International health IT week in review: September 22

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 22: PACS on the open internet, DeepMind staff join Google Health, digital health IPOs unsustainable, AI for dermatology, Amazon's pharmacy venture, machine learning for heart failure, $200m for digital pharmacy, information blocking, positive results for VA telehealth, cybercrims stealing admin credentials

Millions of Americans’ medical images and data are available on the internet
ProPublica ~ Jack Gillum, Jeff Kao and Jeff Larson ~ 17/09/2019

Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans, including X-rays, MRIs and CT scans, are sitting unprotected on the internet and available to anyone with basic computer expertise.

Is digital health in an investment bubble?
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 18/09/2019

Three VCs from New York, Michigan and California all agreed that valuations in digital health are unsustainable.

DeepMind's Health team jumps over to Google Health
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 18/09/2019

Google announced that the health team at DeepMind, an artificial intelligence Alphabet subsidiary primarily focused on research, is joining Google Health.

Google’s AI detects 26 skin conditions
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/09/2019

They report that it achieves accuracy across 26 skin conditions when presented with images and metadata about a patient case, and they claim that it’s on par with U.S. board-certified dermatologists.

Amazon's battle for pharmacy business is fought over phone, fax
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 16/09/2019

Getting into the pharmacy business was easy for It paid $753 million to buy the mail-order startup PillPack. The hard part has been prying patients away from their local drugstore.

Machine learning predicts heart failure risk for type 2 diabetes patients
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/09/2019

Researchers have identified the 10 top predictors of future heart failure for patients living with type 2 diabetes by using a machine learning model that generates a risk score.

Capsule scores $200m for digital pharmacy
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 16/09/2019

The platform lets patients transfer their refills from their old pharmacies to Capsule. Doctors can also e-prescribe to Capsule right away.

VA efforts to bring tablet-based telehealth to vets see positive results
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 16/09/2019

A JAMIA Open study and a Psychiatric Services study both found that the VA is succeeding in providing enhanced benefits to veterans.

Could HHS information blocking rule have unintended consequences on data sharing and security?
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 13/09/2019

A legal expert who helped write HIMSS’ comments on the proposed rule offers an in-depth look at the new regs, and explains what they could mean for IT and infosec leaders.

For sale: admin access credentials to healthcare systems
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 13/09/2019

Cybercriminals are "upping their game" by stealing and then auctioning off on the dark web administrator access credentials to healthcare organizations' clinician and patient portals, says Etay Maor, chief security officer at threat intelligence firm IntSights.

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