International health IT week in review: April 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 7: HIPAA skills for Alexa, Cerner on FHIR R4, X plans for NHS, DoD's Genesis EMR, WhatsApp time bomb, hack forces practice closure, FDA on medical AI, nurses happier with EMRs than docs, Scribble scribe, Epic Twitter parody, wall of shame update

Matthew Gould confirmed as new CEO of NHSX
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 04/04/2019

Government digital policy chief, Matthew Gould, has been announced as the new CEO of NHSX and will be responsible for setting the national technology agenda for healthcare.

Cerner touts adoption of normative FHIR R4 standard
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 04/04/2019

The vendor, one of the first to use the new version of the HL7 standard, is also offering advice for how providers can take advantage of the spec for better interoperability.

6 organizations team up with Amazon to release HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 04/04/2019

Alexa skills can transmit and receive patients’ protected health information, according to a blog post from the tech giant.

DoD learning, resolving issues as it deploys new Cerner EHR
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 04/04/2019

As the Department of Defense begins to deploy its new Cerner electronic health record system over the next five years, the military is leveraging important lessons learned from the EHR’s initial deployment.

WhatsApp use in the NHS a ‘privacy and clinical safety timebomb’
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 03/04/2019

Research at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has found the use of WhatsApp in the NHS to be “a privacy and clinical safety timebomb”.

Digital tools can help patients, but prescribing the right app is no simple feat
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 03/04/2019

A team from Kaiser Permanente described their efforts to build and populate a mental health app ecosystem for their clinicians.

DoD-VA EHR interoperability efforts lack single point of accountability
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/04/2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs has tried to modernize its legacy electronic health record system in four separate attempts over two decades, with the latest initiative already facing serious challenges.

FDA takes first steps toward new guidance for adaptive medical AI
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 03/04/2019

An exploratory whitepaper lays out a framework that the FDA hopes to present in a future draft guidance.

Ambulance data added to real-time dashboards in Lincolnshire
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 03/04/2019

Now a live data feed from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been added which means staff have instant updates of ambulance crews arriving at the Lincolnshire A&E departments.

Medical practice to close in wake of ransomware attack
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 02/04/2019

The two-doctor practice lost access to patient medical records, billing, scheduling and other critical data after ransomware attackers encrypted the data.

App eases patient-doctor communication during office visit
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 02/04/2019

A new free mobile app from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to help patients prepare questions for their next physician appointment.

KLAS study finds nurses more likely to be happy with EHR than docs
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 02/04/2019

Nurses have significantly higher satisfaction rates in working with electronic health records systems than physicians, according to a just-released research study.

Tracking common causes of recent health data breaches
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 01/04/2019

The biggest health data breaches added to the federal tally so far this year are classified as "hacking/IT incidents" by federal authorities.

Why it’s essential to solve all causes of physician burnout
Health Data Management ~ Matthew Fisher ~ 01/04/2019

A new Twitter account called @EPICEMRparody is garnering a lot of attention for its comments about the burdens placed upon physicians and other clinicians connected to the use of electronic medical records.

How The Iowa Clinic implemented a virtual scribe solution to ease physician documentation burden
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 29/03/2019

The Iowa Clinic in West Des Moines implemented IKS Health's Scribble tool, an asynchronous virtual scribe service, and it is helping physicians save time and see more patients.

Research shows most consumer behavioral health apps have no scientific backing
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 29/03/2019

Based on the literature review conducted by the researchers, only 14 percent of top ranked behavioral health apps described design or development that was based on real-world evidence.

VA requests $1.1B for telehealth services in FY 2020
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/03/2019

The VA’s goal is to increase the percentage of veterans receiving some care through telehealth from 13 percent to 20 percent, using telehealth applications such as VA Video Connect, a technology initiative that enables providers to connect with veterans via their mobile devices, smartphones, tablets or computers

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