International health IT week in review: June 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 24: Atul Gawande to head Amazon JV, Elizabeth Holmes charged with fraud, NHS GPs up in arms over GP at Hand, Canada rolls out eConsult, Beth Israel to consolidate EHRs with FHIR, Robo-docs and AI, big data in Africa, £20bn boost for NHS

Atul Gawande tapped as CEO of Amazon/Berkshire/JP Morgan Chase joint healthcare venture
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 20/06/2018

Nearly six months after Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase & Co announced a joint healthcare venture, the organizations today tapped Atul Gawande, M.D., as CEO of the initiative.

Theranos founder Holmes, ex-president charged with fraud
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 15/06/2018

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who reigned briefly as the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire over her promise to revolutionize blood testing, was criminally charged with defrauding investors along with the company’s former president.

Doctor’s union chairman calls for GP at Hand to be “scrapped immediately”
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/06/2018

The free NHS service, powered by Babylon, allows patients to book appointments and talk to their doctor through their smartphone within minutes.

NHS England agrees to cough up for GP at Hand additional costs
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 20/06/2018

NHS England has agreed to cover additional costs facing Hammersmith and Fulham CCG due to the popularity of GP at Hand.

eConsult rolls out across Canada, reducing wait times
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/06/2018

eConsult, an electronic solution that allows GPs to put questions to specialists and to receive a fast response, is rolling out across Canada.

Unsurprisingly, physicians aren’t thrilled with their EHRs
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 19/06/2018

More research shows doctors aren’t 100 percent pleased with all aspects of their electronic health record systems. 44 percent said the primary value of their EHR is as a digital storage tool.

FHIR will support EHR data sharing in Beth Israel, Lahey merger
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 19/06/2018

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, along with three other hospitals, are currently in the midst of a mega-merger and there are three instances of Epic and three different versions of Meditech, athenahealth and Cerner.

Outgoing DirectTrust CEO talks about FHIR, blockchain, TEFCA and Direct standards development
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 19/06/2018

The use of Direct, largely to replace the fax machine in referral management and transitions of care, continues to grow.

PM announces £20bn annual cash boost for NHS and points to value of tech
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 18/06/2018

The Prime Minister has said the NHS is to be given a “birthday present” of an extra £20 billion a year in funding annually by 2023, and argued technology must be a crucial part of driving productivity improvements over the next decade.

Geofencing: the latest data privacy issue facing healthcare
MedCity News ~ Matt Fisher ~ 18/06/2018

The healthcare industry got a loud introduction to geofencing marketing recently. The headlines were driven by a law firm targeting individuals going to an emergency room.

Robo-docs and AI could ‘save NHS £12.5bn a year’, claims Darzi report
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 18/06/2018

The NHS could shave off a tenth of its budget by assigning nearly a third to robots and machine learning systems, a new report has claimed.

Patents hold clues about Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft plans for healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 18/06/2018

While some moves are already out in the open, such as Apple Health Records and Amazon Web Services expressing interest in longitudinal health records and analytics, the companies also have patents that potentially foretell the future.

Hospital trusts bid goodbye to paper as e-RS gathers steam
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 15/06/2018

More than half of all hospital trusts in England are now using the NHS e-Referral Service, NHS Digital has revealed.

What data can do for Africa’s healthcare systems
ehealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 15/06/2018

The adoption of digital solutions for data capturing in the healthcare sector will revolutionise the delivery of healthcare services and solutions.

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