International health IT week in review: February 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending February 23: US information blocking debate, Netherlands to open data to patients, GE cyberscanner, UK considering database of specialist doctors, remote monitoring for coronavirus-exposed patients, Amazon launches virtual health platform for staff, telehealth roadmap for Canada, digital pharmacy service for Wales

How to read between the lines of the healthcare data blocking debate
Health Data Management ~ Niko Skievaski ~ 14/02/2020

Epic foreshadowed a situation like the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, where consumers unknowingly authorized their data to be used for purposes they may not have otherwise authorized.

Dutch minister pledges €75 million to make medical data available to patients online
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 18/02/2020

Hospital patients in the Netherlands will soon be able to view and share medical data about themselves online, following a bill to be presented later this year.

GE Healthcare launches cyberdefense product
MedCity News ~ Joel Berg ~ 20/02/2020

The company unveiled a cybersecurity product that scans for cyber risks and recommends responses using a mix of artificial intelligence and human expertise.

Consultation on database of consultants launched after Paterson inquiry
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 19/02/2020

It follows an inquiry into rogue surgeon Ian Paterson, which concluded a great deal more responsibility for safety was needed, recommending a “single repository of the whole practice of consultants across England” which should be “accessible and understandable to the public”.

Israel's Sheba Hospital turns to telehealth to treat incoming coronavirus-exposed patients
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 19/02/2020

Datos's remote patient monitoring platform and Tyto Care's connected devices will help the hospital treat and monitor patients in quarantine and at home.

Amazon Care, the company’s virtual medical clinic, is now live for Seattle employees
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 18/02/2020

The app provides virtual medical consultations, as well as a way to schedule a follow-up visit from a health professional to a patient’s home or office. It also has a way to deliver prescriptions to the patient’s home.

Recommendations to expand virtual health in Canada
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/02/2020

The Virtual Care Task Force (VCTF), a collaboration of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), released its recommendations for enabling and expanding the implementation of virtual care in Canada.

All-Wales digital pharmacy service to improve prescribing across hospitals
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 18/02/2020

It will link medication dispensing and usage data using nationally recognised standards to allow for a more comprehensive, real time view of this information across Wales.

Watchdog agency: improper use of Medicare data rampant
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 14/02/2020

A federal watchdog agency next week will announce the expansion nationwide of an investigation into inappropriate access and use of Medicare beneficiaries' sensitive information for potential fraud and other unscrupulous activities.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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