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International health IT week in review: January 21

21 January 2024
By Kate McDonald
Image: iStock

DAX Copilot, Palantir and the UK’s FDP, billing for asynchronous consults, Epic Showroom, COVID-19 testing platform leak, gen AI ‘impossible’ without copyrighted material, drop in digital health funding in 2023, Apple Watch back on sale, Denmark’s health tech industry

Vanderbilt piloting Nuance DAX Copilot, testing other genAI use cases

Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 08/01/2024

VUMC says it has enlisted 10 physicians to use and assess Nuance’s DAX Copilot system, which can help automate the creation of clinical notes and reduce the administrative burden of charting in the electronic health record.

NHSE to investigate Palantir for possible breach of FDP contract

Digital Health News ~ Andrea Chipman ~ 08/01/2024

NHS England (NHSE) will investigate whether US data analytics giant Palantir violated the terms of its contract to run the Federated Data Platform (FDP) by launching a covert influencer campaign targeting legal transparency non-profit Good Law Project.

More health systems are billing for electronic patient-provider messages, study shows

FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 11/01/2024

Charges for electronic, asynchronous clinician-patient messaging — or e-visits — have persisted in the wake of an early-2020 spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Denmark is a hotbed for healthtech startups and innovation ~ Cate Lawrence ~ 16/01/2024

According to data platform Dealroom, in 2023, Danish healthtech startups raised a staggering $835 million in 2023, marking an 11 percent increase from the previous record in 2021.

Epic launches new ‘Showroom’ website for 3rd-party apps, services

FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 18/01/2024

As part of an initiative teased last summer, Epic officially launched this week new third-party vendor programs to connect health tech companies with health systems and providers.

Leaked COVID tests expose sensitive patient data

Cybernews ~ Vilius Petkauskaus ~ 16/01/2023

The COVID-19 testing platform,, has exposed a database containing 11.8 million patient records, including COVID-19 certificates, test records, passport numbers, and other sensitive details.

Cloud vendor returns stolen hospital data

Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 15/01/2024

A cloud services firm has turned over to a New York hospital alliance the patient data stolen in an August ransomware attack by the notorious LockBit gang.

OpenAI: gen AI ‘impossible’ without copyrighted material

Healthcare Info Security ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 09/01/2024

ChatGPT maker OpenAI acknowledged that it would be “impossible” to develop generative artificial intelligence systems without using copyrighted material.

JPM24: Digital health funding hit $10.7B in 2023, the lowest in four years

FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 08/01/2024

As many investors predicted, digital health funding took a dive in 2023 with startups bringing in $10.7 billion across 492 deals, representing the lowest amount of capital invested in the digital health sector since 2019.

Apple Watch back on sale after dramatic ban paused

Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 03/01/2024

The ban had been the result of a dispute with Masimo, a health technology company that claimed Apple had infringed its patents related to pulse oximetry sensors, which measure the amount of oxygen in the blood.

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