Citing patient privacy concerns, Epic CEO Judy Faulkner urges leaders at some of the company’s largest hospital customers to sign a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar protesting the proposed interoperability rule published last year. Faulkner emphasizes the urgency with which the letter must be signed, saying there’s “[v]ery little time” and that the final rule may be published the first week of February.
The timing of the letter is odd, given that the proposed rule, which seeks to prevent information-blocking and give patients easier access to their data, was published early last year. Perhaps the company is trying to take advantage of decision-makers and media convening at ONC’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, which kicks off in a few days.
From Tom Jackson: “Re: Epic’s info-blocking. Think about it – the big 2-3 EHR vendors are going to use the ‘security’ (fear/doubt) angle for ever to try and keep the oligopoly and ‘money printer’ they have today. This is a very expected play. They also know the architecture of what they’ve built is archaic and if the market opens up, apps/innovation will take over the provider and even patient user experience pretty rapidly. Just do a google search and look at the 1990s user interfaces that the big 2-3 still use today! Btw, the gigabytes of data we voluntarily expose each day is significantly more than the amount of healthcare data we obsessively try and protect.”
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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Consumer DNA testing company 23andMe lays off 100 employees as it struggles with declining sales. CEO Anne Wojcicki has attributed the decline to recessionary fears and data privacy concerns. She hired 23andMe’s first chief security officer earlier this week.
- Partners HealthCare in Boston selects Clinical Architecture’s data quality and content management software.
- In England, Babylon Health signs a 10-year agreement with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to develop an app that will offer the city’s 300,000 residents diagnoses, virtual care, and monitoring of chronic conditions; plus appointment booking, prescription refills, and other care management capabilities.
- Roundtrip selects health data exchange capabilities from Redox to better integrate its patient ride-sharing software with EHRs.
Care communication software vendor TigerConnect names Tim Goodwin (Vacasa) CTO.
Cerner VP of Strategic Growth Amanda Adkins steps down to focus on her campaign for the 3rd congressional district in Kansas.
Announcements and Implementations
Huntington Hospital (CA) deploys AI-enabled, stroke-detection software from Viz.ai.
UI Health (IL) goes live with managed services from HCTec.
Privacy and Security
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) calls on the Defense Health Agency to look into lax data practices at three Army facilities that have left the medical images of over 9,000 military patients exposed online. German cybersecurity experts discovered the unsecured PACS last year. DHA CIO Patrick Flanders believes the images were stored on servers belonging to private companies doing business with the DoD: “What’s happened is DoD has either shared its data with a commercial entity that failed to follow security procedures or individual patients have gone to hospitals and gotten their record … when you are referred to private practice … you go get it, and it’s uploaded into the commercial world and it’s susceptible.”
China suspends transportation in and out of three cities in an effort to contain the coronavirus, which has infected more than 500 people and killed 17. One US citizen in Washington has been diagnosed with the virus so far, prompting his caregivers at Providence Health & Services to add travel and screening alerts to their Epic system. NYC Health + Hospitals is making similar adjustments to its Epic EHR in anticipation of travelers arriving for Chinese New Year celebrations.
Bloomin’ Babies Birth Center in Colorado pilots the Mayo Clinic’s Nest West virtual care program, which offers expectant mothers the option of having four to seven of the typical 12 to 14 prenatal appointments virtually. Patients take readings at home using borrowed tools like digital blood pressure cuffs and bathroom scales, and then share those readings with nurses via telemedicine software provided by Doxy.Me. Birth Center staff have high hopes for the virtual visits, given that 14% of their patients drive over an hour – sometimes in harsh winter conditions – to make their appointments.
- Elsevier will organize a new conference, AI and Big Data in Cancer: From Innovation to Impact, March 29-31 in Boston.
- Ensocare will exhibit at the 2020 Patient Flow Management Summit January 30-31 in Las Vegas.
- Healthcare Growth Partners publishes its “Semi-Annual Health IT Market Review.”
- InterSystems releases a new podcast, “Jim Collins: An Authentic Approach to Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.”
- Health Catalyst becomes the first healthcare member of the Partnership on AI.
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- 4 tips for managing information overload at work (Google Cloud)
- What is Healthcare Digital Transformation? (The HCI Group)
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- Can We Talk? The Importance of Vital Conversations in Health Care (Healthwise)
- 6 enterprise technology trends that will drive growth in 2020 (Hyland)
- 2020 ONC Annual Meeting to Highlight Social Determinants of Health (Imat Solutions)
- Healthcare Technology Trends for 2020 (and Beyond) (Impact Advisors)
- The problems with relying on passive mobile device security (Imprivata)
- Why I brought an all-female team to the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference (Intelligent Medical Objects)
- 2019 Year End Review: Top Patient Access Resources (Kyruus)
- Tips for a Successful Soft Go-Live (Optimum Healthcare IT)
- A New Standard in Patient Safety: Automated Bedside Monitoring (Capsule Technologies)