International health IT week in review: March 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 24: FDA rules for cybersecurity and medical devices, Apple heart study early results, popular health apps and privacy, post-operative remote monitoring, fax server fail, remote monitoring at home, best of breed for infection control, NHS interop expert

Groups ask FDA to rethink some medical device cyber proposals
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/03/2019

The Food and Drug Administration is generally on the right track in updating guidance for the cybersecurity of premarket medical devices but various changes are needed.

Preliminary results are in from the massive Apple Heart Study
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 18/03/2019

According to findings presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, 0.5 percent of participants received a notification about irregular pulse and 84 percent of participants who received irregular pulse notifications were found to be in atrial fibrillation at the time of the notification.

Health apps pose 'unprecedented' privacy risks
BBC ~ Staff writer ~ 21/03/2019

Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon.

NHS Digital is to freshen its clinical leadership
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 21/03/2019

Amir Mehrkar is currently a clinical advisor for the agency, with a lead role on interoperability and promoting adoption of FHIR standards.

Jefferson Health to launch pilot of post-operative remote monitoring tech
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 20/03/2019

The upcoming pilot will use MegesHealth’s iPostOp, which consists of a mobile app and web application that aims to engage patients in their recovery through the month after surgery and discharge.

Hancock says the ‘tide of technology should be embraced’
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 19/03/2019

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said the “tide” of technology in the NHS should not be held back but embraced.

Unsecure fax server leaked patient data
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 18/03/2019

Sacramento, Calif.-based Meditab Software Inc., which provides fax services and other services for healthcare providers, leaked the patient records through a fax server that was hosted by a subdomain of one of its affiliate companies.

Apple Heart study demonstrates ability of wearable technology to detect atrial fibrillation ~ Staff writer ~ 18/03/2019

The study was launched with sponsorship by Apple Inc. in November 2017 to determine whether a mobile app that uses data from a heart-rate pulse sensor on the Apple Watch can identify atrial fibrillation.

Intermountain at Home looks to push the boundaries of tech-enabled virtual care
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 15/03/2019

Intermountain at Home will use telemedicine and remote monitoring along with homecare visits to expand the program from palliative care and dialysis, which the system already offers at home, to include home-based primary care and some traditional hospital services.

For infection control, hospitals rank specialty vendors higher than EHR giants, says KLAS
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 15/03/2019

Analysts see a best-of-breed strategy finding favor, with companies such as Xenex, Ecolab and VigiLanz preferred over Epic and Cerner for their innovative approaches to patient safety surveillance.

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