International health IT week in review: January 24

Interop expert Tripathi to head ONC, African Union using blockchain for digital passport, regulating medical software, mandatory data guardians, Canadian EMR market, data aids Israel’s vaccination program, Austria’s E-Impfpass, improv actors help doctors Zoom, data sharing throttled

Micky Tripathi named by Biden administration to lead ONC
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 21/01/2021

As National Coordinator for Health IT, the interoperability veteran will bring deep standards expertise as the rubber hits the road on nationwide API-based data exchange.

AU member states adopt digital Covid certificates
The East African ~ Anthony Kitimo ~ 21/01/2021

The mobile-based global health information applications are powered by secure blockchain technology and also carry information about the Africa CDC mutual recognition protocol for Covid-19 testing, pre-entry and exit requirements but most importantly, a traveller’s test results.

In the final days of Trump administration, agencies clashed over how to regulate medical AI
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 21/01/2021

The Food and Drug Administration had just mapped out a plan for how it would regulate changes to AI-based medical software in the future, when the Department of Health and Human Services proposed that the FDA should cease to review some software tools altogether.

All health and social care bodies required to appoint Caldicott Guardians
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 21/01/2021

Caldicott Guardians are responsible for protecting the confidentiality of patient and service user information within their organisation.

Should digital health passports be denied entry?
Techerati ~ James Orme ~ 21/01/2021

For proponents the digitalisation of vaccination data is a necessary component of the global Covid-19 exit strategy. But critics have raised concerns over potential data privacy, health and discrimination implications.

Live testing of digital Covid-19 immunity passport launched
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 18/01/2021

The digital passport enables a person’s test results or vaccination status to be registered and proved on an app without disclosing their identity, the companies claim.

E-Impfpass': What you need to know about Austria's electronic vaccination certificate
The Local ~ Daniel Wighton ~ 17/01/2021

Unlike Austria’s electronic health record you cannot opt out of the electronic certificate scheme.

Poor data flows ‘throttled’ timely response to Covid-19
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 14/01/2021

A lack of data integration across the health and social care sectors “throttled” the timely sharing of vital information to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report has found.

So long, fax machines? CMS finalizes rule aimed at streamlining prior authorizations, improving data sharing
FierceHealthcare ~ Tina Reed ~ 15/01/2021

The rule requires payers in certain government programs to build application programming interfaces (APIs) for data exchange and prior authorization.

Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Cerner join coalition to provide digital access to Covid-19 vaccine records
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 15/01/2021

A coalition, comprising of health technology companies, providers and nonprofits will establish an initiative to provide people with digital access to their Covid-19 vaccination records.

Epic v Cerner v Meditech v Allscripts: who is winning Canada’s EHR battle?
MedCity News ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 14/01/2021

Meditech continues to hold the largest EMR market share in Canada, but it is losing customers mostly to Epic, which has seen a rapid rise in popularity, a new KLAS report shows.

Commissioner weighs in on ransomware attack
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 13/01/2021

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan released a report on a cyberattack that hit eHealth Saskatchewan in December 2019, calling the breach one of the most serious ever to affect the province.

How is technology and data helping Israel become the first country to vanquish Covid-19?
CTech ~ Elihay Vidal ~ 10/01/2021

Israel is well on its way to vaccinating its entire adult population and in exchange for delivering millions of vaccine doses, the government has pledged to give drugmaker Pfizer medical data on the millions of vaccine recipients from the health system’s vast databases.

Some doctors are Zooming with improv actors to get better at delivering bad news. Here's why
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 22/12/2020

As doctor appointments have shifted from in-person encounters to video visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, some physicians have little choice but to break bad news to patients over Zoom.

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