International health IT week in review: November 4

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 4: 420,000 join Apple heart study, healthcare's most wired, US Medicare to cover telehealth, mandatory breach notification in Canada, HIEs connect to Military Health System, Cerner opioid toolkit, Cerner progress with DoD, AI for sepsis, certified EHR tech

Apple Watch heart study with Stanford signs up 400,000 people
Bloomberg ~ Robert Langreth ~ 01/11/2018

More than 400,000 people have signed up for a Stanford University study being sponsored by Apple Inc. to examine whether Apple Watch can detect patients with undiagnosed heart rhythm problems, one of the largest heart screening studies ever to be conducted.

Improving the communication infrastructure: healthcare’s next big wave?
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 31/10/2018

With access to patient health information now commonplace among providers, the next core investment could be in communication channels with patients, according to CHIME’s 2018 HealthCare’s Most Wired survey.

CMS will cover virtual care for the first time
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 01/11/2018

Medicare will pay for certain communication technology-based services, the remote evaluation of recorded video and/or images and an expanded list of telehealth services.

Canada's mandatory breach notification rules now in effect
Healthcare Info Security ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 01/11/2018

Private sector organizations in Canada must now report all serious data breaches to the country's privacy watchdog.

Seven HIEs now connected to Military Health System
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 01/11/2018

Seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) are now connected to the Military Health System (MHS), enabling MHS providers to have access to patients’ electronic health records to support clinical decision making at the point of care.

LabCorp mobile app lets patients put health data on iPhone
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 30/10/2018

LabCorp has introduced a mobile app that aids patients in moving their health records to their iPhones, making it easy to access test results.

Cerner offers new opioid toolkit integrated with its EHR
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 30/10/2018

Health IT vendor Cerner is offering clients a new toolkit integrated into clinical workflows to ensure safe prescribing of opioids by providers.

Ransomware that won’t quit: SamSam still pummeling US healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 30/10/2018

A new Symantec report finds the notorious, highly targeted virus is primarily hitting the U.S, especially the healthcare sector, where hackers may believe orgs are more likely to pay.

Cerner exec on DoD implementations: “We’re seeing measurable progress”
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 30/10/2018

Reports have slammed the Cerner implementations at initial DoD sites, but company and federal executives believe that progress is being made.

Imperial College scientists create AI system to help treat sepsis
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 26/10/2018

The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, claimed that 98 per cent of the time the AI system either matched, or was better than, the human doctors’ decision.

Amazon launches connected medical device brand focused on diabetes, cardiovascular disease
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 26/10/2018

Developed with brand consultancy firm Arcadia, the Choice product line will kick off with app-connected blood glucose and blood pressure monitors sold directly to consumers.

ONC finds most hospitals plan to use upgraded EHR tech in 2019
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/10/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working to finalize its proposed Quality Payment Program rule that would require the use of 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) beginning in 2019.

Feds give rules on HIPAA when sharing opioid patient data
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 25/10/2018

The intent is to enable clinicians to share data and information without an opioid patient’s permission.

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