International health IT week in review: January 19

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending January 19: Win10 vulnerabilities and health IT, trust in Google Health, Saskatchewan ransomware attack, EOL for Win7, digital wound care tool, Mayo Clinic's AI platform, US health IT strategy, EMR deskwork, EMR search tool, child mental health apps, US DoD's Cerner roll-out, doctor task automation

Why patching windows is so urgent in healthcare sector
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 16/01/2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is alerting healthcare organizations to the urgency of patching the Microsoft Windows 10 severe vulnerability revealed by the National Security Agency and dozens of other vulnerabilities disclosed by Microsoft.

Google Health has the data, but can it gain patients’ trust?
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 15/01/2020

Google Health’s vice president explained the company’s controversial partnership with Ascension Health, which stirred questions about privacy as tech companies seek a larger role in healthcare.

Ransomware attack on eHealth forces 31 cancer patients to re-schedule radiation treatment
CBC ~ Dan Zakreski ~ 15/01/2020

A ransomware attack on the computer system that stores confidential medical data for Saskatchewan residents ended up affecting almost 40 patients getting cancer treatment in Saskatoon and Regina.

Why a new decade should be the end of the line for old operating systems
Health Data Management ~ John Nye ~ 16/01/2020

There were countless discussions on the best way to keep XP on networks past the official EOL from Microsoft. However, there were far too few discussions about actively removing XP.

Electronic prescription error lead to woman’s death, coroner finds
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/01/2020

Unknown to the GP, the change meant the prescription for amoxycillin would not be available to download by the pharmacist. launches wound care tech in US
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 15/01/2020

The new tool is aimed at helping nurses measure and keep track of wounds.

Mayo Clinic launches first platform initiative
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 15/01/2020

Its new analytics project will apply AI to deidentified data from across Mayo and other health systems, and comb scientific literature to gain insights into new medical advances.

ONC unveils draft federal health it strategic plan
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 15/01/2020

The 2020-2025 plan aligns with the 21st Century Cures Act's interoperability and patient access provisions.

HHS reveals draft of 5-year 'Strategic Health IT Plan'
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 15/01/2020

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a draft of a five-year strategic health IT plan that is largely focused on providing patients with secure access to their health information as well as supporting secure, interoperable health information exchange among healthcare providers.

For each patient visit, physicians spend about 16 minutes on EHRs, study finds
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 14/01/2020

The study looked at about 100 million patient visits to 155,000 U.S. physicians and found they spend an average of 16 minutes and 14 seconds per patient encounter using EHRs, with chart review (33%), documentation (24%) and ordering (17%) accounting for most of the time.

Google Health’s Streams app to go live at Barnet Hospital
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 13/01/2020

Google Health’s Streams app, which provides a rapid alert when patients are at risk of acute kidney injury (AKI), is due to go live at Barnet Hospital this month.

App helps ED doctors quickly search EHR for conditions
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/01/2020

A clinical decision support app, integrated into the electronic health record, enables emergency department physicians to sort through a patient’s medical history for certain conditions in seconds.

Teladoc to acquire InTouch Health for $600m
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 12/01/2020

Publicly-traded telehealth company Teladoc will acquire competitor InTouch Health for $600 million.

Three in ten GPs recommend apps to ease pressure on CAMHS
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 09/01/2020

Three in 10 GPs are advising parents of children with mental health problems to use apps, as NHS services struggle to cope with a growing number of young patients, a survey has found.

DoD: EHR at new sites ‘running smooth’ 120 days after rollout
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/01/2020

The Department of Defense contends that its implementation in September of a new Cerner electronic health record system at four more military medical facilities has gone off without a hitch.

AI, imaging system able to accurately identify brain tumors
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/01/2020

A new laser-based imaging system combined with artificial intelligence is able to provide accurate, real-time intraoperative diagnosis of brain tumors.

Physicians expect almost one-third of their jobs to be automated by 2040, Stanford Medicine report finds
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 10/01/2020

Doctors say digital technology and data are driving change that will create a different world of medicine in the next couple of decades, a new report from Stanford Medicine finds.

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