International health IT week in review: March 8

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 8: HIMSS conference falls to coronavirus, US to release funds for coronavirus telehealth, Babylon providing digital platform for Rwanda, SweynTooth threat to medical devices, AI for premature baby retinopathy, online mental health for Ontario, digital front door for NHS, consumers don't know what digital health is, Alexa taps First Databank for answers, VA EHR delay

HIMSS cancels over coronavirus concerns
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 05/03/2020

HIMSS cancelled its annual conference for the first time in more than 50 years.

Telehealth coverage included in coronavirus spending bill
mHealth Intelligence ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 04/03/2020

Congressional leaders have agreed to a coronavirus response bill that will allow Medicare reimbursement for care providers using telehealth to treat seniors at home.

Babylon Health and Rwanda partner to provide digital healthcare for all
Taarifa ~ Staff writer ~ 04/03/2020

All Rwandans will be able to access quality digital healthcare services mostly via their mobile phones. Over time, Babyl’s digital platform will compile electronic medical records (EMRs) of a large proportion of the Rwandan population.

Quest Diagnostics to start coronavirus testing Monday
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 05/03/2020

The diagnostics information company made the announcement as the virus has rapidly spread across the world, and the administration's response has received widespread criticism.

Congress waives telehealth restrictions for coronavirus screening
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 05/03/2020

American Telemedicine Association cheers the $8 billion emergency funding legislation, which it says will expand the toolkits of healthcare professionals working to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hospitals turn to technology to combat coronavirus
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 04/03/2020

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that hospitals ensure they have enough protective equipment for staff and use telehealth tools with patients who can be cared for at home.

SweynTooth' cyber flaws could affect medical devices
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 04/03/2020

Federal regulators say a recently identified group of cybersecurity vulnerabilities dubbed "SweynTooth" could pose risks to certain internet of things devices, including wearable health gear and medical devices, as well as "smart home" products from vendors who utilize Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE, wireless communication technology.

AI may help spot newborns at risk for most severe form of blinding disease
eHealth ~ Staff writer ~ 04/03/2020

An artificial intelligence (AI) device that has been fast-tracked for approval by the Food and Drug Administration may help identify newborns at risk for aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity (AP-ROP).

Ontario announces online mental health program
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 04/03/2020

The program will include internet-based modules, personal workbooks, telephone coaching and online clinical counseling, as well as face-to-face, group and individual therapy.

Connected Nottinghamshire launches digital ‘front door’ for local services
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 03/03/2020

This creates a single “front door” to local digital health and care services by enabling the public to securely connect NHS login to their personal health record data. It also means they can access the same PHR data inside the NHS App interface.

New mothers expect digital interactions with doctors, still a lot of confusion around term digital health
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 03/03/2020

The report found that nearly half of new and pregnant patients expected to interact with their doctors digitally (47%). However, only 27% of those survey-takers said they are familiar with the term "digital health."

Amazon, Intel, Cisco and Salesforce back out of health-tech conference HIMSS due to coronavirus
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 03/03/2020

HIMSS, which is scheduled to begin on March 9, made the decision not to cancel the conference altogether, even as other big conferences are shuttering.

Amazon Alexa now using First Databank drug information to answer med questions
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 03/03/2020

A subset of FDB’s drug information, used for more than 40 years by healthcare professionals, now can be accessed by consumers from any Alexa-enabled device.

Walgreens mobile app exposed health-related messages
Information Security Media Group ~ Jeremy Kirk ~ 02/03/2020

The mobile app of U.S. pharmaceutical retailer Walgreens inadvertently disclosed personal messages to other customers due to an internal application error, revealing some health-related information.

President Trump plans to speak at HIMSS20 to address interoperability
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 02/03/2020

President Donald Trump will attend the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference next week.

VA bumps back go-live date for EHR to July
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 29/02/2020

In a month of many setbacks for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ effort to implement a new health record system, the agency bumped back the go-live date for the sprawling project.

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