International health IT week in review: May 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 26: NHS call for agile GP systems, Amazon's emotional device, cyber firm data breach, Apple Watch ECG in Canada, hospital EMR ROI, health IT evaluation framework, FDA warning on unauthorised medical devices, outdated screening software, EMR training improves satisfaction, WannaCry threat remains

Tech companies challenged to develop new GP IT systems
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/05/2019

Sick patients should not be having to explain ‘why are you here’ for the umpteenth time every time they meet a new clinician, or carting round bulging folders of notes from appointment to appointment.

Amazon is working on a device that can read human emotions
Bloomberg ~ Matt Day ~ 23/05/2019

Designed to work with a smartphone app, the device has microphones paired with software that can discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice.

Cyber threat firm’s error exposes health data of 1.6m Puerto Ricans
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 23/05/2019

As many as 1.6 million individuals in Puerto Rico may have their health information exposed because of a snafu by an information technology vendor.

Burnout, time spent on EHRs top challenges for independent practice leaders
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 23/05/2019

A new survey by Kareo asked 782 independent practices in the U.S. about industry trends and challenges practice leaders face and their expectations for the future.

Health Canada approves Apple Watch ECG app, hinting launch imminent
iPhone in Canada ~ Gary Ng ~ 21/05/2019

Canadians who purchased an Apple Watch Series 4 in Canada may soon get the device’s electrocardiogram (ECG) app and irregular rhythm notifications, as both features have been approved by Health Canada.

Top achieving hospitals share secrets to EHR success
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 22/05/2019

Even five years after go-live, many health systems aren't realizing the full value of their electronic health records, says a new Chartis Group report.

Patients’ ability to access medical records levels off, ONC contends
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/05/2019

The percentage of individuals offered access to their medical record—about 50 percent—did not change between 2017 and 2018.

Johns Hopkins researchers call for digital health scorecard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/05/2019

With the rapid growth of digital health solutions, there is a serious need for an objective, transparent and standards-based framework to evaluate these healthcare products.

More than a million people missed meningitis jabs after GP software alert was left switched off
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 21/05/2019

Software provider EMIS, which is used by most GP practices in the UK, told the charity Meningitis Research Foundation that it left the alert for the Men ACWY vaccine on its default "off" setting in order to prevent "alert fatigue."

Apple Watch app for nightmare disorder receives FDA breakthrough designation
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 21/05/2019

To see light as a prescription digital therapeutic for PTSD patients affected by nightmares, NightWare is testing its app among veterans and the general public.

Is healthcare sector better prepared for ransomware attacks?
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 21/05/2019

Several recently reported breaches involving ransomware attacks in which organizations recovered without paying a ransom to extortionists offer a glimmer of hope that healthcare entities are getting better prepared to deal with such incidents.

ONC: Physicians are still struggling with interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/05/2019

While doctors’ rates of querying or finding patient health information from outside sources has increased by about half, they have not made progress in sending and receiving data electronically.

Outdated NHS cancer screening IT systems ‘woefully inadequate’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 20/05/2019

The technology used to identify those who are eligible for screening has been unfit for purpose since 2011, the committee found, but has still not been replaced.

FDA issues warning about use of diabetes management devices
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 20/05/2019

The Food and Drug Administration wants providers and patients to be aware of the risks associated with using unauthorized devices for diabetes management used alone or in tandem with authorized devices.

Five trends shaping the future of the radiology IT market
Health Data Management ~ Steve Holloway ~ 20/05/2019

Against the backdrop of artificial intelligence in medical imaging and other hyped healthcare IT technologies, market trends in core radiology IT software and services can easily be overlooked.

Health plans back Solera’s SDOH program with $42 million
Health Data Management ~ Diana Manos ~ 20/05/2019

Health plans have been showing increasing interest in social determinants of health, and now they’re starting to back that up with some venture capital.

Coordinate My Care publicly launched to give patients greater control
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 20/05/2019

Coordinate My Care records important information about patients who have long-term conditions or are approaching the end of their lives and shares it with the doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and others who look after them.

EHR training is biggest predictor of user satisfaction, experts say
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 17/05/2019

A better clinician experience makes for higher-quality patient care, according to a new report from KLAS' Arch Collaborative, which makes the case for bigger investment in end-user education.

After 2 years, WannaCry remains a threat
Healthcare Info Security ~ Scott Ferguson ~ 17/05/2019

We hear less about WannaCry in the news these days, largely because the malware can no longer encrypt hard disks as the command and control unit was rendered ineffective; but it doesn't mean the vulnerability is completely obsolete.

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