International health IT week in review: February 11

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 11:

NHS to offer Skype consultations for new mums affected by mental ill health
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 08/02/2018

New mums who experience mental ill health are to be given access to consultations through Skype as part of further new investment in perinatal mental healthcare.

Tennessee Hospital’s EHR hacked by cryptocurrency malware
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 09/02/2018

Decatur County General Hospital, a 40-bed hospital located in Parsons, Tennessee, has informed its patients about a security incident in which is electronic medical record (EMR) system was hacked, affecting 24,000 patients’ records.

How University of Utah Health uses IT to treat sepsis faster
Health Data Management ~ Andrew Mellin ~ 08/02/2018

A recent success story illustrates the power of IT and a coordinated plan to deal with sepsis at University of Utah Health.

Senate budget agreement includes telehealth expansion and Meaningful Use reform
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 08/02/2018

A two-year bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate leaders on Wednesday includes provisions to expand telehealth coverage and scale back Meaningful Use regulations.

Leeds credits ‘dramatic’ improvement in patient visibility to Scan4Safety
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 07/02/2018

Barcode technology means patient location can now be tracked in near real-time at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, its associate director of commercial and procurement said.

NHS trusts fail post-WannaCry cyber security checks
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 07/02/2018

Every NHS trust that has been tested against cyber security standards since 2017’s WannaCry attack has failed, NHS Digital has revealed, as the CQC revealed plans for surprise inspections on hospitals.

Groups say FDA draft guidance on decision support software needs work
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/02/2018

The Food and Drug Administration’s draft guidance regarding clinical decision support software is getting poor reviews from stakeholder groups that contend that the regulatory agency still has a lot of work to do, according to comments provided this week to the FDA.

BC takes charge of Nanaimo EMR project
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 07/02/2018

B.C.’s health minister has stripped Vancouver Island’s health authority of decision-making power over a troubled electronic health records project in Nanaimo, after an external report was sharply critical of the authority’s management of the project.

Cardiogram's DeepHeart detects diabetes through smartwatches
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 06/02/2018

A new study from Cardiogram suggests that ordinary wearables like Fitbit and Apple watches can detect diabetes and other medical conditions when integrated with Cardiogram’s DeepHeart app.

NAO report reveals medical documents backlog has hit 374,000
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 06/02/2018

A backlog of 374,000 clinical documents which included more than 1,800 high priority items were not redirected as they should have been, a report has revealed.

Partners Healthcare notifies 2,600 patients after malware attack
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 06/02/2018

A total of 2,600 patients may have had medical or personal information compromised in a May 2017 malware attack of Partners Healthcare, which the organization only recently disclosed.

24 percent of physicians fail to identify phishing emails
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 05/02/2018

A recent survey found that doctors were three times worse at identifying phishing emails than their non-physician counterparts, such office workers (24 percent compared to 8 percent).

Number of patient records compromised by data breaches dropped 80% in 2017
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 02/02/2018

Healthcare data breaches continued to climb in 2017, but the number of affected patient records declined 80% as the industry managed to avoid a large-scale attack.

Heart Study app could be Apple's first FDA-cleared product
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 01/02/2018

The Apple Heart Study – which began enrollment at the end of November – has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection.

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