International health IT week in review: February 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending February 16: Data errors and duplicate records, ransomware costs mount, patient trust in data use, $100m telehealth pilot in US, EU medical device regulations, US VA delays Cerner go-live, consumer wearables more accurate than research, AI for ECGs, small hospital EMRs

Poor data quality, weak algorithms lead to patient matching issues
Health IT Analytics ~ Jessica Kent ~ 13/02/2020

The results showed that 66 percent of respondents believe that data entry errors contribute significantly to duplicate records at their organizations.

Ransomware attacks cost healthcare sector at least $160m since 2016
Health IT Security ~ Jessica Davis ~ 13/02/2020

More than 1,500 healthcare organizations have been hit with successful ransomware attacks since 2016, costing the sector over $160 million during that time, according to a recent report from Comparitech.

Data strategies must be designed around patient input, report finds
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/02/2020

“Get it wrong, and the public will withdraw their support. By following our proposals, the NHS can remain the most trusted institution in the UK while maximising the extraordinary potential of its data assets.”

FCC close to finalizing $100M telehealth pilot program
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/02/2020

The Federal Communications Commission will soon move to issue a final order for its new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, which is intended to boost the use of telehealth for underserved patient populations.

Medical device manufacturers face challenges preparing for ‘stringent’ new EU regulation
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 12/02/2020

Trade association raises concern that new regulatory system is not ready to support the transition of technology.

VA delays first go-live of Cerner EHR at Spokane center
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/02/2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to delay the first go-live deployment for its $10 billion Cerner electronic health record system, which was originally slated for next month.

Activity, but not skin tone, can affect wearables' PPG heart rate accuracy
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 11/02/2020

The new investigation also found substantial differences between the performance of specific devices, with consumer products generally outperforming research wearables.

AdventHealth to trade Cerner for Epic
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 11/02/2020

AdventHealth has been a Cerner customer since 2002. The choice to move instead to rival Epic was a business decision driven by the need to improve provider and patient experience.

WiFi: a new way to spread Emotet malware
Information Security Media Group ~ Akshaya Asokan ~ 11/02/2020

The developers of the Emotet Trojan have created a new way to spread it to more victims, security firm Binary Defense reports. Attackers are using unsecured WiFi networks as a way to deliver the malware to more devices.

AI improves diagnosis, reduces false positives from mammo images
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 10/02/2020

A new study, published late last week in the Lancet Digital Health online journal, contends that AI can boost the accuracy of diagnosis by radiologists, compared with the results they achieve by just examining images from mammography exams.

VA requests $2.6b in FY 2021 for Cerner EHR system
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 10/02/2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking $2.6 billion in its Fiscal Year 2021 Budget – $1.2 billion more than in FY 2020 – to continue implementation of its Cerner electronic health record system.

FDA OKs first-of-a-kind AI that guides cardiac imaging
MedCity News ~ Joel Berg ~ 10/02/2020

Amid a growing number of devices use AI to instruct users but Caption Health says its software is the first that helps clinicians perform echocardiograms.

Community hospitals weigh replacing their EHR systems
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 06/02/2020

Cloud-based solutions, which weren’t available a decade ago, are under increasing consideration, according to research based on first quarter results from the 2020 survey of consultancy Black Book.

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