International health IT week in review: June 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 7: Lancet study retracted in face of growing data set scandal, inappropriate access to EMRs, drive-through service for pacemakers, dodgy COVID-19 apps, EMR safety, EMR rolls out during pandemic, machine learning for historical data, non-contact patient monitoring

A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling
Science ~ Kelly Servick and Martin Enserink ~ 02/06/2020

A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that coronavirus patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm—a known side effect thought to be rare—and were more likely to die in the hospital.

Concerns build over Surgisphere’s COVID-19 dataset
The Scientist ~ Catherine Offord ~ 02/06/2020

Both studies relied on Surgisphere Corporation’s database, which the papers state contains COVID-19 patient data from hundreds of hospitals around the world.

Inappropriate access to records continued for 8 years
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 04/06/2020

A radiology technician allegedly inappropriately accessed thousands of patient records for more than eight years, according to a newly filed breach report from Kaiser Permanente.

Telehealth's post-COVID challenge: integrating in-person care
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 03/06/2020

Dr. Joe Kvedar, president-elect of the American Telemedicine Association, says providers have to figure out how to optimize the combination of virtual care and in-office visits.

Drive-through service for patients with pacemakers
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 03/06/2020

This remote clinic is intended to eliminate the backlog that has been growing since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

COVID-19 apps want user data, but few say they'll protect it
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 02/06/2020

A recent sample of 50 worldwide COVID-19 apps published in Nature Medicine highlights found only 16 that promised to anonymize, encrypt and secure the data they collect.

EHRs still posing big safety risks in many hospitals
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 02/06/2020

A decade-long study just published in JAMA finds a wide variance in the safety performance of operational EHR systems, especially when it comes to reducing adverse drug events.

Gloucestershire Hospitals ‘holds nerve’ in deploying EPR during Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 01/06/2020

The e-observation functionality is helping the trust manage patients during the Covid-19 outbreak, identifying patients with the virus and including results on the system.

NHSX publishes AI buyers guide to ensure safety and efficiency
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 28/05/2020

NHSX has published a buyers checklist to aid trusts and healthcare providers in the procurement of artificial intelligence solutions.

AI is helping reinvent CDS, unlock COVID-19 insights at Mayo Clinic
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 29/05/2020

John Halamka describes how clinicians at Mayo are benefiting from machine learning-powered approaches to imaging, predictive analytics and other types of decision support – and using machine learning to mine historical data for new treatments.

COVID-19 has accelerated adoption of non-contact patient monitoring technology
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 29/05/2020

Report predicts shift away from wearables to video analytics and mobile platforms.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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