International health IT week in review: February 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending February 24: Facebook faces health privacy complaint, scripts faxed to hotel, sharing Google health search data, AI good behaviour, US ONC proposed rule on FHIR, HIMSS level 7 satisfies, doctors emailing patients, privacy and security risks top health IT concerns

Congress scrutinizes Facebook health data privacy complaint
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/02/2019

That complaint also called attention to an incident when a security researcher was able to download the names and other personal information of over 10,000 cancer patients who were participating in a Facebook health group.

Prescription information ‘accidentally faxed’ to hotel group
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 19/02/2019

The PSNC reported faxes had come from GP practices and community pharmacies across the country and included dispensing tokens and requests for medication.

Patients' Google search histories could help link them to appropriate care
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 21/02/2019

A new study found that many emergency department patients are willing to share both their health and search data, and that their search behaviors often change prior to presentation.

Misconfiguration leads to major health data breach
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 21/02/2019

A misconfigured database at UW Medicine in Washington state that left patient data exposed on the internet for several weeks resulted in a breach affecting 974,000 individuals.

Ten principles of NHS AI code of conduct published
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/02/2019

The Department of Health and Social Care announced an updated version has been released which included ten principles which technology companies are expected to meet and follow.

ONC proposed rule to accommodate newer versions of FHIR standard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 20/02/2019

Keeping up with the latest version of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard is a challenge that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says it is up to meeting.

Millions of medical calls exposed online
BBC ~ Staff writer ~ 19/02/2019

Some 2.7 million conversations dating back to 2013 were uncovered by technology news site Computer Sweden on an unencrypted web server.

New NHSX unit to oversee digital transformation
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 19/02/2019

Given the working name NHSX, the organisation is to bring together the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Survey: When communicating with a physician, patients prefer secure texting to patient portals
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 19/02/2019

In a survey of 199 consumers, 19.6 percent said they prefer to get secure text messages from their physician when in-person discussions and phone calls aren't an option, while 10 percent said they prefer to receive physician communications via patient portals.

FDA OKs first interoperable insulin pump with new classification
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 19/02/2019

The device is a new type of insulin pump—called an alternate controller enabled (ACE)—that leverages interoperable technology and can be used with different components of other diabetes therapy systems, enabling patients to tailor diabetes management to their individual device preferences.

ONC proposed rule aims to provide clarity on information blocking
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 19/02/2019

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT last week made public its long-awaited proposed rule implementing the information blocking provisions of the Cures Act, while including seven exceptions to the definition of information blocking.

HIMSS Stage 7 makes for happier physicians, says KLAS
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 18/02/2019

Hospitals that reach the pinnacle of the HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model have more satisfied docs, more widespread personalization of EHRs and better teamwork between clinicians, according to a new survey with HIMSS Analytics.

Hancock calls for NHS clinicians to be able to email patients directly
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 15/02/2019

Matt Hancock is calling for clinicians to be able to directly email information to patients in a bid to increase data security and reduce delays and wastage.

EMS demo project to use telehealth, e-consults to cut ED visits
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 15/02/2019

The Department of Health and Human Services is testing a new payment model that would promote the use of telehealth and other IT to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits.

Security ranks highest among provider IT concerns, HIMSS survey finds
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 15/02/2019

Provider organizations see cybersecurity, privacy and security risks as among their top information technology challenges in 2019.

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