International health IT week in review: January 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending January 20: Apple Watch for at-risk seniors, HIMSS sells Analytics arm, SingHealth hack, meds rec in Scotland, Boston Children's hacker jailed, Microsoft working with Allscripts and Walgreens, VA EHR, Alberta patient portal, Birmingham patient portal

Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 16/01/2018

Apple has previously signed a deal with insurance giants Aetna and United Healthcare about subsidizing the cost of the watch.

Definitive Healthcare acquires HIMSS Analytics’ data services
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/01/2019

Definitive Healthcare, a data analytics and business intelligence company, has acquired the data services business and assets of HIMSS Analytics, the organizations announced today.

Staff disciplined in wake of SingHealth breach
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 14/01/2019

The organization that manages IT, including cybersecurity, for Singapore's public healthcare sector says it has terminated, demoted or financially penalized several employees for their roles in the handling of a 2017 cyberattack on SingHealth, the island nation's largest healthcare group. The breach affected 1.5 million individuals.

UC Health expands Apple Health Records access to its 5 million patients
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 17/01/2019

Patients across the entire University of California Health network are now being given the ability to download their medical data onto their Apple smartphones.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde goes live with Orion Health Medicines
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 16/01/2019

The system uses information from the Scottish Care Information, a national system that integrates primary and secondary care, and then matches it with data from the national Emergency Care Summary, which draws information from GP systems.

Boston Children's Hospital hacker gets long prison sentence
Health Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 11/01/2019

A hacktivist who launched distributed denial-of-service attacks on Boston Children's Hospital and another local facility in 2014 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $443,000 in restitution.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Microsoft form digital health link
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 15/01/2019

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Microsoft have entered a seven-year agreement to form a strategic partnership to build digital healthcare solutions.

Record number of patients sign up to electronic portal in Birmingham
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/01/2019

The myhealth@QEHB portal, which was rolled out in 2012, allows patients with long-term conditions to remotely access some of their clinical information, including letters, appointments and laboratory results.

Allscripts, Microsoft aim to develop clinical research platform
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 15/01/2019

Allscripts and Microsoft are working to develop a new research model to enable clinical research to be conducted via point-of-care technology platforms.

Montana senator to VA CIO: “EHR modernization cannot fail”
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 14/01/2019

Senate VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester has urged new VA CIO James Gfrerer to avoid past failures as he helps to move forward the department’s EHR (electronic health record) modernization project.

ONC: Barriers remain to interoperable access to health information
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/01/2019

Despite widespread adoption of health information technology, healthcare data is not always accessible across systems and by patients, providers and payers.

Austin Regional docs to use Apple Watch to record patient data
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 11/01/2019

Notable Health’s solution uses Apple Watch to document physician-patient discussions and employs artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing software to parse the conversation down to its relevant pieces to accurately record the conversation in patient files.

UC San Diego Health opens California’s first senior ER unit
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 10/01/2019

The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department is designed specially for geriatric patients who may be fragile and confused upon entering an ER.

Alberta’s patient portal to be complete by April
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 09/01/2019

Alberta’s long-delayed online portal that will allow patients to access their personal health information, including lab results and prescription records, will be up and running before April, says Health Minister Sarah Hoffman.

AMIA advises CDC to start with limited pilot for health IT testing in the field
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 08/01/2019

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) supports health IT testing in the field, but is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initially use a limited scope for in the field testing to ensure the future success of the CDC’s National Test Collaborative (NTC).

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