International health IT week in review: February 17

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending February 17: Leeds turns to eFax after missing target, Judy Faulkner on Epic UX, US military's Cerner EMR, IBM Watson Health's $50m for AI, WhatsApp channel for HIV, FHIR to be required, Apple Health Records for veterans, Microsoft’s Azure API for FHIR, Cerner's Chart Assist, Slack enters healthcare market

Leeds Teaching Hospitals pilots eFax after missing ‘Axe the Fax’ target
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/02/2019

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has fallen short of its “challenging” target to remove 95% of its fax machines by January 1 this year and is now piloting an eFax programme, its CCIO has said.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner on Apple, docs who actually like their EHRs and Warren Buffett
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 13/02/2019

The EHR vendor’s founder also discusses the state of interoperability, cloud computing and today’s sticking points in health IT.

DoD and VA still working out how to create single EHR
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/02/2019

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are still trying to figure out how to best align their agencies’ respective plans to create a common Cerner electronic health record system.

IBM Watson Health invests $50 million in Brigham and Women’s and Vanderbilt for health AI
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 14/02/2019

The prominent AI vendor will make the 10-year investment in research collaborations with the two separate academic centers to advance the science of artificial intelligence and its application to major public health issues.

Aviro launches WhatsApp channel to support HIV self-testing
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 13/02/2019

Aviro Health in collaboration with Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) has launched a new WhatsApp channel for their Ithaka platform to support users through their HIV self-testing journey.

Proposed ONC rule requires FHIR interoperability standard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/02/2019

If the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has its way, HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources will be the standard to which developers must certify their application programming interfaces.

VA to offer patient access to health data on iPhones
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/02/2019

Veterans will soon have the ability to access their personal medical data on their iPhones, thanks to Apple’s Health Records feature.

Apple Health Records will soon be deployed to US vets
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 11/02/2019

Apple's partnership with the VA will bring the mobile personal health record platform to more than 9 million veterans.

Microsoft launches Azure API for FHIR to share data in cloud
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/02/2019

Microsoft’s Azure API for FHIR offers healthcare data exchange backed by a managed Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering and is intended for customers developing solutions that integrate healthcare data from one or more systems of record, according to the vendor.

With new proposed rules, HHS takes major stab at interoperability framework
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 11/02/2019

New proposed rules from HHS would require health plans to give patients free access and control over their health information by 2020 and to implement an HL7 FHIR-based API to open up data access to third party apps and developers.

Cerner unveils AI tool to fight physician burnout
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 11/02/2019

Cerner debuts Chart Assist, a new AI-enabled workflow, to join a suite of systems designed to reduce physician burnout, enhance the clinician’s experience and increase productivity.

Alphabet’s experimental health unit takes on the opioid epidemic
Bloomberg ~ Staff writer ~ 07/02/2019

Alphabet’s experimental healthcare unit Verily plans to partner with hospitals in Ohio on a tech-heavy approach for treatment of substance abuse disorders.

Slack is setting itself up for the $3.5 trillion health care sector
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 04/02/2019

Slack, the messaging and chat application for businesses, appears to be setting itself up for the $3.5 trillion health care market.

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