International health IT week in review: August 30

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 30: FHIR interoperability mandate, medical interoperability gateway, Amazon's wearable health tracker, Fitbit advanced health smartwatch, PHI in medical images, video monitors for COVID, patient-initiated follow-ups, VA's $16b EHR begins, telehealth billing rorts

Payers are working to meet deadline for interoperability mandate
Healthcare Finance ~ Susan Morse ~ 21/08/2020

The majority of health plans say they do not feel ready to meet the new FHIR interoperability standards mandated by CMS.


Medical Interoperability Gateway extended to urgent care staff in London
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 26/08/2020

The MIG, from Healthcare Gateway, provides a real-time view of the GP records of around eight million patients, following an initiative to grow its use across the capital.


Amazon releases wearable health tracker with app called Amazon Halo
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 27/08/2020

The Halo app uses five health metrics designed to give users a comprehensive look at their health and wellness, and gives actionable recommendations to make improvements.


Hidden' PHI in medical images poses risks
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 26/08/2020

Patient identifiers embedded in medical images used for online presentations are at risk of inadvertent discovery by advanced web-crawling technologies in search engines, three radiology associations warn.


Video tech helps monitor COVID in-patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 26/08/2020

A fast implementation of the new technology was possible as the system was originally planned to serve a different purpose – monitoring patients at a high risk of falls.


Fitbit unveils new smartwatch with ECG app, stress management features
MobiHealthNews ~ Mallory Hackett ~ 25/08/2020

The Fitbit Sense marks the company’s first “advanced health” smartwatch, including an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor, an electrocardiogram app, a heart rate tracker and an on-wrist skin temperature sensor with more than six days of battery life.


Ensure support for digital based patient-initiated follow ups, experts say
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 25/08/2020

It comes as new guidance issued by NHS England on phase three of the health service’s response to Covid-19 recommended the use of patient-initiated follow-up (PIFU) processes in secondary care.


First component of VA EHR modernization goes live in Ohio
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 24/08/2020

In a first step for its long-planned, decade-long, $16 billion Electronic Health Record Modernization program, the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs announced today that it has gone live with a scheduling tool that will, eventually, find its way into VA facilities across the country.


Humana files suit against telehealth company QuivvyTech over millions in alleged false claims
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 24/08/2020

QuivvyTech telemarketers would cold-call Humana members and ask them questions about common ailments. They would then wire that information to physicians who were in the scheme to secure prescriptions for pricey, unneeded creams.


Barts clinicians develop programme for long-lasting Covid-19 symptoms
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 20/08/2020

The tool is an additional aid that complements the existing rehab pathway and patients who do not have access to a smart device will continue to receive traditional printed rehab plans and follow-up.


Posted in Australian eHealth

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