International health IT week in review: July 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 28: Livongo's big debut, US national patient ID, remote monitoring of cardiac function, EMRs find candidates for clinical trials, outsourced cancer screening failure, more AMCA victims, asking Alexa for GP appointments, Amazon threatens SureScripts, insurer taps telehealth

Livongo shares surge in market debut as digital health space heats up
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 25/07/2019

Livongo Health shares surged as much as 62% in their stock market debut on Thursday, the latest sign that public investors are buying into the digital health trend.

Health IT groups push for OK of national patient ID measure
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 25/07/2019

Two health IT industry groups are pressing the Senate to follow the House's lead and approve legislation to lift the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development and adoption of a unique national patient identifier.

Remote device helps Mayo assess cardiovascular strategies
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/07/2019

The Mayo Clinic is studying the use of new technology that applies machine learning to study heart disease through precise remote monitoring of cardiac function.

AI helps find clinical trial candidates at Cincinnati Children’s
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/07/2019

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has developed artificial intelligence that leverages electronic health records to identify qualified subjects for clinical trials.

Capita admits further administrative errors in cervical screening programme
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 25/07/2019

An interim report from the review found IT needs to be “radically upgraded” and online booking needs to be introduced to improve cancer screening programmes in the NHS.

NHS data worth £9.6bn per year, says Ernst & Young
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 24/07/2019

Data held by the NHS could be worth nearly £10bn a year through operational savings, improved patient outcomes and benefits to the wider economy, a report from Ernst & Young has concluded.

Alberta launches review of electronic health systems
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 24/07/2019

The province of Alberta has issued a request for proposals to review health information systems, including the Alberta Netcare, the MyHealth Records personal information portal, and the long-awaited Connect Care network.

Yet again, more victims added to AMCA breach tally
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 23/07/2019

At least nine more companies in the last few days have revealed that have been notified by AMCA that the data on a combined total of nearly 1 million of their patients was potentially exposed by a data breach the debt collector discovered on March 21

Groups host congressional briefing to support lifting patient ID ban
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 23/07/2019

Correctly identifying patients and accurately matching their electronic health records as they are shared across healthcare organizations continues to be a major challenge for the industry, which has resulted in medical errors and deaths.

Hear My Record links medical record to Alexa at Hack Day
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/07/2019

Dr Michael Barry asked his Alexa to check his new blood test results. He was met with rapturous laughter when he asked Alexa to book him a GP appointment and she said there were “none available” and to “try Babylon Health”.

Anthem partners with startup K Health on symptom checker and telehealth app
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 22/07/2019

The co-branded application will open up access to K Health's AI-driven triage and symptom checker tool to Anthem's more than 40 million members.

InterSystems, Rhodes Group join to ease specimen collections
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/07/2019

InterSystems and Rhodes Group say eMyLabCollect is independent of any particular lab or hospital information system and can integrate with any system via HL7 messages.

Amazon threatens to sue major pharmacy player if it prevents PillPack from accessing patient drug data
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 19/07/2019

PillPack’s pharmacy delivery service relies on its access to an accurate list of its patients’ medications, so it can properly inform them about health and safety risks, uncover any duplicate subscriptions and help them keep up with refills.

Use of clinical decision support set to start for imaging tests
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 19/07/2019

Radiology practices may be left holding the bag as the federal government rolls out a plan to require the use of clinical decision support in ordering studies.

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