International health IT week in review: March 15

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending March 15: NHS GPs encouraged to triage appointments by telehealth, US data sharing rules, flu vaccine sharing, daft digital health definition, opt-out organ donation, Epic v Cerner on interoperability rules, NHS-approved messaging app, WeDoctor float, online triage, autonomous monitoring at Texas hospitals

GPs urged to go digital to prevent spread of coronavirus
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 10/03/2020

To mitigate any risk that potentially infected patients book appointments online and attend the practice when they should be receiving advice to self-isolate or go through testing, all practices are now being advised to change face-to-face appointments booked online to triage appointments via telephone or video.

HHS releases final data sharing rules
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 09/03/2020

The rule is "unprecedented" in providing patients with "safe and secure" access to their health information using their smartphones, said ONC leader Don Rucker, M.D.

Pharmacies to share flu vaccine data with GPs after successful pilot
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 10/03/2020

Two system suppliers have begun electronically sending information about flu vaccines from pharmacies to GP practices, saving time and reducing errors.

HIMSS launches new definition of digital health
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 10/03/2020

Digital health connects and empowers people and populations to manage health and wellness, augmented by accessible and supportive provider teams working within flexible, integrated, interoperable, and digitally-enabled care environments that strategically leverage digital tools, technologies and services to transform care delivery.

Organ donation law seeing move to opt-out system to come into effect in England
Healthcare IT News ~ Sophie Porter ~ 11/03/2020

As of 15 March, organ donation in England will officially become an opt-out process. This means that all adults in England, with a few exceptions, will automatically be considered potential organ donors unless they actively choose to be excluded.

Cerner, Epic signal different takes on final rules
Healthcare IT News ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 11/03/2020

While Epic says it is reviewing the info blocking and patient access rules to see how they impact four specific areas, Cerner has voiced its "ardent support" to HHS.

Hospify becomes first NHS-approved clinical messaging app
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 09/03/2020

The app, which provides an NHS-compliant platform for sending and receiving messages and can be used by clinicians to share patient information, is now approved for use by professionals and patients across the NHS.

More than one million access NHS 111 support for coronavirus
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/03/2020

At its peak, the service received more than 210,000 enquiries in a single day.

CMS' new interoperability rule requires major changes for payers, hospitals
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 09/03/2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') new interoperability rule will require major changes for payers and hospitals to provide patients access to their health information.

WeDoctor invites banks to lead US$1 billion Hong Kong IPO
IT News ~ Scott Murdoch and Julie Zhu ~ 09/03/2020

Founded in 2010 by artificial intelligence expert Jerry Liao, WeDoctor has more than 210 million registered users mainly in China for its online appointment booking, prescription and diagnosis services. It is also linked to about 3,200 hospitals and 360,000 doctors.

Finnish startup to provide online triage service to GP patients in Hull and York
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 06/03/2020

The system has initially been introduced to patients at two of Haxby Group’s York surgeries and the weekly average of online enquiries had risen from 0.1% at the start, to 24% in under two months of the new system going live.

Texas Hospital Association, partner for AI-fueled autonomous monitoring
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 06/03/2020

The two organizations will establish a joint innovation demonstration in Austin, Texas, where will showcase its Self Aware Room in a simulated hospital environment.

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