International health IT week in review: April 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending April 28: Real-time data on iPads for ambos, FHIR 4 ready for use, bipartisan call for VA's $16b EHR, Robert Wachter on privacy, Hancock under fire, insurer telehealth service, FTC sues Surescripts, medical device security, patient-oriented discharge summaries, TEFCA draft

London ambulance staff to be given real-time access to patient data
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 23/04/2019

Developed by NHS Digital, it will use Camden Ambulance Station as its initial base, with around 60 medics having access to patients summary care records (SCRs) on secure iPads.

How FHIR 4 will drive interoperability progress in healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 25/04/2019

Experts from across health IT, including members of the HL7 board and advisory council, say the new standard can do big things for data exchange, but it's not a cure-all.

Senators call for more oversight of $16B VA EHR modernization
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/04/2019

Bipartisan legislation introduced last week in the Senate calls for the creation of a third-party committee to closely monitor the Cerner electronic health record implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Technology will only transform medicine if we get privacy right
Wired ~ Robert Wachter ~ 23/04/2019

It will be incredibly hard for healthcare to take advantage of the digital revolution if data can’t be shared.

Matt Hancock faces backlash for collaborating on TaxPayers’ Alliance report
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 25/04/2019

In a foreword to a paper by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) on automation in the health service, Hancock welcomed the publication as “a timely and provocative intervention in this debate”.

Humana, Doctor on Demand launch virtual primary care health plan
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 25/04/2019

Called On Hand, the plan gives patients access to a dedicated primary care physician as well as access to preventive care, urgent care, and behavioral health through video visits with lower monthly premiums.

Sizing up revised model for national health data exchange
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 24/04/2019

The new draft is yet another attempt to pave the way for national data exchange after the failure of many previous efforts dating back to the 1990s.

FTC sues Surescripts, charging anticompetitive actions in e-prescribing
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/04/2019

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against Surescripts, alleging that the health IT vendor has engaged in a “long-running anticompetitive scheme” to maintain its monopolies.

Why it’s time to hire a medical device security officer
Health Data Management ~ Shelly Harvill ~ 25/04/2019

Only 15 percent are taking significant steps to prevent attacks on medical devices, while only 22 percent of healthcare delivery organizations have an incident response plan in place for attacks on vulnerable medical devices.

CIHI measures patient satisfaction in hospitals
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 24/04/2019

The hospital turned data into action by implementing the Patient Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS), a program co-developed with patients by University Health Network’s OpenLabs, to improve its results.

Vanderbilt's AI-powered EHR voice assistant saves time for caregivers
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 23/04/2019

The VEVA tool has helped improve caregiver productivity and efficiency – and providers appreciate that it reduces the number of clicks per query.

Open-source tool ensures quality of digital pathology images
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/04/2019

Researchers have devised an approach for coping with the lack of reliable standards for the preparation and digitization of tissue slides used to diagnose patients.

ONC extends comment period for interoperability rules
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 19/04/2019

The extension had been sought by many industry groups, who see the proposed rules as "too important to not get right."

Report: IBM is ending sales of Watson for drug discovery
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 18/04/2019

IBM is stopping the development and sales of the product, which uses Watson AI to help pharmaceutical companies find new drugs, because it wasn't yielding large enough financial returns.

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