International health IT week in review: December 13

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 13: Free PHR for Android, Palantir's Tiberius Covax monitor, 10 big health data breaches, Google's health research app, AliveCor sues Apple over ECG, Apple wins blood pressure monitor patent, facility-level COVID data, Watson Assistant and COVID messages, risks of EMRs

The Commons Project's free personal health record for Android now supported by 230 health systems
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 07/12/2020

Called CommonHealth, the platform is designed as an alternative to Apple's Health Records for those without an iPhone.

The 10 biggest healthcare data breaches of 2020
Health IT Security ~ Jessica Davis ~ 10/12/2020

Much like in 2019, the biggest healthcare data breach of 2020 was caused by a third-party vendor, while ransomware and other risks dominated the threat landscape.

States push back on Trump admin's request for COVID-19 vaccine patient data
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 10/12/2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partnered with data-mining firm Palantir earlier this fall to develop a system to track the manufacture, distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Google's new research app shows participants how their data is driving health insights
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 09/12/2020

The Google Health Studies platform is already enrolling Android users in a 100,000-person investigation of acute respiratory illnesses, conducted alongside Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers.

What the pandemic means for health care’s digital transformation
Harvard Business Review ~ John Glaser ~ 04/12/2020

Care providers must understand the ramifications for their digital health function and agenda, and how information technology can address the challenges and opportunities of their “new normal.”

Mobile ECG device firm AliveCor sues Apple for alleged patent infringement
Apple Insider ~ Mike Peterson ~ 08/12/2020

Medical device company AliveCor has levied a lawsuit against Apple alleging that the Apple Watch electrocardiogram feature infringes on a trio of its patents.

Apple wins major blood pressure monitoring feature for a future Apple Watch
Patently Apple ~ Staff writer ~ 08/12/2020

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a major patent regarding a future Apple Watch feature that could monitor the blood pressure of a user.

HHS releases facility-level data on COVID-19 hospital capacity
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 08/12/2020

The pandemic’s impact will be shown on a per-hospital basis, enabling researchers, policymakers and others to have greater insights into local healthcare response efforts.

Conversational technologies can be rapidly deployed for pandemic response
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 04/12/2020

A new JAMIA study found that more than 6 million messages related to COVID-19 were sent using the Watson Assistant platform between March 30 and August 10 of this year.

Electronic health records: spotlighting risks
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 04/12/2020

In one recent incident, information on thousands of patients was apparently left exposed in an unsecured cloud server. And in another, critical security vulnerabilities in an open-source EHR system put patients' data at risk.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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