International health IT week in review: August 18

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 18: NHS spend post-WannaCry, AI accuracy in breast cancer, digital needs for GP capacity, info exchange hampers transitions of care, wearables for diabetes risk, app for GP consults, Imprivata and Microsoft IAM, AI standards needed, Allscripts settles Practice Fusion suit, customising Epic for opioid crisis

NHS trust IT spend up more than £150m since WannaCry
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 15/08/2019

NHS trusts have upped their IT spending by at least £152 million since 2017’s WannaCry ransomware attack, according to figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

AI more accurate than docs in challenging breast cancer diagnoses
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/08/2019

An artificial intelligence system has outperformed pathologists in differentiating atypia from ductal carcinoma in situ—considered to be the greatest challenge in breast cancer diagnosis.

Digital solutions ‘should be encouraged’ to ease pressure on GPs
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/08/2019

His comments come in response to a Pulse survey that found the average wait for a routine GP appointment has surpassed two weeks for the first time.

Transitions hampered by info exchange between venues of care
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 14/08/2019

A new survey examines the processes of how patients are being transitioned from acute-care providers to the long-term and post-acute care treatment environments.

NHS scheme to support people at risk of developing diabetes expanded
MobiHealthNews ~ Cara Dartnell-Steinberg ~ 14/08/2019

This will provide users with wearable technology that monitors levels of exercise, apps delivering services to health coaches and educational resources, online peer support groups and the option to set and monitor goals digitally.

Online GP provider LIVI expands with new NHS partnerships
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/08/2019

The expansion enables access to app-based video GP consultations for more than 1.85 million patients, the provider said.

Lack of funding fuels doubt outpatient appointments will become digital
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/08/2019

A lack of capital funding for digital technology has left finance directors with “little or no” confidence that physical outpatient appointments will be reduced, a Kings Fund report has found.

Imprivata, Microsoft unveil new cloud identity and access management tool
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 13/08/2019

Imprivata Identity Governance extends Microsoft’s IAM technology with role-based access controls, streamlined auditing processes and more.

AI standards need to be created to protect patient safety, experts warn
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/08/2019

Responding to the Government’s pledge of £250 million for a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab, Matthew Honeyman, researcher at The Kings Fund, also said the NHS workforce needs to be equipped with digital skills for the benefits of new technologies to be realised.

Allscripts pays $145 million to settle Practice Fusion civil and criminal investigation
Healthcare IT News ~ Susan Morse ~ 09/08/2019

Practice Fusion, an ambulatory electronic health record vendor, was being investigated for its ONC certification and compliance with HIPAA and federal anti-kickback laws, prior to being acquired by Allscripts.

An in-depth look at how one health system customized its Epic EHR to fight the opioid crisis
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 09/08/2019

Overlake Medical Center & Clinics has, among other things, embedded state prescription monitoring program database access into the EHR, changed the Epic nursing workflow sheet for pain management, and revised the text in the after-visit summary.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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