International health IT week in review: December 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 1: Google's data aggregation tool, Alexa for medication adherence, home UTI kit with app, NHS staff think big tech is dodgy, AI predicts immunotherapy response, FHIR needs funding, skin cancer apps valuable, aged care facilities hit by Ryuk

Google Health unveils EHR data aggregation tool for clinicians
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 27/11/2019

Google Health is working on a new EHR-like tool capable of pulling data from various clinical systems into a unified interface.


Amazon launches new Alexa feature that reminds customers when to take meds
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 26/11/2019

Amazon is jumping into the medication adherence space with a new feature that lets users link up their pharmacy prescription information and, in turn, get reminders about when to take their pills and order refills.


Healthy.io’s home-based UTI test kit to become available in Day Lewis pharmacies in the UK
MobiHealthNews ~ Leontina Postelnicu ~ 27/11/2019

After purchasing the test, users will be able to go through their results with a pharmacist, and will only need to pay an additional fee of £15 if they need to be prescribed medication.


NHS staff ‘uncomfortable with tech giants handling patient data’
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 26/11/2019

Just 12% of NHS staff and private healthcare workers said they would be comfortable with a multinational company carrying out said analysis, while only 17% said they would trust multinational big tech companies to handle the data in a confidential manner.


AI predicts response of lung cancer patients to immunotherapy
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/11/2019

Using routine computed tomography scans, researchers are able to determine which lung cancer patients will positively respond to immunotherapy treatment.


AMIA: FHIR is not suitable for research, needs NIH R&D funding
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/11/2019

The American Medical Informatics Association wants the National Institutes of Health to fund research and development to advance HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard.


Apps valuable tools for skin cancer self-monitoring, say dermatologists
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 25/11/2019

Apps that allow patients to keep photographic records of their skin and track changes over time are viewed by dermatologists as important tools for self-monitoring for skin cancer, according to new findings.


Ransomware attack on cloud vendor freezes nursing home EHR data
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 25/11/2019

Virtual Care Provider Inc., which provides hosting and IT services to post-acute care facilities nationwide, was hit by the Ryuk variant, locking access to patient data at 110 nursing homes.


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