International health IT week in review: May 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 20: VA signs $10bn contract with Cerner, VA blasted for dodgy CIO, NHS aims for HIMSS level 7, Amazon-JPM-Berkshire delay, CT and ECG vulnerabilities, patient access to info stymied, open source imaging, MHS Genesis “riddled with errors”

VA finally pulls trigger and awards Cerner $10B EHR contract
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/05/2018

After nearly a year of negotiations with Cerner, the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday finally awarded the vendor a $10 billion electronic health record modernization contract to replace the VA’s decades-old legacy EHR system.

England to get first HIMSS 7 hospitals before year’s end
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 17/05/2018

NHS England will have its first HIMSS Stage 7 hospitals by the end of 2018, Will Smart has said, as he laid out his vision to offer ‘comprehensive, longitudinal care records’ for all 55 million English citizens within the next five years.

Amazon-JPM-Berkshire healthcare initiative is having a tough time finding a CEO
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 17/05/2018

The healthcare-related partnership between three renowned entities — Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway — is encountering some challenges when it comes to finding a leader, according to CNBC.

VA joins military in fraught multibillion-dollar health IT contract
Politico ~ Arthur Allen ~ 17/05/2018

Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Thursday signed a $10 billion contract with Cerner for the biggest digital health record transformation in history despite concerns the project could end in a boondoggle for the sprawling bureaucracy that serves 9 million veterans.

Dems blast VA on EHR modernization progress, acting CIO controversy
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 16/05/2018

In the last four months, the agency has lost about 40 senior staffers and the lack of experienced IT leadership puts the EHR modernization project at risk, 11 Congressional members argue.

NHS Scotland to link all labs through National Pathology Exchange
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 16/05/2018

The executive board of NHS Scotland green-lit a business case that will see all 14 of the country’s health boards connected to the exchange hub, enabling hospital lab teams to communicate electronically.

DHS issues more medical device cybersecurity alerts
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 16/05/2018

They deal with vulnerabilities in some wireless electrocardiogram products from Silex Technologies and GE Healthcare, and vulnerabilities in certain computed tomography, or CT, systems from Philips.

Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus goes live with Epic
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 16/05/2018

On May 5 Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minn., campus turned on Epic Systems’ EHR, in perhaps the largest go-live event in Epic’s history.

PwC to conduct internal review of breast cancer screening programme after IT error
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 15/05/2018

Consultancy firm PwC has been commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) to carry out an internal review of the breast cancer screening programme after it was reported an IT error may have caused up to 450,000 women to miss their final screening.

Cerner has almost double EHR global market share of closest rival Epic, Kalorama says
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 15/05/2018

Cerner leads the worldwide EHR market with Epic taking the second spot, Allscripts in third and GE Healthcare at fourth.

GAO: Patient access to medical records remains a challenge
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 15/05/2018

Despite the widespread adoption of electronic health records by providers, patients continue to face challenges in accessing their healthcare information, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Boston Children’s, Red Hat develop cloud platform for images
Health Data Management ~ Diana Manos ~ 15/05/2018

Boston Children’s Hospital has teamed up with open-source solution provider Red Hat to create a web-based medical image platform that will speed the time it takes to share and analyze life-saving images.

Icahn group scuttles Fujifilm plan to acquire Xerox
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 15/05/2018

Fujifilm, which generates almost 60 percent of sales from overseas, has sought to offset waning demand at its printer and copier hardware business by shifting focus to managed-print services and medical imaging.

‘Game-changing’ app allows air ambulance services to view patients
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 14/05/2018

The GoodSAM App’s new feature, called ‘Instant on the Scene’, sends a link to the 999 caller’s mobile phone, which opens live streaming video and gives medics the ability to assess how seriously ill a patient is before setting off.

Nuance Communications breach affected 45,000 patients
Healthcare Info Security ~ Jeremy Kirk ~ 14/05/2018

Nuance Communications, which specializes in speech recognition software, says an unauthorized third party accessed one of its medical transcription platforms, exposing 45,000 individuals' records.

DoD rollout of Cerner EHR deemed not operationally effective or suitable
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/05/2018

While the Department of Defense contends that its initial deployment last year of MHS Genesis – a new Cerner electronic health record system – at four military sites in the Pacific Northwest was a success, the EHR is “neither operationally effective nor operationally suitable,” according to a new report from DoD’s director of operational test and evaluation.

No response to $6.5B takeover bid for athenahealth
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 14/05/2018

Elliott Management Corp. said it has heard nothing from Athenahealth Inc. or its board after proposing on May 7 to acquire the health technology company for $6.46 billion

Kushner-backed health care project gets ‘devastating’ review
Politico ~ Arthur Allen ~ 11/05/2018

The first stage of a multibillion-dollar military-VA digital health program championed by Jared Kushner has been riddled with problems so severe they could have led to patient deaths, according to a report obtained by Politico.

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