International health IT week in review: March 31

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 31: US HHS interoperability rules, Amazon active in image analysis, Israel's digital health system, AI in the real health world, digital health in east Africa, big pharma's digital options, secure messaging medications, sleep app on the NHS, phishing in Oregon, security of cardiac devices

Industry voices concerns about proposed HHS interoperability rules
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 27/03/2019

Making electronic health information accessible to patients and providers is the goal of two proposed Department of Health and Human Services rules. However, stakeholders question whether the aims are achievable as currently written.


Amazon is turning its controversial Rekognition software to medical image redaction
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 22/03/2019

Amazon has demonstrated the ability to combine its Comprehend Medical software service with its Rekognition image analysis to help automate medical image de-identification.


How Israel turned decades of medical data into digital health gold
Forbes ~ Moshe Bar Siman Tov ~ 26/03/2019

The difference in Israel is that the country of just 8 million people has begun leveraging its medical data to create new opportunities in the analysis and optimization of patient treatment.


How AI is contributing to improvements in healthcare
Health Data Management ~ Simon Beaulah ~ 28/03/2019

What follows are a few specific examples of NLP and AI deployments making a positive impact on the industry.


Tanzania urges east African countries to invest in digital health technology
Xinhua ~ Staff writer ~ 27/03/2019

Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Wednesday urged the East African Community (EAC) member countries to invest in digital technology to accelerate implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


FDA regulations could create digital health opportunities for pharma
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 28/03/2019

A new report from PwC predicts that new and proposed FDA regulations could open up doors for pharmaceutical companies looking to develop digital tools.


CVS uses text messaging to save health plans money
Health Data Management ~ Diana Manos ~ 28/03/2019

CVS's secure messaging, where specialty care teams offer clinical and drug adherence support via two-way text messaging to keep patients on track, is ultimately reducing costs for payers.


Sleep-deprived Londoners to benefit from Sleepio app
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/03/2019

The app is now available free on the NHS in the capital after the Good Thinking service, which aims to improve the mental health of Londoners, selected Sleepio as a partner.


Warnings issued about Medtronic cardiac devices
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 22/03/2019

Federal regulators and medical device maker Medtronic have issued warnings about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain cardiac devices from the manufacturer that could allow attackers to manipulate the products' functionality, posing potential safety risks to patients.


Oregon DHS staff fall for phishing scheme, affecting data of 350,000
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/03/2019

The Oregon Department of Human Services is notifying 350,000 individuals after learning that nine employees fell victim to a phishing attack.


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