International health IT week in review: July 22

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 22: Blockchain on FHIR with Health Wizz, AI code of conduct, medical device security, ransomware attack on Canadian care homes, NHS telehealth, NHS virtual primary care, EMR global footprint, dodgy mental health apps, EMRs can cut mortality rates

Health Wizz pilots blockchain and FHIR mobile app for EHRs
MobiHealthNews ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 18/07/2018

Health Wizz has updated and is piloting its unusual blockchain- and FHIR-enabled EHR aggregator mobile app, which uses blockchain to tokenize data, enabling patients to securely aggregate, organize, share, donate and/or trade their medical records.

NHS England to publish AI code of conduct
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 19/07/2018

NHS England plans to publish a code of conduct for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare later this year.

A new effort to draft medical device cybersecurity guidance
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 19/07/2018

An advisory group that includes a diverse array of members will spend the coming months devising detailed guidance on how to address the "shared responsibility" of medical device cybersecurity.

What’s preventing doctors from adopting virtual care technologies?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 18/07/2018

A Deloitte survey of 624 primary care and specialty care doctors, which found only 14 percent said they have video visit capabilities, also provides suggestions about how hospitals can approach telehealth adoption.

Data thieves demanding ransom of CarePartners
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/07/2018

Thieves who obtained the detailed medical histories and contact information of possibly tens of thousands of home-care patients in Ontario are demanding a ransom from CarePartners, the organization from which the data was taken.

Connected care homes ‘could slash £1bn from NHS demand’
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 18/07/2018

A project run by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has suggested that the use of telehealth in care homes could cut hospitals admissions by as much as third and free up some £1bn for the NHS.

Birmingham digital GP centre rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 17/07/2018

South Doc Services Limited runs virtual primary care services for the MyHealthcare GP federation, which are run at several hubs across Birmingham and involve more than 47 GP practices, covering around 300,000 registered patients.

Where do EHR vendors have the biggest footprint?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 17/07/2018

A new report from KLAS Research closely examines where various EMR vendors like InterSystems, Cerner and Epic have a presence in countries around the world.

The government shut down, but ECRI will continue the work
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 17/07/2018

The door has closed on, which provided physicians and others with information on best medical practices, but ECRI Institute said it will maintain a version of the resource.

Hospitals up the ante for medical transcription tools
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 17/07/2018

New research determines that the time has come to finally replace those old analog devices.

Text messaging helps VA trim missed appointments
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/07/2018

A recently launched text messaging program from the Department of Veterans Affairs is designed to reduce no-shows for medical appointments by more than 100,000 over three months.

Mental health apps overdiagnose, steer toward self-help
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 16/07/2018

While the use of mental health apps has been on the rise, researchers of a recent analysis published by the Annals of Family Medicine, which is broadly critical of these platforms, worry that these apps could lead to unnecessary diagnoses and misinformation about mental illness.

UNC Health Care to integrate Epic EHR with state's PDMP
Health Data Management ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 16/07/2018

UNC Health says the move will help tackle the opioid problem and save clinicians time.

Nursing notes can help predict ICU survival, study finds
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/07/2018

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

Study: EHRs tied with lower hospital mortality, but only after systems have matured
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 16/07/2018

A study recently published in Health Affairs suggests that EHR adoption has a positive impact on mortality rates, though it takes time for this impact to be realized.

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