International health IT week in review: September 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 1: Digital health IPOs, secondary use of data, cardiac rehab platform reduces re-admissions, EPS in the UK, 20m Epic records for research, Google and UCMC in court, telehealth underused, reducing sepsis deaths, Ontario EMR dashboard, Allscripts links with Apple Health Records, Zocdoc charges $3000pa

2019 is the year of the digital health IPO, but will it last?
MedCity News ~ Pete Barlas ~ 25/08/2019

After a relatively quiet IPO market, 2019 has emerged as the year of the digital health IPO with Health Catalyst, Livongo Health, Phreesia, and Change Healthcare all going public and with one more - Peloton - set to debut soon.

Most patients say they would share records for medical research
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 27/08/2019

Most patients are willing to share information from their electronic medical records and biospecimens for research purposes, according to a recently completed study.

Rehospitalization rare following Kaiser Permanente, Samsung digital cardiac rehab program
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 29/08/2019

An in-home cardiac rehabilitation program combining Samsung consumer devices, a custom patient-facing app and clinician dashboard integration achieved substantial lower rehospitalization rates among a cohort of 1,880 Kaiser Permanente patients than the national average.

Portsmouth becomes first area to fully roll out electronic prescription service
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 29/08/2019

Portsmouth has become the first area in the country to offer electronic prescriptions to all patients.

Google, medical center ask court to dismiss privacy lawsuit
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 29/08/2019

Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center have filed motions to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges patients' electronic health records were not properly de-identified by the hospital before they were shared with Google to support the company's predictive medical data analytics technology development efforts.

Zocdoc defends new pricing model as necessary for expansion as some N.Y. doctors criticize the changes
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 28/08/2019

Zocdoc said the change in its pricing model is necessary to allow the company to expand to providers in suburban, rural and specialty practices that wouldn’t attract enough new patients to justify paying a flat annual fee of roughly $3,000.

Two-thirds of consumers say they're interested in telehealth, but far fewer have given it a try
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 28/08/2019

While roughly two in three American adult consumers say they would be willing to receive care via telehealth services, just 8% report having ever having a video visit with a doctor.

Dashboard enables doctors to analyze EMR data
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 28/08/2019

OntarioMD led the development of an EMR-integrated dashboard tool that shows doctors, at a glance, where there is opportunity to improve and take action – both in the quality of the data they’re collecting and the care they’re providing to patients.

Epic to gather records of 20 million patients for medical research
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 28/08/2019

Epic is unveiling a massive data compilation effort intended to gather de-identified patient information from participating systems that eventually could be used by clinicians to improve care decisions.

Augusta Health builds its own sepsis warning system, cuts cases
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 26/08/2019

Virginia’s mortality rate for sepsis is 12.7 percent, but at Augusta Health, an independent community hospital with 255 beds and a medical staff of 280, the rate is less than 4.8 percent.

FDA clears wearable device to better monitor patients
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/08/2019

The Food and Drug Administration has approved new wearable technology that offers non-invasive cuffless monitoring of blood pressure, oxygenation and heart rate.

Apple Health Records comes to certain Allscripts EHR suites
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 26/08/2019

Both providers and patients documenting records with Allscripts’ Sunrise, TouchWorks EHR and Professional EHR products will have access to Apple’s platform, which uses the FHIR standard.

Message-based consultation app Docly registers with CQC
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/08/2019

Docly allows patients to fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms and a GP is able to message them via the app to offer advice on suitable treatment and, if needed, send a prescription.

HHS proposes rule to reform substance abuse confidentiality regs
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 23/08/2019

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to ease decades-old regulations preventing physicians from knowing patients’ histories of addiction treatment.

Data breach of nearly 10,000 people at Massachusetts General
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 23/08/2019

The breach came in June in two applications researchers use and was performed by an unauthorized third party, the prominent hospital said.

Hundreds of patients wrongly told they had cancer due to ‘IT error’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/08/2019

Hundreds of patients in Scotland were wrongly told they had serious conditions – including cancer and endometriosis – after an “IT error” caused incorrect discharge letters to be sent out.

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