018

Health insurer UnitedHealth Group will be unveiling a “fully integrated and fully portable individual health record,” CEO David Wichmann said on the on the company’s third-quarter earnings call yesterday.

Ada launches global health initiative
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 17/10/2018

Ada will become the first health guidance app to feature Swahili language integration, making its health assessment technology available to more than 100 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.

$400,000 settlement reached in snooping case
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 17/10/2018

A proposed settlement worth approximately $400,000 has been reached in a Nova Scotia class-action lawsuit concerning the improper access of patient information by an employee of the former Capital District Health Authority, according to a law firm involved in the case.

Anglia Ruskin University develops AI app to spot TB
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 17/10/2018

A team of scientists from Anglia Ruskin University have developed a mobile phone app that can help spot tuberculosis (TB).

TPP announces collaboration with Clinical Practice Research Datalink
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 16/10/2018

GP practices using TPP’s SystmOne solution will be able to send the de-identified patient data on a daily basis to CPRD.

Anthem agrees to record-breaking $16M HIPAA violation settlement
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 16/10/2018

The settlement stems from a cybersecurity attack in 2015 that revealed the personal health information of nearly 79 million people in the single largest healthcare data breach in U.S. history.

Seven companies, four individuals indicted in billion-dollar telemedicine fraud conspiracy
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/10/2018

The indictment further alleges that the defendants submitted not less than $931 million in fraudulent claims for payment.

VA-DoD leaders signal commitment to achieving interoperability
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 15/10/2018

The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) have signaled their commitment to achieving interoperability between the two agencies by implementing a single, seamlessly integrated electronic health record (EHR), according to a joint statement published last week.

Government puts cost of WannaCry to NHS at £92m
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 12/10/2018

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has estimated that WannaCry cost the NHS £92m in direct costs and lost output.

Medtronic cardiac devices recalled due to cyber concerns
Health Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 12/10/2018

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a "voluntary recall" by Medtronic of certain internet-connected programmers for implantable cardiac devices due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

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