International health IT week in review: November 3

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 3: EMRs and clinician burnout, Walmart Health, Google offers to buy Fitbit, voice assistants for health, NHS AI moves, Humber River command centre, medical scribes, Cerner partners with Uber, Microtest loses NHS Wales GP contract, docs want EMR vendors to do better, hospitals access opiate data

Report: Health IT improvements needed to reduce clinician burnout
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 24/10/2019

With clinician burnout at epidemic levels, the U.S. healthcare system must make health information technology easier to use in an increasingly stressful work environment.

An inside look at Walmart’s new health clinic
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 29/10/2019

Walmart Health launched its first clinic earlier this fall in Dallas, Georgia, and the facility—which is attached to a retail store but offers its own entrance—provides patients with primary care, dental care, vision care and psychiatric counseling, alongside health education and wellness programs.

Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit
Reuters ~ Greg Roumeliotis and Paresh Dave ~ 29/10/2019

Google owner Alphabet Inc has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc, as it eyes a slice of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches.

Consumers interested in voice tech for health, adoption remains low
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 31/10/2019

In the future Siri may be the go-to source for health information. A new consumer survey made up of roughly 1,000 participants found that more than half of its participants wanted to use voice assistants for healthcare.

Twenty developers ‘confident’ their AI will be ready for NHS within a year
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 30/10/2019

The document is the first foundational policy released by NHSX on the £250m National AI Lab, which was announced in August.

Humber River Hospital launches new applications in its Command Centre
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 30/10/2019

Humber River Hospital has launched the world’s first clinical analytic applications in a hospital Command Centre. The new solutions use real-time clinical data, early warning algorithms and AI to identify issues and raise the quality of care.

Medical scribes improve workflow in outpatient surgical setting
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/10/2019

The use of medical scribes had a positive impact on workflow in an outpatient surgical setting, increasing the number of patients seen and the level of resident involvement.

Flu vaccine data to be shared between GPs and pharmacies
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 28/10/2019

The pilot, taking place in Leeds, involves electronic notifications about patients who have had their flu jab in a pharmacy being sent to their GP via clinical systems.

Uber Health and Cerner are taking on a big social determinant of health: transportation
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 28/10/2019

Uber app to integrate directly into Cerner’s EHR so providers can schedule transportation for patients.

New York insurance regulator to probe Optum algorithm for racial bias
FierceHealthcare ~ Robert King ~ 28/10/2019

The investigation is in response to a study published in the journal Science that found an algorithm used to assign risk scores gave the same risk level to blacks as white patients that were healthier.

‘Unacceptable delays’ see Microtest lose NHS Wales GP contract
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 25/10/2019

Microtest had been contracted to deliver its clinical systems to Welsh GPs over a four-year period after being awarded onto Wales’s primary care IT framework in 2018.

Physicians want to pressure vendors to improve EHR
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 24/10/2019

Many doctors are profoundly unhappy with the capabilities of their electronic health records systems, and calls are growing for vendors to do better.

ONC: One-third of hospitals use EHR to access PDMP data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 24/10/2019

Nearly one in three hospitals are using their electronic health record systems to access state-run databases that track prescriptions written for controlled substances.

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