International health IT week in review: August 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 25: Dr Google's diagnoses, McKessan pulls out of Canadian portal, Babylon's permission to expand, digital reduces deaths from sepsis, Apple health murmurs, clinical decision support v EMRs, US remains non-interoperable, UK care record downgrade, voice and privacy, health record downloads flat, AliveCor withdraws from Apple Watch

Dr Google ‘diagnoses’ 100m health concerns as GP wait times rise
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 22/08/2019

Benenden Health said its finding were supported by a rise in cases of “cyberchondria” – a state of medical anxiety caused by online symptoms checking and self-diagnosis.

N.S. patient portal stalls as vendor drops out
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 21/08/2019

It allows patients to view routine medical test results and to message their physicians.

GP at Hand’s cap on Birmingham patient registrations set to be lifted
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 21/08/2019

Babylon’s app was given the green light to expand to Birmingham in June, with a number of restrictions in place which were to be reviewed in eight weeks.

Digital tools prevent hundreds of sepsis deaths across three hospitals
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 20/08/2019

In Cambridge, deaths from sepsis have fallen consistently over the last three years, with at least 64 lives saved in the past year thanks to the digital alert system.

Apple health team faces departures as tensions rise over differing visions for the future
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 20/08/2019

The company has described health care as one of its focus areas, with CEO Tim Cook saying that he hopes it will someday be Apple’s “greatest contribution to mankind.”

Clinical decision support systems will surpass EHRs as prime caregiver interface: report
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 20/08/2019

Clinical decision support systems are poised to become the user interface of choice for clinical interactions with health IT, ultimately supplanting the electronic health record system as the primary health IT point of interface for clinicians, research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan contends in a new report.

Verma: US healthcare system is a communication disaster
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 20/08/2019

Despite the federal government spending more than $36 billion to get providers to adopt electronic health records, data is trapped in siloes which is hindering the industry’s transition to value-based care.

Despite growing availability of APIs for patient health records, uptake remains low
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 19/08/2019

According to a new study published in JAMA, researchers found that the rate of unique users downloading their health records through an API on a month-over-month basis was flat.

AliveCor ends sales of KardiaBand, its ECG accessory for Apple Watches
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 19/08/2019

The fate of AliveCor’s Apple Watch accessory became an open question last fall when Apple announced that native ECG functionality was coming to the Apple Watch Series 4.

New ‘intelligent’ NHS health checks to be driven by predictive analytics
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 16/08/2019

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a radical change to NHS health checks, as it launches a review to explore how analytics and data-driven technologies can deliver personalised health advice to patients.

Local Health and Care Records initiative may lose funding
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 16/08/2019

The LHCRE programme is the NHS’s flagship initiative for developing eight shared records reference sites across the English NHS, to then be extended across all parts of England and provide the foundation for regional data lakes for research.

Study: hospital quality ratings mislead, misclassify performance
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/08/2019

The highest grade received was a B by U.S. News & World Report, followed by a C for CMS Star Ratings, a C- for Leapfrog and a D+ for Healthgrades.

Privacy beyond HIPAA in voice technology
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 06/08/2019

Industry players warn that while voice technology has the ability to reach a larger audience, it must be implemented with privacy as a top priority.

VA unveils new app to connect veterans with care, help with data sharing
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 16/08/2019

Launchpad helps streamline access for both vets and their caregivers, coordinating various VA apps in one place and enabling easier sharing of EHR data and access to telehealth.

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