International health IT week in review: October 13

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 6: Ryuk loose in Canada, low quality health apps, medical research data sharing, US Medicare fraud uses telehealth, Cerner's cognitive computing venture, safety report on health IT risks, hackers use survey to phish, Alabama hospital pays ransom, GP at Hand in Manchester

Ransomware hits three Ontario hospitals
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/10/2019

The malware, known as “Ryuk,” attacks computer networks but remains invisible to average users for weeks or months. During that time, it collects information about the organization and its perceived ability to pay a ransom.


Only 15% of healthcare apps meet safety standards, research reveals
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/10/2019

Most notably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.


NLM taps EHRs, FHIR to improve sharing of medical research data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/10/2019

The National Library of Medicine is developing analysis tools to mine electronic health records to help discover adverse drug reactions, identify promising drug targets and detect transplant rejection earlier.


Medicare fraudsters now tap telemedicine in medical equipment scams
Kaiser Health News ~ Victoria Knight ~ 09/10/2019

The fraudsters enlist health professionals — doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners — to contact people they’ve never met by telephone or video chat under the guise of a telemedicine consultation.


Cerner launches new cognitive platform
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 09/10/2019

The technology, still in development, is built on AWS infrastructure, and Cerner says the cloud-based automation platform will enable faster innovations by removing manual steps that cast roadblocks for new advancements.


HHS proposes allowing cybersecurity donations to doctors
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 09/10/2019

Federal regulators are proposing a "safe harbor" that would permit hospitals to donate certain cybersecurity software and services to physicians. The move would modify the so-called Stark Law and federal anti-kickback regulations.


ECRI's top health tech hazards for 2020 include EHR errors, alert fatigue
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 08/10/2019

For its new annual assessment of healthcare technology dangers, the nonprofit safety group ECRI Institute points to misuse of surgical staplers as the top hazard. But a few major health IT risks also round out the list.


Patient portal usage associated with better preventive health engagement
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/10/2019

Patient use of an online portal has been linked to significant improvements in preventive health behaviors, according to a study of 10,000 patients by Penn Medicine researchers.


NB to allow more than one EMR provider for MDs
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/10/2019

The New Brunswick Medical Society will shut down a company it launched to serve as the exclusive provider of a costly electronic medical records system for doctors’ offices in the province.


Hackers use worker survey as pretext for attack at UAB Medicine
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 07/10/2019

The hackers sent an email created to look like an authentic request from an executive asking employees to complete a business survey.


Patients say ask before using medical records for research
eHealth News.eu ~ Staff writer ~ 07/10/2019

A new study led by Michigan Medicine researchers finds that even when patients understand the overall benefit to society, they still want to be able to give consent at least once before their de-identified data is used for research.


DCH pays hackers responsible for ransomware attack
Tuscaloosa News ~ Stephanie Taylor ~ 05/10/2019

The DCH Health System has made a payment to the hackers responsible for the crippling attack on its computer system that’s impacted operations at its three hospitals since early Tuesday morning.


GP at Hand in ‘formal talks’ to expand to Manchester in 2020
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 04/10/2019

It comes after GP at Hand was given the green light to expand to Birmingham in June, with a number of restrictions in place including a limit to patient numbers and registrations within the Birmingham and Solihull area only.


Just how widespread is ransomware epidemic?
Information Security Media Group ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 04/10/2019

More than 600 ransomware attacks pummelled local governments, schools districts and healthcare providers across the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to a study by security firm Emsisoft.


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