International health IT week in review: March 3

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 3: First faxes, now pagers out at NHS, Amazon's pharmacy plans, 10-yr $16b EMR, Canadian snoops, Alexa at Cedars-Sinai, cardiologists advice on Apple ECG, digital pathology, app shares data with Facebook, YouTube action on anti-vaxers, Apple Health VP, eHealthNews South Africa shuts down

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care wages war on pagers
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/02/2019

NHS Trusts will be required to phase out pagers by the end of 2021, with all hospitals expected to have plans and infrastructure in place to ensure this is possible by the end of September 2020.

Amazon continues its push into the pharmacy business
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 28/02/2019

Amazon has tapped 14-year company veteran Nader Kabbani to run its new pharmacy business, including the team that came in through last year's acquisition of PillPack.

Rep. Phil Roe has concerns about 10-year VA EHR implementation
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 28/02/2019

According to the latest VA data provided to Congress, the total cost to implement the Cerner EHR system over 10 years will exceed $16 billion.

Doctors snooped in Humboldt Broncos records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 27/02/2019

Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner has found eight people inappropriately gained access to the electronic health records of 10 Humboldt Broncos team members involved in a bus crash last April.

Smart hospital room pilot at Cedars-Sinai leverages Alexa
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/02/2019

The Alexa-powered platform, called Aiva, enables hospital patients to interact hands-free with nurses and to control their entertainment by giving verbal commands to the device, which is designed to understand the requests and to route them to the most appropriate caregiver.

Warner seeks guidance on bulking up healthcare cybersecurity
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 25/02/2019

The risk of cyberattacks on the healthcare industry is getting Congressional attention, with a key senator asking for guidance on how to improve security.

East Kent Hospitals ditches pagers for CareFlow Connect mobile app
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 25/02/2019

As Matt Hancock announced a ban on the use of pagers in the NHS, East Kent has announced it has replaced the technology with System C’s CareFlow Connect app.

How cardiologists say you should and shouldn't use Apple Watch ECG
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 25/02/2019

At a recent Apple Store event, doctors shared aspirations for, and current limitations of, the sensor-laden smartwatch.

AI set to transform digital pathology for hospitals, says Frost & Sullivan
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 25/02/2019

A new report sees hospitals and diagnostic labs becoming the biggest adopters of digital pathology tools – and says vendors can boost their chances of approval and commercialization by staying focused on cost optimization for clinicians.

Gazing into the crystal ball: Predictions for Canadian healthcare IT
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Chris Hobson ~ 25/02/2019

What can we expect to see happen in healthcare IT and the management of data this year? Based on the momentum we’re seeing, and the feedback we’re receiving in Canada and worldwide, here’s our outlook for 2019.

App shared women's sensitive medical data with Facebook
Daily Telegraph ~ Laurence Dodds ~ 24/02/2019

The data was collected as part of Facebook's software development kit, which helps other app makers gather information about their users' behaviour but which also collects information for Facebook's own use.

YouTube just demonetized anti-vax channels
Buzzfeed ~ Caroline O'Donovan ~ 22/02/2019

YouTube said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising, saying explicitly that such videos fall under its policy prohibiting the monetization of videos with “dangerous and harmful” content.

Apple’s health strategy: Democratizing health information
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 22/02/2019

A chat with Apple VP of Health Dr. Sumbul Desai.

eHealthNews shutting down
eHealth News South Africa ~ Taryn Springhall ~ 28/02/2019

Most of you will know by now that today is eHealthNews’ last day.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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