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• The HHS publishes a proposed rule that will give providers greater access to the medical records of patients seeking treatment for addiction while ensuring privacy guardrails stay in place.
• Facing pressure from the American Optometric Association and the FDA, Visibly recalls its online vision screening test over lack of FDA marketing approval, and concerns with safety and efficacy.
• An Oklahoma state judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson fed the state's opioid addiction crisis with aggressive marketing and sales, ordering the company to pay $572 million to the state.
• The California legislature passes a financial transparency bill aimed at Kaiser that would force each of the health system's facilities to disclose its profits.
• Bayada Home Health Care will acquire fellow home health provider Visiting Nurse Association Health Group as the organization looks to grow its partnerships with hospitals and health systems.
• Israel-based healthcare data analytics vendor MDClone raises $26 million in a Series B funding round, increasing its total to $41 million.
• Late last week New York City-based startup Enable My Child, a virtual pediatric therapy platform, announced a $1.2 million seed funding raise in a new round led by CMI Ventures.
• New York-based JLL Partners and Chicago-based Water Street Healthcare Partners said Tuesday that they had acquired virtual research firm Thread, based in Tustin, California.
• At VMworld in San Francisco, VMware introduced a new set of services for managing virtual machines and containers in a single view.
• Apple Health Records is now available to Allscripts Sunrise, TouchWorks and Professional EHR clients and their patients, according to an August 22nd news release.
• The eHealth Exchange, the oldest and largest nationwide health information network connecting the public and private sectors, has officially launched its new gateway technology that aims to simplify connectivity for its participants via a single connection to the nation.
• Nuance Communications announced it has developed an artificial intelligence-based platform, the Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) solution, to help surgeons with documentation before and after operations.
• Google pulled an Android app with 100 million users from the Google Play store. CamScanner, a popular app used to scan PDF documents, was reportedly spreading malware.
• Employees of healthcare organizations in the U.S. and Canada are lacking cybersecurity education and awareness in three main areas, including regulation, policy and training according to a new report from Kaspersky, "Cyber Pulse: The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Part 2."
• Apple has fixed a security flaw for a second time after it accidentally reintroduced an old bug in a recent software update. Apple said it fixed a kernel vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to execute code on an iPhone or iPad with the highest level of privileges.
• Five semifinalists have been named in an innovation challenge designed to spur creativity in the social determinants of health (SDOH) technology environment.
• The results of Kaufman Hall's 2019 Healthcare Consumerism Index highlight the challenges that legacy healthcare providers face in trying to grasp a firm handhold on the ever-rising bar of consumer needs and expectations.
• MGMA survey-takers report that patient portals, automated appointment reminder systems, check-in technologies, telemedicine, digital payment options, and analytics have had the biggest impact on their workflows and engagement with patients.
• Researchers find that AI can accurately predict age and sex from ECGs which are now known to contain information that we don’t fully understand that might be useful in diagnosis.
• Three practice transformation networks have announced the results of a four-year effort as part of the largest quality improvement effort ever underway in California.