International health IT week in review: September 27

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 27: FDA's centre of digital health excellence, €3b for German EHRs, £35 for NHS contact tracing apps, COVID-19 case rates on Google Maps, information blocking, five-year sentence for Dark Overlord hacker, UK GPs provide data on COVID-19 through EMIS, Babylon escapes data breach punishment

FDA establishes Digital Health Center of Excellence
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 22/09/2020

The center is intended to help the agency reimagine digital health oversight, advance best practices within the industry, provide technological advice when needed and generally serve as the quarterback for digital health-focused initiatives within the agency.


German hospitals to get €3 billion funding boost for digitalisation
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 22/09/2020

Germany aims to bring in electronic health records (EHRs) for its 73 million patients with statutory insurance by 2021.


Google Maps will soon display local COVID-19 case rates and trends
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 24/09/2020

The tech company said that it will be pulling its new case and trend data from sources such as Johns Hopkins, the New York Times and Wikipedia.


Babylon to face ‘no further action’ for data breach of GP at Hand
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 23/09/2020

Babylon Health will face “no further action” for a data breach that allowed a user of it’s GP app to access video recordings of other patients’ consultations.


As deadline approaches, will HHS face pressure to push back information blocking rules?
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 25/09/2020

In November, healthcare providers will be required to promote interoperability and give patients access to their health information. Electronic health record systems must also be able to integrate with third-party software through standard APIs.


Total cost of NHS contact-tracing app set to top £35 million
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/09/2020

Some £25 million is expected to be spent this financial year on the new app, due to launch on Thursday, while a further £10 million was spent developing the original operating model that was abandoned in June.


Dark Overlord' hacker sentenced to 5-year prison term
Information Security Media Group ~ Chinmay Rautmare ~ 22/09/2020

Members of the hacking group obtained sensitive data, such as patient medical records and personally identifiable information, from victim organizations and then threatened to release the information if victims did not pay a ransom of $75,000 to $350,000 in bitcoin, prosecutors say.


More than 1,700 GP practices contribute data for Covid-19 research
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/09/2020

The data, which has already led to published research on Covid-19 risk factors, has come from a daily pseudonymised feed from participating practices provided by EMIS since July.


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