International health IT week in review: June 30

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 30: NHSX boss acknowledges scepticism, Fitbit links to Cardiogram, Romanian hospitals hit, privacy barrier to interoperability, AI and EMRs, 5G connects ambos to ED, Nova Scotia breach, pharmacist access to UK SCR, Alexa for heart attacks, AI detects early breast cancer

Gould understands NHS IT ‘scepticism’ but is hopeful for NHSX opportunity
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 27/06/2019

He acknowledged the fact that NHSX follows a long line of much-promised IT change across the health system, such as the National Programme for IT and Care Dot Data.


Fitbit users now have access to Cardiogram's heart condition-detecting deep neural network
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 27/06/2019

Fitbit users can also become part of Cardiogram and UC San Francisco's Health eHeart Study.


Ransomware hits Romanian hospitals, disrupts operations
Healthcare IT News ~ Leontina Postelnicu ~ 27/06/2019

At least four hospitals in Romania were hit by ransomware last week in attacks the Romanian Intelligence Service said it suspected were launched by Chinese hackers.


Survey: privacy and security are barriers to interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 27/06/2019

A recent survey finds that privacy and security concerns continue to hamper the increasing interoperability of healthcare systems.


DeepMind health lead says AI could soon be used in predictive medicine
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 26/06/2019

Dr Dominic King revealed a “mind-blowing” piece of research will be published in the next month, showing how the technology can be applied to electronic health records (EHRs) to flag conditions a patient is at risk of.


5G robotic glove could diagnose patients before they reach A&E
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 27/06/2019

5G capabilities would allow paramedics to be connected to clinicians at a hospital, who could help them diagnose and treat patients before they’ve reached A&E.


Medicaid patients in Arizona can now use Lyft to get to appointments
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 26/06/2019

The ride sharing platform is now approved as a non-emergency medical transportation service for Medicaid patients in the state.


Livongo adds smartwatch integrations to its disease management platform
MobiHealthNews ~ Kevin Truong ~ 26/06/2019

With the new feature, members have the ability to link their Apple, Fitbit or Samsung smartwatches to the company's app to receive health information on their wrist and share activity information back with Livongo to better personalize activity and health suggestions.


Key factors influencing one's decision to use digital health tools
Healthcare IT News ~ Leontina Postelnicu ~ 26/06/2019

New research commissioned by Philips indicates that people would be more likely to use digital health technologies if they were recommended by a healthcare professional and if they had an “assurance” that their data would be kept secure.


Phishing leads to loss of records in Nova Scotia
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 26/06/2019

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is in the process of sending out notifications to 2,841 patients and next of kin about a potential privacy breach regarding personal health information.


Alberta’s new government cancels superlab
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 26/06/2019

The former NDP government decided to consolidate lab services and build the Edmonton hub after the Health Quality Council of Alberta recommended creating one provincial lab agency and information system.


One-click function for SCR introduced for community pharmacists
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 25/06/2019

Community pharmacists can now access patient information more easily after a one-click function was introduced to the Summary Care Record (SCR).


Smart speakers serve as cardiac arrest detection system
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/06/2019

The tool, which uses smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, is trained to detect agonal respiration, an abnormal pattern of breathing associated with about half of people who experience cardiac arrests.


AI, mammograms and EHRs can predict early breast cancer
Health Data Management ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 25/06/2019

An algorithm that integrates machine and deep learning with a linked set of digital mammography images and electronic health records detected early breast cancer as well as radiologists.


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