International health IT week in review: June 14

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 14: Patient watched consult recording in Babylon app, Mar-a-Lago crowd and $16b DVA deal, Palantir handling NHS data store, eHealth Saskatchewan hack, £275m EHR for Northern Ireland, after-visit summaries, errors in consult notes, Apple shares COVID-19 data with CDC, Microsoft HoloLens for Covid-19 ward rounds

Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach
BBC ~ Leo Kelion ~ 09/06/2020

The firm was alerted to the problem after one of its users discovered he had been given access to dozens of video recordings of other patients' consultations.


GAO report: Mar-a-Lago crowd had a hand in $16B Cerner contract
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 07/06/2020

Three Trump advisors had a role in evaluating Cerner’s $16 billion contract to build a new health record system for the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office.


Contact-tracing app data ‘could feed into NHS Covid-19 data store’
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 11/06/2020

The data protection impact assessment (DPIA) on the store, managed by controversial firm Palantir, provides the first look at how data will be collected to inform the NHS and government response to the pandemic.


eHealth ransomware attack potentially catastrophic for Sask. health card holders
CBC News ~ Dan Zakreski ~ 11/06/2020

eHealth Saskatchewan does not know what data was taken, who took it, where it went or how it's being used.


Telehealth shows promise for fostering better doc-patient relationships
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 11/06/2020

In a study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings, NYU Langone and Doctor on Demand showed how patients are finding value in virtual care, with many citing a rewarding rapport with their provider.


Northern Ireland signs with Epic for £275m EPR programme
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 10/06/2020

It will also see the country become one of the first parts of the UK to get fully integrated electronic health and social care record systems, replacing a patchwork of ageing legacy systems.


COVID-19 hastens Northern Ireland push for digital health record
Pharmaphorum ~ Phil Taylor ~ 11/06/2020

By 2024, all citizens in Northern Ireland will have a single digital care record that will do away with the outdated patchwork of digital and paper systems used at the moment.


UPMC rolls out smart after-visit summaries for telehealth
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 10/06/2020

UPMC rolled out a new telehealth tool that sends patients a smart after-visit summary. Called Abridge, the tool picks up on physicians’ instructions from their conversation with patients and sends information on medications and next steps.


1 in 5 patients have found errors in visit notes
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 10/06/2020

According to a new JAMA study, patients reported finding mistakes in diagnoses, medical history, medications and more – and practitioners were not always open to correcting the errors.


Patients are using telehealth for convenience, not as a necessity
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 10/06/2020

Patients are continuing to see doctors over video visits but for different reasons now: It's more convenient and faster than going to see the doctor in person.


Poll shows Canadians embracing virtual healthcare
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 10/06/2020

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released a national poll today showing that Canadians are embracing virtual care options and would like to see them not only continued after the COVID-19 crisis subsides but improved and expanded in the future.


Apple adds anonymous symptom and health info sharing to its COVID-19 app and website
TechCrunch ~ Darrell Etherington ~ 09/06/2020

This info, which is not associated with any of their personal identifying data in any way, according to the company, will be used in an aggregated way to help inform the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and improve the organization’s COVID-19 screening protocol.


Imperial College docs using Microsoft HoloLens for Covid-19 ward rounds
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 09/06/2020

By wearing the computer headset, the mixed-reality ward round means only one doctor has to enter the coronavirus ward.


UK government releases details of COVID-19 data-sharing deals with big tech firms after legal action threat
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 08/06/2020

Details of the deals with Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Palantir and Faculty have been published online by openDemocracy.


HHS official: 'Cat out of the bag' on telehealth but unclear what changes will stick
FierceHealthcare ~ Robert King ~ 05/06/2020

A top Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official acknowledged that telehealth is here to stay after an explosion of use due to COVID-19 but hedged on whether new regulatory flexibility on reimbursement is going to stick around.


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