International health IT week in review: November 18

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 18: What 'Amazon healthcare' could look like, 12 FDA-approved algorithms, messaging apps in emergencies, EMR 'abuse', DeepMind team to join Google, VA EHR using FHIR, $5.7 billion for PMS vendor Athenahealth, FHIR Server for Azure, single log-in for NHS

What 'Amazon healthcare' could look like in 5 years
Health Data Management ~ Yulan Egan and Jacqueline Kimmell ~ 15/11/2018

Over the past year, the company has hired a slew of former healthcare leaders, acquired the direct-to-consumer pharmacy business PillPack, and moved forward with a high-profile venture to jointly manage the health of its employee population alongside JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.


Roundup: 12 healthcare algorithms cleared by the FDA
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 15/11/2018

As AI cements its role in healthcare, more and more intelligent software offerings are pursuing 510(k) and de novo approvals.


NHS issues guidance on use of instant messaging apps
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 14/11/2018

The guidance sets out how and in which circumstances doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff can use messaging apps within acute care settings


NHS Digital confirms end of patient data sharing with Home Office
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 14/11/2018

The memorandum, which came into effect in January 2017, allowed the Home Office to gain access to patient data – including non-clinical information – for the purpose of tracing immigration offenders and vulnerable people.


AMA president calls for end to electronic health record abuse
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/11/2018

The nation’s largest physician group is calling for an end to electronic health record “abuse” which is relegating doctors to the role of data entry clerks and leading to widespread professional burnout.


VA, Cerner leaders detail progress on EHR implementation, interoperability efforts
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 14/11/2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s new $16-billion-dollar Cerner electronic health record (EHR) system will use open application programming interface (APIs) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards to enable interoperability with the private sector, according to a Cerner executive, which potentially positions the VA as a leading force to drive interoperability forward in the healthcare industry.


DeepMind’s Streams technology team to join Google
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 13/11/2018

Streams, which was previously part of DeepMind, sends patient test result data directly to clinicians’ mobile devices and alerts them to individuals who could be in danger of developing acute kidney infection (AKI).


Microsoft Healthcare rolls out FHIR server for Azure
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 13/11/2018

Microsoft Healthcare has announced the release of an open source project, FHIR Server for Azure, to offer developers access to software that supports the exchange and management of data in the cloud via the FHIR specification.


Athenahealth to be acquired by investment firms for $5.7B
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 12/11/2018

After a lengthy search for a buyer, athenahealth has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired for $5.7 billion in cash.


Citizen Identity project re-branded as NHS Login
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/11/2018

The service is intended to make it possible to use a single login to access digital health and care services.


Feinberg leaving Geisinger to head health initiatives at Google
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 09/11/2018

David Feinberg, MD, president and CEO of Geisinger, is leaving the integrated health services organization to lead Google’s expanding healthcare initiatives.


PE oncologist performs remote tumour treatment procedure
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 09/11/2018

An oncologist at the Cancercare Langenhoven Drive Oncology Centre in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth (PE) has successfully treated a patient’s brain tumour from 1,000km away, using new remote technologies and surgery-free gamma radiation equipment.


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