International health IT week in review: July 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 7: Self-registration for Apple Health Records, Theranos' Holmes blames reporter, what is NHSX? EMR messages and doctor burnout, digital to tackle rise in avoidable admissions, telehealth for post-operative care, can data be truly de-identified? EMR problems for paediatrics, Google and University of Chicago in data suit, big IPO for Livongo

Apple Health Records now available to all US providers with compatible EHRs
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 28/06/2019

Clinics and systems may self-register on Apple's website, which will allow patients with iPhones to download their records and search for their provider.

Elizabeth Holmes blames journalist for Theranos troubles
Bloomberg ~ Joel Rosenblatt ~ 29/06/2019

Holmes contends Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou had an undue influence on federal regulators who concluded her blood-testing startup’s technology was a threat to patient health and forced the company to shut its labs.

Hancock hopes NHSX will ‘transform technology use’ across healthcare
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 04/07/2019

The unit has five missions: reduce burden on staff, so they can focus on patients; give citizens tools to access information and services directly; ensure clinical information can be safely and digitally accessed; improve patient safety across the NHS and increase NHS productivity.

Too many EHR-generated messages contributing to physician burnout: study
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 02/07/2019

Most physicians' EHR inboxes are clogged up with system-generated messages rather than messages from patients or colleagues, a problem linked to greater job dissatisfaction and burnout, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Digital provides ‘appropriate care’ to prevent avoidable hospital admissions
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 03/07/2019

The report, from data and insights provider Dr Foster, found avoidable emergency admissions in the UK have risen 9% between April 2013 and March 2018 – and currently make up about 23% of all hospital admissions.

St. Joseph’s connects clinicians with post-op patients via virtual visits
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 02/07/2019

St. Joseph’s Health System (SJHS) is using video visits to connect clinicians with discharged surgical patients at home.

Push Doctor rated ‘good’ after previous concerns around ‘unsafe’ care
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 02/07/2019

Online GP provider Push Doctor has been rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after being found to be delivering unsafe care in previous reports.

Can patient data be truly 'de-identified' for research?
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 01/07/2019

A lawsuit against the University of Chicago Medical Center and Google seeking class action status points to the important privacy and security issues raised when sharing patient data for research purposes - and whether data can be truly "de-identified."

12 patient safety risks linked to EHR usability
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 01/07/2019

To understand the scope of these problems, researchers from Pew worked with two children’s hospitals and one large mid-Atlantic healthcare system to identify and investigate incidents in which EHRs reportedly contributed to drug prescribing or administration errors that jeopardized safety for pediatric patients.

More states turn to e-prescribing to better manage opioids
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 01/07/2019

More than half of all states in the nation now require electronic prescribing of opioids, other controlled substances or all prescriptions.

Google, University of Chicago named in patient data privacy suit
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 01/07/2019

The University of Chicago and Google are named in a suit contending that they failed to protect the privacy and security of patient data because it was not fully de-identified.

Chronic disease management company Livongo officially files for IPO
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 28/06/2019

The company has raised nearly $240 million from investors, including a $105 million Series E that valued it at $800 million.

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