International health IT week in review: May 3

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending May 3: HIPAA future after COVID, EMRs and pandemic, NHS contact tracing app plans, COVID skills on Alexa, FHIR use cases, audio-only telehealth, extra info on Summary Care Record, de-identified data for COVID research, free telehealth of US uninsured, telemedicine kiosks in aged care

As coronavirus strikes, crucial data in electronic health records hard to harvest
Kaiser Health news ~ Fred Schulte ~ 30/04/2020

Over the past decade, federal officials have spent some $36 billion switching from paper to electronic health records, or EHRs, expecting, among other things, to harness volumes of medical data to reveal which treatments work best.


Will Covid-19 kill HIPAA? No, but…
MedCity News ~ Arundhati Parmar ~ 27/04/2020

Doctors, lawyers, data privacy and security experts weigh in on the future of HIPAA after rules have been relaxed to better tackle the public health crisis that Covid-19 represents.


NHSX differs with Apple and Google over contact-tracing app
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 30/04/2020

Waiting for Apple and Google to release their contact tracing technology would slow the development of the NHS Covid-19 app “quite considerably”, NHSX chief executive Matthew Gould has said.


French firm Withings launches under-the-mattress sleep tracking mat
MobiHealthNews ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 29/04/2020

It utilises a pneumatic sensor to measure respiratory rate, body movement and continuous heart rate in order to track users’ sleep cycles (deep, light, and REM) and cycle durations, as well as overall sleep duration.


Mayo Clinic adds COVID-19 skills to Amazon Alexa
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 29/04/2020

Among the skills are a COVID-19 self-assessment tool, which helps users assess symptoms and determine whether they're candidates for testing.


New HHS rule calls for FHIR use cases to aid data exchange
Healthcare IT News ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 28/04/2020

The inclusion of requirements for data sharing in the new rule lines up closely with two Da Vinci Project use cases for which implementation guides have been developed.


AMGA, other physician groups urge CMS to count audio-only telehealth for risk adjustment
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 28/04/2020

More than 100 medical groups and independent practice associations are urging CMS to extend the eligibility for risk adjustment payment to audio-only telehealth services, such as talking to patients over landline phones.


Additional information to be automatically added to Summary Care Record
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 28/04/2020

It will include significant medical history (past and present), reasons for medications, care plan information and immunisations.


Experts warn of technical limitations of contact tracing for coronavirus
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 27/04/2020

This report comes as news breaks that the UK has decided not to use Apple and Google's contact-tracing tech as originally planned.


Cerner, AWS partner to make COVID-19 data available to researchers
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 27/04/2020

Healthcare technology company Cerner and Amazon Web Services are teaming up to offer researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic access to de-identified patient data.


Massachusetts' uninsured can access free COVID-19 telehealth visits via Doctor on Demand
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 24/04/2020

Uninsured Massachusetts residents now have 24-7 access to free COVID-19 telehealth visits following a new partnership between Doctor on Demand and the Commonwealth.


Telemedicine triage kiosks reduce ER visits by 11% for ACO
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 24/04/2020

AICNY thought that if it added telemedicine kiosks to IDD patients’ residential homes and engaged providers with triage expertise, it could more effectively manage people’s medical services “after hours” and on weekends and reduce avoidable ER visits.


Posted in Australian eHealth

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