International health IT week in review: March 17

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 17:Calls for action on social media anti-vax, WHO to open digital health dept, no quick Brexit for NHS, questions for your doctor, HIPAA-compliant medication dispensing booths, ransom paid to release med records before surgery, NICE evidence for digital health, criminal prosecution for snooping

AMA urges tech giants to combat misinformation about vaccines
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 14/03/2019

In a letter addressed to the CEOs of Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Google, Youtube and Twitter, AMA executive vice president CEO James Madara wrote about the medical community's concern about the spread of misinformation on vaccines.

WHO unveils plans to create a Department of Digital Health
Healthcare IT News ~ Leontina Postelnicu ~ 08/03/2019

WHO has revealed this week plans to create a Department of Digital Health overseen by the division of the chief scientist, a new role, along with a raft of reforms that it says are the “most wide-ranging in the organization’s history”.

1 in 20 trusts published pre-Brexit data checks to ‘identify vulnerabilities’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/03/2019

NHS England and NHS Digital asked healthcare leaders to ensure their mandatory self-assessments are completed to “quickly identify and address any vulnerabilities” before the UK is due to leave the EU on March 29.

Richard Corbridge to ‘leave Leeds Teaching Hospitals’
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 14/03/2019

Corbridge helped oversee the region’s successful Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) bid and has played a high profile role in the trust’s bid to “axe the fax”.

AHRQ launches app to help patients preplan questions for doctors
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 13/03/2019

Figuring out the right questions to ask a doctor during a short visit can be stressful, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is attempting to help remedy this issue with a new app called Question Builder.

Electronic prescription service to include controlled medication
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/03/2019

Pharmacies in England will now be able to dispense controlled drugs via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) following a successful trial.

OnMed launches with telemedicine kiosks that can also dispense prescription medications
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 12/03/2019

The Clearwater, Florida-based company said its HIPAA compliant telemedicine stations can be deployed in airports, hotels, colleges, hospitals and at large private employers.

NICE publishes updated standards for digital health technology
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 11/03/2019

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published an updated version of its evidence standards framework for digital health technologies.

23andMe launches new diabetes risk test, but experts are wary of its benefit
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 11/03/2019

In contrast to 23andMe's previous FDA approvals for genetic risk tests for conditions like Alzheimer's, the diabetes assessment did not go through the FDA clearance pathway because it was characterized as a wellness product not intended to make diagnoses and provide medical advice.

Pressured by pending procedures, surgical practice pays ransom
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 11/03/2019

Crippled by a ransomware attack, Columbia Surgical Specialists paid nearly $15,000 in January to regain data after hackers maliciously encrypted records.

Guilty plea in rare HIPAA criminal case
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 08/03/2019

A former patient coordinator at UPMC, a medical center in Pittsburgh, has pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing health information in a rare case involving criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA.

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