International health IT week in review: September 29

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending September 29: Digitising old GP records, NHS funds GP telehealth consults, sensitive skin cancer app, regulating wellness apps, US unique patient identifier, the pill online, Fitbit for heart monitoring, Amazon's plans for Alexa, AI for clinical documentation improvement, information blocking roadblock

PRSB seeks public opinion on digitising old GP records
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 24/09/2019

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has launched a survey to find out the opinions of patients, carers, and GP practices about the benefits and potential challenges of digitising old GP records.

Push Doctor ‘on course’ to be live with 200 GP surgeries
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 25/09/2019

Free GP consultations are now available to more than 2.1 million people across the country, the provider said.

App’s skin cancer detection capability ‘well above that of GPs’
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 24/09/2019

An app designed for the early detection of skin cancer has been found to have a 95.1% sensitivity in detecting the most common forms of the disease, “well above” that of a GP, according to researchers.

FDA releases final guidelines on ‘device’ definitions for software
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 26/09/2019

The new guidances are intended to provide clarity on which products are or are not subject to regulatory enforcement.

Bill would kill prospect of national patient identifier
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 26/09/2019

Proponents of the potential adoption of a national unique patient identifier had been hopeful that the Senate would follow the House's lead in lifting a 20-year ban on funding for federal regulators to work on development. But now they face two substantial hurdles.

Secret-shopper-style study shows online birth control prescription overall safe, efficient
eHealth ~ Staff writer ~ 26/09/2019

Web-based and digital-app services that offer oral contraception appear to be overall safe and efficient, according to the findings of a secret-shopper-style study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and UC Davis that analyzed the birth control prescription services of nine U.S. vendors.

Fitbit offers heart monitoring tool through new partnership with FibriCheck
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 26/09/2019

Fitbit users can now check and share their heart and blood flow data with their doctor thanks to a new partnership with a heart monitoring app.

Amazon unveils Voice Interoperability Initiative to speed adoption
Health Data Management ~ Staff writer ~ 25/09/2019 has gathered a broad coalition of companies in an effort to speed up the widespread adoption of voice-activated assistants, including its own Alexa.

Manitoba suffers outage of health IT systems
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 25/09/2019

“It was just a series of cascading failures in our IT backbone that supports all our systems,” said Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen. “At the end of that, we had multiple enterprise systems go offline.”

Health information exchange rule raises privacy concerns
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 24/09/2019

Seven healthcare and health IT industry groups are asking Congress to apply the brakes in issuing a final rule on interoperability, information blocking and health information exchange as required under the 21st Century Cures Act, citing concerns about privacy and other issues.

3M and M*Modal launch new AI-powered CDI tool
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 20/09/2019

The new platform applies natural language understanding technology to help health systems tackle their clinical documentation improvement initiatives.

Senate budget bill would keep patient ID ban intact
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/09/2019

The movement to lift the longstanding Congressional ban on federal regulators funding the development or adoption of a national unique patient identifier appears to have hit a roadblock.

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