International health IT week in review: November 22

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 22: Amazon launches online pharmacy offering, South Africa's health patient registration system, patient photos in EMRs, telehealth in EMRs, telehealth convenience, virtual outpatients, tech supports early discharge for COVID patients, home testing for COVID, virtual care digital literacy, poor NHS interoperability

With pharmacy debut, Amazon unlikely to ‘blow up’ prescription pricing
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 17/11/2020

Two years ago, when Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack for $753 million, it hinted at plans that the retail giant might enter the pharmacy business someday soon. Now, Amazon is showing its hand.

Amazon jumps into the pharmacy business with online prescription fulfillment
CNBC ~ Christina Farr ~ 17/11/2020

Amazon is entering the pharmacy business with a new offering called Amazon Pharmacy, allowing customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery, including free delivery for Amazon Prime members.

Government has already registered over 45 million South Africans to its NHI database
Businesstech ~ Staff writer ~ 19/11/2020

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that the system was developed to assist with the implementation of the NHI and will act as a ‘backbone of an electronic health patient record’.

Adding patient photos to EHR significantly reduces order errors, study finds
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 20/11/2020

Placing orders for the wrong patient, though rare, can lead to serious harm if left unchecked. Brigham and Women's Hospital implemented a simple protocol that lowered these errors by 35%.

After COVID-19, telehealth's momentum will be sustained by younger consumers seeking convenience
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 19/11/2020

New data from a 2,052-person survey suggest that older healthcare consumers value their trusted providers, while younger generations are willing to pay a "convenience premium" for easy-to-access virtual care.

How one NHS trust moved to virtual outpatient appointments
Digital Health News ~ Martin Sadler ~ 17/11/2020

Moving 90% of outpatient appointments to telephone and video is making services far easier to access for patients in one of the most deprived parts of England.

Dutch home monitoring app shortening hospital stays for COVID-19 patients
MobiHealthNews ~ Sara Mageit ~ 18/11/2020

COVID-19 patients who have not yet fully recovered, but are stable, may voluntarily take early discharge. A reduction of 134 admission days was recorded in a group of 33 patients.

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for self-testing at home
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 18/11/2020

Lucira's molecular testing kit allows individuals to collect their own nasal sample and insert it into a device that provides results in under 30 minutes. The company is aiming to sell the single-use tests for roughly $50.

Public needs more information about virtual care
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/11/2020

A large survey of Canadians has found that while they overwhelmingly approve of virtual healthcare – as it helps reduce barriers and improve access to care providers – nearly six in 10 Canadians feel they don’t know enough about digital health apps and services.

NHS England report calls for law to require greater sharing of patient data
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 17/11/2020

The review carried out for health secretary, Matt Hancock, highlights the issue of poor interoperability between NHS computer systems, which means clinicians cannot see or understand what medications patients are taking or when a medication should be reviewed.

Most clinicians can't access telehealth directly from EHRs
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 17/11/2020

Although most providers say telehealth is positively influencing clinical outcomes, many say challenges remain, from workflow to reimbursement rates.

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