International health IT week in review: November 10

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 10: VA joins Apple Health, eHealth in Estonia, Netherlands and Scandinavia, NpfIT culture lingers, Alberta live with $C459m Epic system, Carnet santé Québec disappoints, Germans dissatisfied with digital progress, $US75m for PathAI, big take-up for US secure messaging, NHS pagers leaking data, Google and Fitbit, Orion in the UK

Apple adds VA to its list of organizations making data available on its Health Records
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 06/11/2019

The partnership was previously announced but now all veterans who get their care from any VA hospital and use iPhones can see that data alongside other health data in Apple's Health Records section of the Health app.

Estonia, the Netherlands & Nordics continue to drive eHealth adoption and use in Europe
Healthcare IT News ~ Leontina Postelnicu ~ 07/11/2019

The world has long looked at the Nordics as an example for driving much of the innovation that is happening nowadays, and the situation is no different in digital health, according to a new study from HIMSS, in cooperation with McKinsey.

McDonald calls for greater honesty and culture change on NHS IT
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 07/11/2019

The director of the Great Northern Care Record (GNCR) has said that the culture that led to the failures of the national programme for IT (NPfIT) is being carried into NHSX.

A costly failure to encrypt for University of Rochester Medical Center
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 07/11/2019

The health system will pay $3 million to settle with OCR and take corrective action after protected health information was left unencrypted on lost and stolen mobile devices.

Consumers are increasingly self-empowered in their care decisions
Healthcare Finance ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 05/11/2019

A robust web presence and offerings like online scheduling and telehealth are imperatives for health systems looking to stay relevant.

Alberta electronic health system Connect Care launches ‘well’ but with ‘anticipated glitches’
Global News ~ Emily Mertz ~ 05/11/2019

Connect Care – a $C459 million project using Epic's EMR – will eventually be used across all Alberta Health Services facilities and will be introduced in waves, the last one coming in fall 2022.

Quebec’s patient health portal is still ailing
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 06/11/2019

Nearly two years after the provincial government announced the Carnet santé Québec, a personal health portal that has cost nearly $9 million, critics are still pointing to problems and the disappointing capabilities of the product.

‘Significant resource’ needed for tech to support dwindling GP numbers
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 05/11/2019

The Nuffield Trust report, Delivering general practice with too few GPs, found a focus on technology that supports patient triage and diverts pressure from GPs was needed.

Digital pathology startup PathAI closes $75M Series B round with investments from BMS, Merck
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 05/11/2019

Two of the largest drugmakers in the country are investing in a startup applying artificial intelligence in pathology.

More good news from DirectTrust as secure messaging soars
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 05/11/2019

That's according to the latest report from DirectTrust, the non-profit collaborative of more than 120 vendor, provider and government organizations seeking to advance the secure messaging protocol as a key driver of interoperability.

Orion Health ‘back in growth mode’ as share buyback puts cash in bank
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 04/11/2019

Speaking at the company’s annual UK&I customer conference, CEO and founder Ian McCrae said Orion had “reinvented” itself in the year following its sale of Rhapsody to Hg.

New study provides insights into how Germans see the digitisation of healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Anna Engberg ~ 04/11/2019

Findings suggest Germans are not satisfied with the progress that the health and care system in their country has made so far.

Healthcare data breaches will cost industry $4 billion by year's end
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 04/11/2019

Providers continue to be the most targeted organizations for industry cybersecurity breaches, with nearly 4 out of 5 breaches.

EHRs help to identify symptom clusters in cancer patients
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 04/11/2019

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis have developed novel methods for extracting data on patient symptoms from electronic health records.

Government pledges £26m to upgrade digital prescribing systems
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 01/11/2019

The funding is the second wave from a £78 million pot to improve patient care by speeding up the implementation of electronic prescribing systems across the NHS over three years.

Why Google is buying Fitbit
MedCity News ~ Joel Berg ~ 01/11/2019

Google likely has many reasons for strapping on Fitbit but access to healthcare data may be the driving force behind the $2.1 billion deal announced Friday after the first rumors of the deal arose earlier in the week.

A radio enthusiast was livestreaming sensitive medical patient information being sent to pagers
Gizmodo ~ Jennings Brown ~ 31/10/2019

Pagers used within the United Kingdom’s National Health Service are leaking sensitive patient information, and an amateur radio enthusiast has been broadcasting some of that medical data on a webcam livestream, a security researcher has found.

Telus Health app provides virtual visits and medical info to patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 30/10/2019

Just eight months after launching Babylon by Telus Health, a platform for virtual visits with doctors and an AI-powered symptom checker for patients, the app has been downloaded by “tens of thousands” of users across Canada.

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