International health IT week in review: July 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending July 21: GDPR fine for Dutch EMR snoopers, NHS tries to quell Alexa nerves, interoperability priority, Philips buys in the US, concerns over 999 triage software, PatientPing for ADT notifications, more AMCA breaches, Soom app for medical devices, NHSmail hack attempts

Patient record snooping incident leads to GDPR fine
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 18/07/2019

Authorities in the Netherlands recently levied a €460,000 fine under the General Data Protection Regulation against a hospital in the Hague in connection with a data breach involving "dozens" of staffers who snooped on the electronic medical records of a celebrity.

NHSX CDO tries to quell alarm bells over Alexa partnership
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 17/07/2019

The chief digital officer of NHSX has confirmed that no patient data will be shared with Amazon under an initiative to make verified healthcare data accessible via the Alexa voice assistant.

Interoperability named highest priority for NHS IT chiefs two years running
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 18/07/2019

Respondents said they hoped NHSX, the new body responsible for NHS IT, would aid interoperability, citing the need for additional funding, clear communication and established standards.

Philips acquires Boston start-up Medumo to help hospitals communicate with patients
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 17/07/2019

Philips has made a string of acquisitions in the past few years as it seeks to bolster its US healthcare business.

Government overruled concerns with 999 IT system
Health Services Journal ~ Ben Heather ~ 15/07/2019

Patients have died after the government overruled multiple safety concerns raised about an IT system used to triage 16 million NHS patients a year.

Health plans use PatientPing services to advance pop health
Health Data Management ~ Diana Manos ~ 17/07/2019

PatientPing solves this by providing real-time notifications to providers, HIEs, health systems and health plans using the admission, discharge and transfer feed, which connects hospitals to the PatientPing platform.

AMCA breach threatens patient records of another lab company
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/07/2019

Investigators are identifying more healthcare laboratories that were victimized in the data breach at the American Medical Collection Agency earlier this year.

Providers place inordinate trust in patient identity practices
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/07/2019

Providers may be placing too much trust in cybersecurity practices that are not sophisticated enough to deter high-level attacks by hackers.

NHSmail registers 11 million blocked attacks in three years
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 16/07/2019

The most common attacks were those categorised as IP or domain reputation attacks, of which 6.12m were recorded.

New app aims to make it easier to assess device safety
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 15/07/2019

Software vendor Soom Safety has built a free mobile app that enables healthcare providers and patients to ensure the safe use of a medical device.

Apple Watches, AI help docs dictate at Austin Regional, saving 2 hours a day
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 12/07/2019

Natural language processing-powered software has helped the clinic gain efficiencies, leading to more time with patients, fewer EHR burnout symptoms and the ability to see more patients in a day.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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