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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 21 September, 2019.

Here are a few I came across last week.
Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.
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Google and others ‘not interested in electronic patient record market’

Google Cloud’s executive advisor has reaffirmed that Google and other major tech companies are not interested in entering the electronic patient record (EPR) market.
Owen Hughes, 12 September, 2019
Toby Cosgrove, former president and CEO of the US’s Cleveland Clinic turned Google health and care advisor, said that heavy investment in clinical IT systems safeguarded EPR suppliers against any hypothetical offering put forward by Google, IBM and other major software firms.
Instead, Cosgrove said Google was focusing its attention on where it could apply its current strengths within the healthcare system, particularly its search engine.
Speaking at the Intelligent Health conference in Basel in 12 September, Cosgrove said: “There’s not been discussions going on, with IBM and Google, around whether or not they should do a new electronic medical record.
“Quite frankly I think it’s too late because across world, everyone is invested heavily in their EMR systems –  both in the cost of equipment and training of people who use them.
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Unlocking the power and potential of genomic technology

Genomic technology could have the potential to lead to quicker diagnosis and tailored treatment. In an exclusive op-ed for Digital Health News, Baroness Nicola Blackwood, the parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care, explores this potential and what it could mean for the NHS.
DHI News Team – 12 September, 2019
The human genome is an extraordinary thing. It is the blueprint for how we come into existence, live and experience the world, and ultimately die. And each genome is unique – your personal manual for your life on earth. It contains vast quantities of information, each one with enough data to fill a computer, containing information about us that we could not have dreamed of deciphering even thirty years ago.
It is this combination of individuality and richness of data that makes genomics so powerful. By understanding the genome, on both an individual and population level, we can begin to unlock some of the fundamental questions about our health. From predicting risk of disease, to diagnosing illness before symptoms occur, to tailoring treatments to individual patients, genomics opens up huge opportunities to change the way we think about illness and treatment. Put simply, the future of personalised healthcare lies in the genome.
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‘Startling advances’ in natural language processing will ease paper burden

 “Startling advances” in natural language processing technology promise to ease the overwhelming burden of paperwork faced by doctors, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of healthcare has said.
Owen Hughes – 11 September 2019
Speaking at the Intelligent Health conference in Basel, Switzerland, Dr Peter Lee discussed how machine learning models for consumer-facing translation products were being reconfigured into ‘intelligent scribes’ for healthcare professionals.
He labelled this a “beautiful concept” that had been enabled by the “very rapidly improving fidelity” of machine learning models.
Speaking on 11 September, Dr Lee said: “There have been startling advances in natural language processing…We have been tuning these models that are commercial natural language processing and machine learning translation products for biomedical and healthcare applications.
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7 new tech devices for elder care that help seniors live happier, healthier lives

  • New devices that use VR, robotics and other technologies have hit the market that help the elderly live longer, healthier lives.These innovations include VR headsets for seniors with Alzheimer’s and cloud-enabled fall detection watches.
  • The active-aging industry in the U.S. — which includes safety and smart-living technologies, health and remote care, and wellness and fitness technologies — is expected to triple in the next three years, to nearly $30 billion.
Those ages 50 and older in the U.S. generate $7.6 trillion in economic activity, according to AARP, representing a huge financial force. That trend will grow as the number of older adults more than doubles by 2050, representing over 20% of the population.
As these boomers age, they want to do so actively, gracefully and independently. Technology is being viewed as the big disruptor that will allow them to achieve those goals. And that’s presenting a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs developing these types of products.
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Global cyber losses expected to hit $6 trillion by 2021 – report