This week's highlights: the FDA gives emergency use authorization for US hospitals to use an AI-powered COVID-19 patient deterioration early warning tool, Doximity acquires healthcare staffing company Thmed, and a recent 451 Research report predicted voice assistants could become top investment choices for organizations.
• The CMS is encouraging healthcare organizations to reopen facilities for nonemergency care and released a new set of guidelines and considerations for them to follow.
• U.S. House legislators introduced new legislation this week that would provide for permanent Medicare payments for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.
• The Food and Drug Administration has revoked its emergency use authorization for the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19. After reviewing the current research available on the drugs, the FDA determined that they do not meet "the statutory criteria" for emergency use authorization as they are unlikely to be effective.
• The FDA gives emergency use authorization for US hospitals to use an AI-powered COVID-19 patient deterioration early warning tool that was developed by Israel-based tele-ICU platform vendor CLEW.
• IBM has agreed to purchase early-stage cybersecurity vendor Spanugo to fulfill the compliance and protection needs of clients in highly regulated industries. This is the fifth acquisition of a cloud security posture management firm since the start of 2019.
• Ambulatory health IT company MTBC acquires EHR, RCM, and practice management vendor Meridian Medical Management, a former GE Healthcare company, for an undisclosed sum.
• Professional medical network Doximity acquires healthcare staffing company Thmed, which will rebrand to Curative as part of the deal.
• Surveillance solutions firm D-Link has announced the launch of a group temperature screening camera which can monitor up to 30 people at a time simultaneously.
• Wolters Kluwer Health and Nuance Communications have joined forces to enable clinicians with easier-access evidence-based clinical-decision support via Nuance Dragon Medical One's voice-assistant capabilities.
• Apple released updates to its COVID-19 app and website June 9th that allow users to anonymously share information with the CDC, according to Business Insider.
• NextGate’s identity-matching EMPI solution is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
• Personal information of police officers in departments nationwide is being leaked online, according to an unclassified intelligence document from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
• The FBI warned that malicious cyber actors were targeting mobile banking apps in an attempt to steal money as more Americans have moved to online banking during the coronavirus pandemic.
• IBM Security released new data examining the top challenges and threats impacting cloud security, indicating security in the cloud remains challenged by complexity and shadow IT.
• Researchers identify 12 malware-distributing Android apps that were disguised to look like COVID-19 contact tracing apps issued by the governments of Brazil, Italy, Russia, Singapore, and other countries.
• Patient portals have helped increase patients' access to their healthcare data and clinical notes, but the technology has also shined a light on errors made in their medical records, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
• A recent 451 Research report predicted voice assistants and other contactless interfaces could become top investment choices for organizations, with the wide-spread adoption of voice user interfaces, intelligent assistants and biometric authentication in post-COVID-19 workplaces.
• A study finds that the rate and completeness of public health disease reporting by hospitals, practices, and labs improves when using HIE-generated, pre-populated forms instead of filling out and faxing paper forms.
• Navin, Haffty & Associates published their June newsletter which includes the results of a COVID-19 readership survey, a review of the Cures Act implications for hospitals and clinics, updates on client engagements and a calendar of upcoming events and webinars.
• The widely available steroid drug dexamethasone may be key in helping to treat the sickest COVID-19 patients who require ventilation or oxygen, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.
• The HHS will run out of its free supply of remdesivir by the end of this month as Gilead tries to ramp up production of the antiviral, whose modest benefit to hospitalized COVID-19 patients was enough to convince the HHS to distribute it to some hospitals.
• A deadly mosquito-borne illness is brewing in the Northeast. EEE kills almost half of its victims, and cases are on the rise.