International health IT week in review: June 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 9: US health data breach spreads to three lab test groups, WannaCry still a threat to health systems, NHS App Library, HIMSS says FHIR R4 should be requirement, Skype doctors for home care, core cancer data elements, US needs unique health identifier, software-as-a-medical-device

Quest Diagnostics: data on 12 million patients exposed
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 03/06/2019

A data breach at American Medical Collection Agency has affected nearly 12 million patients who had lab tests performed by Quest Diagnostics.

LabCorp data also compromised by breach at AMCA
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 05/06/2019

LabCorp, a major medical testing firm, is the latest entity to be embroiled in the huge data breach experienced by Quest Diagnostics.

BioReference Laboratories added to AMCA breach tally
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 06/06/2019

A third medical lab test firm - BioReference Laboratories - has acknowledged that it's a victim of the data breach at American Medical Collections Agency, which may have exposed data on more than 20 million patients.

WannaCry 2019: Ransomware is alive and well
Healthcare IT News ~ Benjamin Harris ~ 06/06/2019

Part of the reason the healthcare industry is so affected is because it has so many unmanaged devices in its networks, including things like running older versions of operating systems that are no longer supported.

Survey: top three healthcare tasks patients complete on mobile apps
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 06/06/2019

Scheduling appointments, viewing lab results and requesting prescriptions emerged as the top three functions patients use mobile apps for, according to a survey of 552 US consumers.

Digital portal to streamline inclusion in NHS App library launched
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 06/06/2019

A new digital portal to help streamline and improve the process for developers seeking to have their app included on the NHS Apps Library has been launched.

AMIA suggests some fine-tuning for FDA's AI and machine learning regs
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 05/06/2019

The informatics group says the feds should do more to protect against bad data and algorithm bias, and keep cybersecurity top of mind in its software-as-a-medical-device rules.

Cerner remains confident that VA EHR is on the right track
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 05/06/2019

While the size and complexity of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ rollout of a new Cerner electronic health record won’t be easy, the healthcare IT vendor says it is achievable and they are making progress.

‘Skype doctors’ prevent 3,000 A&E visits in Manchester
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 05/06/2019

The video calls have also freed up 2,000 GP appointments by allowing elderly patients to get the care they need in the comfort of their own home.

HIMSS to ONC and CMS: Open APIs key enablers for innovation, competition
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 04/06/2019

In its comments on the agencies' interoperability rules, HIMSS said FHIR v.4 should be required for certification.

Core cancer data elements could aid info sharing in oncology
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 04/06/2019

Several organizations are committing to develop a way to capture and report the characteristics, treatments and outcomes that each cancer patient should have in their electronic health records.

Imprivata comment letter renews call for unique patient identifiers
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 03/06/2019

A vendor of digital identity platforms for the healthcare industry contends it’s time to consider unique health identifiers to help achieve interoperability.

NIH touts potential of IT to address healthcare disparities
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/06/2019

Health information technology remains an untapped opportunity with great promise for reducing disparities in healthcare delivery and outcomes in the clinical environment.

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