International health IT week in review: June 5

Oracle’s $28b purchase of Cerner, OpenEHR and FHIR, Estonia’s ePrescription system, hackers in failed attack on children’s hospital, faulty pulse oximetry readings and ethnicity, variations in LOINC code adoption, app over meds for insomnia, FDA’s medical device security rules

Oracle gains antitrust approvals for $28b purchase of EHR vendor Cerner
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 02/06/2022

Oracle’s Autonomous Database will modernize Cerner’s systems and move them to Oracle’s next-generation cloud, according to Mike Sicilia, Oracle executive vice president of industries.

Interoperability with open standards: let’s kindle a discussion about FHIR
Digital Health News ~ Vivek Krishnan ~ 01/06/2022

There’s no doubt that OpenEHR and FHIR will both have a role to play, however, the UK seems to be focusing on OpenEHR – when FHIR has a lot to offer trusts and suppliers.

How Estonia has become a pioneer in e-Prescription
Euronews ~ Claudio Rosmino ~ 02/06/2022

The country has set up an online service that allows patients to pick up medication at a pharmacy without a printed prescription.

FBI: hospital averted 'despicable' Iranian cyberattack
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 02/06/2022

Boston Children's Hospital thwarted a cyberattack by government-backed Iranian hackers last summer after U.S. authorities received intelligence about the pending assault and alerted the hospital, says FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Faulty pulse oximetry readings delayed COVID-19 care for minority groups
mHealth Intelligence ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 01/06/2022

Due to inaccurate pulse oximetry measurements, Black and Hispanic patients were less likely to be recognized as eligible for COVID-19 treatment than white patients, a new study shows.

VA faces EHR oversight as Senate passes bill to Biden
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 01/06/2022

The aim of the legislation is to require more clarity, transparency and accountability around the Veterans Affairs department's ongoing Electronic Health Record Modernization program, which has faced a rocky rollout thus far.

Variation in LOINC code adoption impedes lab data interoperability
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 31/05/2022

Researchers compared gaps and similarities between diagnostic test manufacturers’ recommended LOINC codes for 331 tests and the LOINC codes used in five medical center laboratories for the same tests.

NICE recommends insomnia app as an alternative to medication
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 27/05/2022

The committee concluded that Sleepio is more effective than conventional treatment options (sleep hygiene and medication) in reducing symptoms of insomnia in adults.

Why FDA's medical device cyber recommendations 'have teeth'
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 27/05/2022

The inclusion of a new secure product development framework for manufacturers is a significant addition to recently updated Food and Drug Administration draft guidance for the cybersecurity of premarket medical devices.

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