International health IT week in review: November 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 24: EMR safety investigation, Google's new charting tool, paracetamol overdosing tool, Swahili version of Ada Health app, in-home monitoring for diabetic foot ulcers, health insurer Humana using FHIR, paramedics using emergency callers’ phones, vulnerabilities in medical devices, FDA clears AI in diagnostic imaging

No safety switch: How lax oversight of EHRs puts patients at risk
Kaiser Health News ~ Fred Schulte and Erika Fry ~ 21/11/2019

The group envisioned creating a national databank to track reports of deaths, injuries and near misses linked to issues with the new technology. It never happened.

Google demos its EHR-like clinical documentation tool
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 21/11/2019

News of the tool, currently in clinical pilots, comes a week after reports circulated that Google was working with healthcare system Ascension on a controversial project involving patient data.

University Hospitals Birmingham eliminates prescription errors with in-house tool
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 19/11/2019

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has reported that an electronic prescription tool developed by staff has reduced the number of errors when prescribing a drug for paracetamol overdoses to zero.

Ada Health launches Swahili language version of its app
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 19/11/2019

The Swahili version will cater to the specific medical needs of those living in East Africa. This means providing specific information about maternal and child issues and infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and diphtheria.

VA adopts tech nationwide to prevent diabetic foot ulcers
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/11/2019

To better detect diabetic foot ulcers and prevent the deterioration of patients with diabetes, the agency is making wireless in-home monitoring technology available through its Prevention of Amputations for Veterans Everywhere clinic providers.

FHIR at core of Humana’s strategy for data sharing with providers
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/11/2019

HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard is the linchpin of health insurer Humana’s efforts to support data sharing with provider organizations to improve care for its members.

Paramedics using 999 callers’ phones to get footage from serious incidents
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 15/11/2019

Trauma paramedics in the London Ambulance Service control room can request remote access to callers’ phone cameras so they can quickly understand a patient’s injuries and what resources are needed.

More alerts about medical device security flaws
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 15/11/2019

A series of recent advisories from the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, or CERT, deals with products from Philips and Medtronic that have vulnerabilities - including weak encryption, improper authentication, and hard-coded credentials.

FDA clears 2 AI applications for use in imaging studies
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 14/11/2019

The Food and Drug Administration is ramping up the pace in clearing the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare imaging.

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