International health IT week in review: June 6

Babylon to list on Nasdaq, EU launches digital identity wallet, Fujifilm hack shuts down systems, NHS new GP data sharing scheme, LinkedIn for doctors to list, Biden’s budget for health IT, WhatsApp for vax bookings, FDA regulations on AI

Babylon to go public in $4.2B blank-check deal
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 03/06/2021

London-based Babylon still has the largest presence in the U.K., where it has multiple contracts with the National Health Service.

Digital health player Babylon Health to go public via $4.2B merger with blank check company
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 03/06/2021

The London-based health tech startup plans to become a public company through a $4.2 billion merger with Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp., led by Groupon’s ex-chief executive officer Rich Williams and former chief operating officer Steve Krenzer.

EU launches digital identity wallet driven by pandemic, digital push
Reuters ~ Foo Yun Chee ~ 04/06/2021

The European Commission announced plans on Thursday for a digital identity wallet to allow Europeans to access public and private services via their mobile phone as the Covid-19 pandemic underscored the need for user-friendly online services.

Potential ransomware attack: Fujifilm shuts down systems, warns partners worldwide
New Zealand Herald ~ Chris Keall ~ 03/06/2021

The multinational is best known as a maker of cameras and film - and more, recently, kiosks in malls and pharmacies for DIY digital photo printing - but also makes high tech medical gear including devices for rapid processing of Covid-19 tests.

Privacy fears over NHS plans to share GP medical records with third parties
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 02/06/2021

The data will only be used for health and care planning and research purposes, by organisations which can show they have an appropriate legal basis and a legitimate need to use it.

How we can avoid the 'telehealth cliff'
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 02/06/2021

Advocates at the American Telemedicine Association's annual conference warned that Congress must act to safeguard telehealth access before the public health emergency ends.

Doximity carves out a portion of IPO for physician users
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 01/06/2021

Doximity, the “LinkedIn for physicians,” is preparing for an IPO. In an unusual move, it’s setting aside a portion of its shares for some of its users.

Biden's $6T budget includes cybersecurity, broadband infrastructure
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 01/06/2021

It would put $6.5 billion toward the creation of an agency tasked with federal research and development geared toward healthcare innovation, and includes a $25 million raise for ONC.

Dubai introduces WhatsApp vaccine appointment bookings
Healthcare IT News ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 01/06/2021

Residents can now book via telephone, smartphone app, or this new service. The UAE currently has one of the highest immunisation rates in the world.

Data breach culprits: phishing and ransomware dominate
Healthcare Info Security ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 01/06/2021

Phishing, ransomware and unauthorized access continue to be the leading cyber causes of violations of data protection rules and personal data breaches, Britain's privacy watchdog reports.

FDA faces big questions as it takes a closer look at AI regulations
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 31/05/2021

An action plan shared by the FDA earlier this year showed how the regulator is thinking about future regulations for AI and machine learning in healthcare.

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