International health IT week in review: October 6

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 6: Deadline looms for fax axe, poor data for AI diagnoses, US VA rejects Cerner's dental partner, London ambos access SCR, digital overhaul for NHS Wales, Meditech in public cloud, slow interop in England, clinic fined for Yelp response, FDA guidance on medical device security, NIST guidance on PACS security, digital bedside sitters

Trusts set to miss Axe the Fax deadline due to ‘concerning lack of progress’
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 30/09/2019

The report reveals that the trusts with the most fax machines have collectively axed just 42% over the past twelve months, with less than six months to go until the ‘axe the fax’ deadline.

‘Less than one percent’ of diagnostic AI studies based on high-quality data
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 01/10/2019

Less than one percent of available studies on the effectiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) in detecting diseases is supported by high-quality data, according to new research.

VA: Dental practice software not suitable for EHR modernization
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/10/2019

Last year, the VA awarded Cerner a $10 billion contract to replace the agency’s decades-old legacy EHR system. Soon after, Cerner created a VA EHR modernization team that included dental software vendor Henry Schein.

Scheme for ambulance staff to access patient data remotely rolled out across London
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 03/10/2019

“Huge demand” following pilot scheme which allowed medics to view summary care records via iPads.

HS Wales to receive £50m digital reboot in long-needed IT overhaul
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 03/10/2019

Investment will be prioritised around five key areas, which include modernising IT systems and devices, creating new digital health services and shoring up cyber security.

Meditech works with Google to host EHRs to the public cloud
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 03/10/2019

The company this week revealed that its Expanse platform will be made available via Google Cloud. In another announcement, it said it will now support Health Records for iPhone.

‘Late and incomplete’ definitions from NHS stifling interoperability
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 03/10/2019

David Hancock told delegates at HETT on 1 October that interoperability was “nowhere near” where it needed to be in the implementation cycle, highlighting slow progress of programmes of work from NHS Digital and NHS England.

Dental practice pays $10K to settle complaint it disclosed patient information on Yelp
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 02/10/2019

Responding to online patient reviews just cost a dental practice $10,000 after it was accused of disclosing a patients' health information in social media posts.

FDA issues cyber warning for medical devices, hospital networks
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/10/2019

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned patients and providers about a set of 11 cybersecurity vulnerabilities that may pose risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks.

New round of Medicare readmission penalties hits 2583 hospitals
Kaiser Health News ~ Jordan Rau ~ 01/10/2019

Medicare cut payments to 2583 hospitals, continuing the Affordable Care Act’s eight-year campaign to financially pressure hospitals into reducing the number of patients who return for a second stay within a month.

Virtual medical visits get wary welcome from older adults
eHealth ~ Staff writer ~ 01/10/2019

A new US poll suggests that people over 50 aren't quite ready to fully embrace virtual health visits with their doctors and other providers.

NIST guidance aims to help PACS users enhance data security
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 30/09/2019

The National Institutes of Standards and Technology has issued draft cybersecurity guidance for securing Picture Archiving and Communication Systems.

Don't limit tech-driven health programs to patients with new devices
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 30/09/2019

To reach underserved patient populations, Babyscripts CEO Anish Sebastian advocates for digital health platform designs targeting the lowest common denominator of tech features.

More inclusive EHRs can help extend welcome, save transgender lives
Healthcare IT News ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 27/09/2019

Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital is one of many across the country adding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) information to its clinical systems.

‘In-hospital’ patient tele-monitoring program devised at UHN
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 27/09/2019

To address the rising number of adverse post-surgery events in vulnerable patients, UHN and other North American hospitals have been increasing the use of sitters in recent years.

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