International health IT week in review: May 12

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 12: Open notes beneficial to patients, Kaiser Permanente targets SDoH, NHS GP numbers plunge, robo-kitties help elderly, AI for retinal imaging, vulnerability in Philips' Tasy EMR, Apple plans health app boost, avoiding another WannaCry, NowICU video for NICU, California ambulance joins HIE

Patients report benefits of having access to EHR clinical notes
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 07/05/2019

Patients derive multiple benefits, including the ability to better manage their care, if they can access their electronic health records to read clinicians’ notes after medical visits.

Kaiser Permanente building infrastructure to 'connect the dots' for social determinants
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 08/05/2019

The health system is partnering with Unite Us, a social determinants technology and care coordination platform, to build the technology infrastructure that will enable Kaiser Permanente to better address social determinants and "connect all the dots in a systematic way" for its millions of members.

Technology ‘part of the jigsaw’ to bolster GP numbers, Royal College says
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/05/2019

Greater investment in technology is “part of a jigsaw” needed to help end mounting pressure on GPs but if not used correctly “can increase workload”, the Royal College of GPs has said.

Robopets can reduce loneliness, increase wellness among seniors who engage with them
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 09/05/2019

Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices.

FDA OKs tests to try retinal scans, AI for Alzheimer’s
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 09/05/2019

A Montreal-based company has received approval from a federal agency to further test a retinal imaging platform that could inexpensively test patients for the early physical indications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Philips, DHS report vulnerability in EMR platform
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 03/05/2019

Company says the security flaw has not been exploited yet and urges customers to update to most recent version.

OpenNotes after 7 years: patient experiences with ongoing access to their clinicians’ outpatient visit notes
Journal of Medical Internet Research ~ Jan Walker ~ 06/05/2019

The aim of this study was to examine the ongoing experiences and perceptions of patients who read ambulatory visit notes written by a broad range of doctors, nurses, and other clinicians.

California ambulances connected to HIE speed care
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 07/05/2019

Connecting the ambulances will support real-time notification to hospitals of incoming patients along with transfer of patient data from EMS personnel to the hospital en route.

Apple to reveal new home-grown apps, software features at WWDC
Bloomberg ~ Mark Gurman ~ 06/05/2019

Highlights include upgrades to core iPhone apps such as Maps, Reminders and Messages; new apps for the Apple Watch that make it more independent from the iPhone, and enhancements to the health tracking capabilities of Apple devices.

Ransomware no longer biggest cyber security threat, report finds
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 07/05/2019

Instead, hackers are turning towards hidden HTTPS tunnels that appear as normal encrypted web traffic to target healthcare organisations.

How hospitals can prepare for the next WannaCry-style cyberattack
Health Data Management ~ Leslie Krigstein ~ 06/05/2019

We are nearing the second anniversary of WannaCry, a cyberattack that spread to more than 150 countries, infected 600,000 computers and cost victims a total of $4 billion.

Misericordia uses iPads to connect mothers and newborns
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 06/05/2019

The Misericordia Community Hospital is using technology to help parents see their babies when they can’t physically be with them in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The iPad technology, called NowICU, is a secure teleconferencing system.

RCGP tech manifesto calls for prioritisation of joined up IT systems
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 02/05/2019

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) is calling for the joining up of IT systems across the NHS to be prioritised as part of its technology manifesto.

Microsoft and Imprivata collaborate on cloud-based healthcare platform
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 03/05/2019

The tech giant and the health IT security company have teamed up to develop an identity and access management cloud platform for the healthcare industry.

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