International health IT week in review: December 15

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 15: NHS in secret talks with big tech over patient data, digital health formulary, paper scripts and opioids, 11-country survey of GPs on IT, GP genome screening, digital pathology solution, inconsistent EMRs, Amazon's digital voice scribe, five million vets with PHR, spatial computing in healthcare, AI institute

NHS bosses meet with tech giants to discuss commercial patient database
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/11/2019

Key players from the NHS, big tech and pharma have held meetings to discuss how to commercialise tens of millions of medical records culled from a massive new proposed national patient record database.


Express Scripts selects first crop of tech tools to include on new digital health formulary
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 12/11/2019

America’s largest pharmacy benefit manager announced in May that it intended to create an industry-first digital health formulary to make it easier for health insurers to vet the tools for their members, especially as the number of solutions available in the market continues to grow.


Walmart pharmacies will continue to accept paper prescriptions for controlled substances
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 11/12/2019

The problem is that only 44% of providers are currently set up to meet the requirement for electronic prescriptions for controlled substances, the AMA said in a letter to Walmart.


While US leads in IT tools for patients, primary care doctors still struggle to coordinate care
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 11/12/2019

The survey of more than 13,200 primary care physicians in 11 countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States), finds U.S. doctors are challenged to coordinate specialty care and social services for patients.


GP patients to be offered whole-genome screening in UK-first study
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 11/12/2019

Some one thousand GP patients in London will have their genomes screened to assess the feasibility of testing for faulty genes that increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.


Leica and Sectra partner on digital pathology
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 11/12/2019

The goal is for the integrated clinical digital pathology solution to address the clinical needs of enterprise level customers such as academic medical centres, clinical research organizations and large hospital networks.


Babylon rated ‘good’ after previous concerns around ‘unsafe’ prescribing
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/12/2019

Babylon has been rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) two years after the company was found to be providing unsafe care in previous reports.


Key suppliers of electronic medical records ‘need to be more interoperable’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 10/12/2019

Researchers at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London examined inconsistencies with electronic medical record (EMR) systems across 152 acute hospital trusts in NHS England over a one-year period.


Amazon’s machine learning transcription service aims to ease docs’ tasks
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 09/12/2019

Cerner, for example is using the product in an initial development of a digital voice scribe that automatically listens to clinician and patient interactions and captures the conversation in text form.


VA personal health record, patient portal exceed 5 million users
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 09/12/2019

More than 5 million American veterans have registered for the My HealtheVet personal health record and patient portal to enable them to better manage their healthcare.


You know VR, AR but what is spatial computing?
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 06/12/2019

Magic Leap aims to apply spatial computing in healthcare to improve surgical planning, medical education and patient consultation.


VA creates National Artificial Intelligence Institute to advance R&D
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 05/12/2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system, is centralizing the agency’s efforts to advance its artificial intelligence research and development capabilities.


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