International health IT week in review: August 12

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 12: Apple FHIRs up data sharing, 80 US health services link to Apple Health, Google for clinical notes, London goes paperless for scripts, bugs lurk in OpenEMR, Blue Button API, EHR state of play in South Africa, Nova Scotia snoop, Meaningful Use overhaul, CVS MinuteClinic

Apple sees FHIR as way to liberate patient data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 09/08/2018

As healthcare seeks to solve its interoperability challenges, tech giant Apple is positioned to empower data-sharing on a massive scale with consumer mobile apps that use emerging industry standards.

Apple health records project continues to gain provider participants
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 06/08/2018

As of an Aug. 2 update from Apple, approximately 80 provider institutions are on board with the project.

A ‘Google’ for clinical notes draws interest
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 08/08/2018

Developed at the University of Michigan, EMERSE allows users to search the EHR’s unstructured clinical notes.

London docs get on board with electronic prescribing
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 09/08/2018

A total of 1,311 GP surgeries across the UK capital can now use the paperless system to send patient prescriptions directly from the practice to a pharmacist.

Cardiogram integrates with Garmin wearables for heart health insights
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 09/08/2018

Garmin wearable users now have the option to gain deeper insights into the their heart health, following an announcement that the consumer tech company' wearables will have the ability to integrate with heart health app Cardiogram.

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic launches new telehealth offering
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 09/08/2018

CVS’ MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, is rolling out a new telehealth healthcare offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs.

Health records 'put at risk by security bugs'
BBC ~ Staff writer ~ 07/08/2018

Almost 30 bugs were found in the OpenEMR system, by a cyber-security group called Project Insecurity.

A ‘Google’ for clinical notes draws interest
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 08/08/2018

Developed at the University of Michigan, EMERSE allows users to search the EHR’s unstructured clinical notes.

More than 600 developers sign up for Blue Button 2.0
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/08/2018

App developers are lining up to use an application programming interface that will let Medicare beneficiaries share their claims data with third-party apps.

To build or buy, that is the question
ehealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 08/08/2018

As the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) draws ever closer, the National Department of Health (NDoH) needs to decide on and implement a national EHR system to ensure patients receive continuity of care irrespective of which healthcare facility they visit across the country.

Pharmacist snooped on dozens of patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/08/2018

Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner says she’s shocked by how a grocery-store pharmacist was able to snoop into the electronic personal health information of dozens of people she knew.

Agency mulls Medicare requirement that providers share data with patients
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/08/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hopes to release a proposal requiring healthcare organizations to give patients their medical information.

Virtual advice app trialled at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 07/08/2018

Ortus-iHealth helps patients and their clinicians connect through virtual appointments by computer or mobile phone, rather than requiring them to travel in for a face-to-face consultation.

CMS administrator Seema Verma calls for an end to physician fax machines by 2020
Healthcare IT News ~ Susan Morse ~ 06/08/2018

CMS is also seeking Blue Button 2.0 app developers, Verma says at second interoperability forum hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in Washington, D.C.

Amazon's healthcare expansion: analyzing privacy concerns
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 06/08/2018

As Amazon collects, analyzes and exchanges more healthcare data, it will need to navigate privacy and breach regulations at the state and federal levels, including HIPAA.

CommonWell, Carequality announce collaboration efforts
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 06/08/2018

The quest for healthcare data interoperability is ramping up as two separate initiatives now have teamed to accelerate progress.

Babylon threatened to sue CQC, emails reveal
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 03/08/2018

A series of emails chronicling the legal spat between Babylon and the Care Quality Commission has been made public, revealing the firm threatened to sue the regulator for any damages arising from an inspection report.

Allscripts, Cerner offer a glimpse at tech priorities in new earnings reports
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 03/08/2018

Rival EHR vendors have differing plans for 2018, with Allscripts diversifying its product portfolio and Cerner focusing on two landmark EHR modernizations that could have industry-wide gravitational pull.

CMS issues final rule to provide patients with access to health data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/08/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized a rule designed to put patients in control of their own health data and to overhaul the Meaningful Use program.

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