International health IT week in review: August 4

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 4: Big tech commits to FHIR, US launches MyHealthEData, AI can predict AKI, backdoors to medical devices, Cerner picks AWS, DirectTrust standards for real-time messaging, Surescripts' war with Amazon, paediatricians and portals, free FHIR tools, voice commands for EMRs, $5b for Vista

Tech giants reaffirm support for FHIR interoperability standard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 31/07/2019

Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce once again have pledged to work to advance HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources application programming interface.

CMS launches new API to help doctors get access to patient records
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 30/07/2019

The pilot is part of a larger CMS initiative called MyHealthEData, which is focused on giving patients more access to their medical data.

AI predicts deadly kidney disease up to 48 hours in advance
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/08/2019

Using the electronic health records of more than 700,000 patients collected from VA sites, researchers developed a deep learning approach that can predict the presence of AKI in patients as much as 48 hours earlier than it can now be diagnosed.

DeepMind’s Streams app saves £2,000 per patient, peer review finds
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 31/07/2019

The review found the app reduced the average cost of admission for a patient with acute kidney injury (AKI) by 17%.

Encryption standards for medical devices ‘need to be mandatory’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 31/07/2019

Encryption standards need to be legally enforced to “shut the back door” on potential cyber security breaches that could put people’s lives at risk, an internet of things (IoT) company has warned.

Cerner taps Amazon Web Services in the escalating cloud wars
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 30/07/2019

The deal makes AWS the preferred cloud provider of Cerner who will use the cloud computing platform to power new health-oriented innovations that are intended to improve clinical experiences and increase efficiency through the use of AI and machine learning.

DirectTrust launches effort for secure instant messaging
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 30/07/2019

DirectTrust, best known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol-based security and trust framework for secure email messaging in healthcare, has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging.

Surescripts fires back at Amazon by kicking vendor ReMy Health off its network
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 30/07/2019

Surescripts decided to bar third-party data vendor ReMy Health from accessing the company’s internal data and said that it is in the process of terminating its contract with the company and turning the matter over to the FBI because of what it characterizes as alleged violations of state and federal law.

Patient portals open the door to a new challenge for pediatricians
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 29/07/2019

Now there is portal messaging, which allows parents and clinicians to exchange email-type messages via a practice’s electronic records portal.

InterSystems makes FHIR tools free to NHS customers
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 29/07/2019

NHS organisations using Health Connect – available through InterSystems’s HealthShare informatics platform – will be able to take advantage of NHS FHIR profiles as they become available at no additional cost.

Livongo's CEO says opening day success signals healthy digital health market
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 29/07/2019

After much speculation and anticipation, chronic care management startup Livongo officially went public on Thursday. The company closed its first day 36% above its initial pricing of $28 and is currently trading for over $41 per share on NASDAQ.

Rite Aid launches new retail-based telehealth kiosks with InTouch Health
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 29/07/2019

Through the company's line of RediClinic retail clinics, customers will be able to use InTouch Health's virtual care software to connect with clinicians for video visits through available RediClinic Express kiosks.

VUMC pilot to use voice commands to retrieve EHR data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/07/2019

What if clinicians could use voice commands to retrieve information from electronic health records in the same effortless way that consumers use virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri?

VA to spend $4.89B on VistA until Cerner EHR fully replaces system
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/07/2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs will need to maintain its legacy electronic health record system at a cost of nearly $5 billion over 10 years until it is replaced by a commercial off-the-shelf EHR from Cerner.

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