International health IT week in review: April 14

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 14: 100 hospitals open to Apple, UK call for app regulation, rad AI studies not validated, Apple's healthcare ambitions, $1.2bn telehealth fraud, medical marijuana breach, patient and clinician views of NHS App, eRehab prescription, Microsoft HealthVault, HIPAA-compliant Alexa, unsupported OS risk, access to addiction histories

Community Health Systems makes Apple Health Records available at 100 affiliated hospitals
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 11/04/2019

The iPhone app enables patients to access data about medications, immunizations, labs and receive notifications.

Patient safety charity calls for regulatory standards for medical apps
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 11/04/2019

A patient safety charity has called for consistent regulatory standards to be applied to medical apps.

Most studies evaluating AI in radiology didn’t validate the results
Health Data Management ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 11/04/2019

A new report has found that most research applying machine learning to review medical images never validated the outcomes obtained.

GAO: HHS has not implemented critical cyber recommendations
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 10/04/2019

Over the last four years, the Government Accountability Office has made hundreds of recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services for improving its operations that have not been implemented.

Apple consumer base could fuel digital disruption in care
Bloomberg ~ Staff writer ~ 10/04/2019

Apple’s healthcare ambitions go beyond wearables like the Apple Watch, with the company poised to soon emerge as a leader in consumer health, according to Morgan Stanley.

DOJ charges telemedicine executives, doctors in $1.2B Medicare fraud scheme
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landl ~ 10/04/2019

The U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against 24 telemedicine and medical equipment company executives and physicians for their alleged participation in a $1.2 billion healthcare fraud scheme.

Feds bust alleged $1.2 billion telemedicine Medicare fraud scheme
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 10/04/2019

The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people who were allegedly involved in a complex $1.2 billion fraud scheme to sell medically unnecessary orthopedic braces to Medicare beneficiaries.

Records of marijuana users improperly accessed
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 10/04/2019

The personal health information of about 34,000 medical marijuana patients was accessed in a data breach of an electronic medical record system used by Sunniva Inc.’s Natural Health Services (NHS) Ltd. subsidiary.

Nvidia’s plan to take the ‘anxiety’ out of AI’s use in radiology
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 09/04/2019

A new partnership between Nvidia and the American College of Radiology will give a wider range of clinicians the ability to build, share and adapt their own AI models.

Evaluation reveals how users and clinical staff view the NHS App
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/04/2019

From the clinical staff side, the report said the main themes to emerge included the fact that “no noticeable negative impact on the practices involved” and “practice staff felt more confident to promote the app once they had seen a video of its functionality”.

Health data firm Cerner gains after reaching deal with activist Starboard
Bloomberg ~ Drew Armstrong ~ 09/04/2019

Cerner sells medical records systems used by doctors and hospitals to keep track of patient care and bill health insurers, and last year had $5.37 billion in revenue.

North Bristol one of the first to go live with eRehabilitation prescriptions
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/04/2019

NHS England has said all major trauma centres must provide patients a copy of their rehabilitation prescription following serious injury as part of new national guidelines.

Microsoft HealthVault is officially shutting down in November
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 08/04/2019

Microsoft’s ambition to create its own web-based personal health record system will come to an end on November 20, when the company is officially pulling the plug on its HealthVault service and deleting user data stored on the platform.

Amazon’s Alexa can now handle protected health info
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 08/04/2019

Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant technology is now HIPAA-eligible, enabling healthcare organizations to build applications with the technology.

New wearables trial allows COPD patients to be monitored at home
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 08/04/2019

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are trialling the use of wearable devices and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to remotely monitor chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients’ breathing machines.

Bills seek to update law on substance use disorder records
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/04/2019

Proposed legislation has been reintroduced in Congress to remove decades-old regulations preventing physicians from knowing their patients’ addiction treatment histories.

CMS expands Medicare Advantage coverage of telehealth services
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 08/04/2019

The new rule, which will go into effect in the 2020 plan year, will allow Medicare Advantage to offer telehealth services as part of their basic benefits, providing patients more options to receive healthcare services from locations like their home.

More than 2,600 patients sign up for NHS App in beta trial
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 05/04/2019

More than 5,000 patients viewed their patient record through the app; some 270 appointments were booked through the app; and more than 480 repeat prescriptions were processed.

Outdated software leaves NHS ‘vulnerable to cyber attack’ new research says
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 04/04/2019

Internet of Things (IoT) devices were identified as the weakest link in an IT network, according to research from software technologies company Check Point, which highlighted ultrasound machines as particularly vulnerable.

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