International health IT week in review: August 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 26: Facebook working on AI for MRIs, consumer use of online medical records, NHS cash splash for GP IT and hospitals, HIPAA breach wall of shame, EHR satisfaction, US VA's shadow rulers

Facebook, NYU School of Medicine to use AI to make MRI scans 10 times faster
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/08/2018

The effort, called fastMRI, is meant to speed up notoriously slow MRI machines that can take from 15 minutes to more than an hour to conduct scans, vs. less than a second or as long as a minute—respectively—for X-ray and CT scans.

Individuals’ use of online medical records is on the rise
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 22/08/2018

It’s taken years, but healthcare consumers are now becoming comfortable with the notion of accessing their medical records online.

£412.5m allocated to STPs for provider digitisation
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/08/2018

The half billion of funding promised to improve technology in hospitals – first mentioned by health secretary Matt Hancock last month – will not be subject to a bidding process.

Docman becomes first to integrate with the NHS e-Referral Service
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/08/2018

eRS allows patients to select the timeslot for their first outpatient hospital or clinic appointment and book it in the GP surgery, online or on the phone.

Virtual care for chronic disease patients in BC
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 22/08/2018

Patients registered in the BC Women’s Hospital Complex Chronic Diseases Program are now able to receive consults with clinicians from the comfort of their homes using virtual visits.

Health data breach victim tally for 2018 soars
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 21/08/2018

As of Tuesday, 229 breaches affecting 6.1 million individuals had been added in 2018 to the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website, commonly called the "wall of shame."

EHRs leave docs, patients unsatisfied, study shows
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 21/08/2018

This is the first study of how the integration of outpatient and hospital EHR systems affects provider and patient satisfaction.

NHS Digital tests waters for new £450m GP IT framework
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 20/08/2018

NHS Digital intends to put out a half-a-billion-pound tender for a new general practice IT framework.

Which new healthcare entrant will make the biggest splash?
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 20/08/2018

A Reaction Data survey asked C-suite healthcare executives from provider organizations to weigh in on which non-traditional healthcare company – such as Apple, Amazon, Walmart and Google – will have the biggest impact on the industry.

VA partners with Walgreens for improved care coordination
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 20/08/2018

The US Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) has announced that it is working with pharmacy services provider Walgreens to better coordinate patient and pharmaceutical care for VA-enrolled patients.

For fax sake: Retro tech leaves NHS open to cyber-attacks, say researchers
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 20/08/2018

Hackers could gain access to NHS networks by exploiting vulnerabilities in fax machines, security researchers have suggested.

CDS alerts in hospital EHR reduce costs, improve outcomes
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/08/2018

A new study finds that clinical decision support alerts embedded into a hospital records system have improved patient health and financial outcomes.

Veterans group sues to block VA shadow rulers
ProPublica ~ Isaac Arnsdorf ~ 16/08/2018

Perlmutter, Moskowitz and Sherman met regularly and weighed in on VA decisions from negotiating a contract for electronic health records to outsourcing medical services to private providers.

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