International health IT week in review: January 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending January 26: Speak to your EMR, health skepticism about digital health, Emotet warning, Babylon app to integrate care, EU medical device law, app monitors mental illness, palliative shared care record, computer errors in prescribing, ransoming patients, hacking heart scans, Epic distance from Google Cloud

Epic to debut ambient voice technology assistant at HIMSS20
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 22/01/2020

“Just like you use your smart speaker at home, clinicians soon will be able to say ‘Hey Epic’ to quickly get the information they need and take action,” an Epic exec reveals.


Apple says it’s healthy to be skeptical about digital health
Computerworld ~ Jonny Evans ~ 24/01/2020

Apple’s vice president for health, Dr. Sumbul Desai, says it's important to question what digital health solutions can do.


DHS CISA alerts to spike in Emotet malware cyberattacks
Health IT Security ~ Jessica Davis ~ 23/01/2020

Days after Proofpoint discovered the destructive malware had reemerged targeting the pharma sector, DHS CISA sent an alert to warn businesses of a spike in targeted Emotet cyberattacks.


Royal Wolverhampton partners with Babylon for digital-first integrated care
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 23/01/2020

Patients and staff at the trust will use Babylon’s technology to manage care through a free app, which will connect primary, secondary and community care.


What will the medtech sector look like under EU MDR Law?
MedCity News ~ Veronika Schweighart ~ 23/01/2020

Some experts predict that up to 50% of medical devices could be taken off the market as a result of it.


AI-based voice analysis app monitors mentally ill patients
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/01/2020

An interactive voice application that leverages artificial intelligence is able to track the clinical state of patients with serious mental illness by analyzing their speech samples.


Records stolen from Saskatoon Sexual Health
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 22/01/2020

Saskatoon Sexual Health has improved its security practices after a break-in in which two laptops were stolen – including one with personal client information.


Palliative shared record system adopted by 95% of Somerset GPs
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 21/01/2020

Using a pre-defined workflow, EPaCCS enables GPs and other care professionals – including district nurses, out-of-hours services and palliative care professionals – to create plans in under a minute using pre-populated information from the patient’s GP record.


Ransom-demanding gangs target fresh victims: patients
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/01/2020

In a recent attack on a Florida-based plastic surgery practice, hackers exfiltrated patients' medical records and then demanded a ransom be paid by the clinic and some of its patients to avoid further exposure of the data.


New tool from NIST aids in managing privacy
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 21/01/2020

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering a new tool for managing privacy risk within healthcare and other industries.


Top 10 medication hazards of 2019 include selecting wrong drug on computer screens
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 21/01/2020

Providers are making an increasing number of mistakes selecting the wrong medication for patients on their computer screens or tablets, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).


Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home
The Register ~ Gareth Corfield ~ 20/01/2020

A Stoke-on-Trent hospital administrator has avoided prison after hacking his NHS trust and helping himself to almost 9,000 heart scan images.


Epic Systems is warning customers it will stop working with Google Cloud
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 17/01/2020

Epic’s reps told customers the company would instead focus its energies on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. They said the company decided to halt development with Google Cloud because it wasn’t seeing sufficient interest among its health system customers to warrant the investment.


Google Health VP on Ascension partnership: 'The press has made this into something it's not'
Healthcare IT News ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 17/01/2020

This past year, Google found itself in the spotlight of a nationwide debate on health data privacy when a Wall Street Journal scoop brought to light its data sharing deal with Ascension Health.


AI approach to identifying stroke risk from CT scans gets FDA nod
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 17/01/2020

An artificial intelligence solution has received federal approval for use in analyzing brain CT scans for a significant cause of strokes.


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