Vulnerability found in Philips' EMR puts patient data at risk & 18 other health IT notes

Mackenzie Garrity - Print  | 

Here's the latest roundup of stories about 19 health information technology companies, including Google, IBM, Microsoft and Apple.

1. Google announced the 20 winners of its AI Impact Challenge on May 7, including seven projects focused specifically on improving public health through the use of artificial intelligence.

2. Amid ongoing federal, state, private and internal investigations into genomic testing startup uBiome's billing practices, Federal Trade Commission records show that dozens of customers filed complaints about the company in recent months.

3. Google is developing a deep learning model that can detect early-stage lung cancer in CT scans up to a year before a trained radiologist's diagnosis.

4. EHR vendor Practice Fusion, a subsidiary of Allscripts, received a grand jury subpoena in March in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation.

5. Starbucks will implement Microsoft's Azure Blockchain Service, which was launched last week, to track coffee production.

6. Syniverse and IBM teamed up to develop an open-source blockchain network that aims to validate wholesale billing and charging processes.

7. Apple will release new health features for the Apple Watch as part of its software strategy update at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., which begins June 3.

8. IBM Watson Health Imaging's Patient Synopsis went live at Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown, Ky., on May 6, making the health system the first to implement the artificial intelligence-powered software.

9. Touchstone Medical Imaging has agreed to pay $3 million to the Office for Civil Rights at HHS to settle allegations that the medical imaging provider violated HIPAA.

10. Genomics startup uBiome announced that it is temporarily halting clinical operations and refunding any pending out-of-pocket payments in an email sent to customers on May 6.

11. With a big investment from Berkshire Hathaway's CEO and chairman Warren Buffett, Apple's CEO Tim Cook said the company is no longer a technology company.

12. Though Facebook has not been as vocal as other tech giants about its forays into healthcare, Freddy Abnousi, MD, the social media platform's head of health research, recently discussed how Facebook's 15 years' worth of data can be used for innovation and analysis in healthcare.

13. After genomics startup uBiome's San Francisco headquarters was raided by the FBI as part of an investigation into its billing practices, patients and company insiders have come forward to discuss those practices.

14. Allscripts posted $286 million in bookings for the first quarter of 2019, up 9 percent year over year.

15. JPMorgan Chase has tapped Microsoft to help it expand its blockchain platform, aiming to make it easier for companies to develop and deploy blockchain applications.

16. Health information technology company CPSI reported $69 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2019, down 1 percent year over year.

17. The Department of Homeland Security and Philips issued an alert April 30 that the information technology vendor's EMR system Tasy has a cross-site scripting vulnerability that could put patient information at risk.

18. Fitbit's new devices contributed to more than half of the company's revenue for the first quarter of 2019, which increased 10 percent year over year.

19. Apple reported a 5 percent decrease in revenue for the second quarter of 2019, but revenue from the company's wearables, home and accessories category rose year over year.

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