International health IT week in review: March 1

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 1: Babylon versus Twitter critic, Apple and J&J's heart health trial, AI for lung cancer detection, data privacy and Google's Fitbit acquisition, accredited AI standard for healthcare, phishing sophistication, US EHR standardisation plans to reduce burnout, Germany's EPR roll out, Epic CEO's privacy argument

Chatbot Babylon fires back at Twitter critic by publicly analyzing his search data
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 25/02/2020

For years, a Twitter user under the handle of @DrMurphy11 has posted his encounters with Babylon's tool based on hypothetical situations. On the whole his tweets have been critical of the chatbot and highlight inaccuracies and issues among its responses.


Apple, J&J open enrolment of Heartline Study to Medicare seniors with iPhones
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 25/02/2020

The study will use the smartphones, Apple Watches and a custom health engagement program to influence stroke risk and atrial fibrillation detection.


NHS team reports potential for AI in rapid detection of lung cancer
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 26/02/2020

The algorithm correctly identified the presence and location of 10 out of 11 incidences where cancers were later histologically confirmed through tissue samples tested in a lab.


Google’s acquisition of Fitbit could pose ‘high level of risk to privacy and data protection’
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 26/02/2020

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has ordered Google to conduct “a full assessment of the data protection requirements and privacy implications” of its acquisition of wearables giant Fitbit.


Consumer Technology Association develops healthcare AI standard
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 26/02/2020

Billed as the first of its kind, the ANSI-accredited spec defines terms such as assistive intelligence, synthetic data and others related to how artificial intelligence is used in healthcare.


New study tests if Apple Watch feature can reduce stroke risk
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 25/02/2020

A study launched by Johnson & Johnson is currently enrolling Medicare patients to see if an Apple Watch feature can reduce users’ stroke risk through the early detection of atrial fibrillation.


Why Apple and Johnson & Johnson’s new heart study is a big deal for digital health
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 25/02/2020

It represents one of the largest randomized digital health trials in history. It’s also an example of a tech company, a pharma company and a retailer partnering up.


Bitmarck and RISE are on schedule with German EPR implementation
Healthcare IT News ~ Anna Engberg ~ 25/02/2020

Germany’s statutory health insurance funds are required by law to provide their insured persons with the EPR from the beginning of January next year.


Phishing in healthcare: yet another major incident
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 25/02/2020

Phishing attacks are becoming more effective as fraudsters improve their efforts to adopt the "look and feel" of a legitimate email.


HHS creates plan to make EHRs less painful for docs
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 24/02/2020

The report includes suggestions to standardize certain elements of EHRs, and bring federal reporting requirements up to date.


Boots teams up with Doctor Care Anywhere to offer e-prescriptions
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 24/02/2020

The e-prescription service gives patients the option to have their prescriptions sent electronically to a Boots pharmacy within minutes of their GP consultation.


Does Epic’s CEO have a point on privacy?
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 21/02/2020

With data-blocking rules expected to go into effect soon, patients should finally be able to access and freely share their health data. But should those rules also include privacy protections for those that opt to share their data with health apps?


ONC unveils new plan for combating clinician burnout
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 21/02/2020

Its strategy on reducing regulatory and administrative burden relating to the use of health IT and EHRs aims to make changes that allow providers to focus on patients.


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