International health IT week in review: February 28

EMR burnout, Canadian provincial PMS fail, FHIR API links PMS to Apple Health Records, RwandAir to trial IATA travel pass, Google building health record search tool, NHS digital assessment criteria, COVID-19 app for aged care, COVID-19 dataset, Ryuk targeting French hospitals, IBM Watson Health sale

Experts underestimated EHRs' impact on burnout after HITECH Act
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 19/02/2021

Many 2020 fellows labeled concerns around decreased data quality from cut/paste behaviors, forced workarounds due to EHR limitations, increase in documentation and reporting requirements, and clinician cognitive load as "much worse than we expected."

N.B. electronic medical records system rollout botched, says auditor general
CBC News ~ Jacques Poitras ~ 23/02/2021

The New Brunswick government botched the rollout of an electronic medical record system for doctors, leading to $26 million of provincial and federal money being spent on a tool that fewer than half of the province's physicians adopted.

DrChrono's open FHIR API lets patients add their EHR to Apple Health Records
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 19/02/2021

With a single authentication, iPhone owners whose providers use DrChrono's OnPatient will be able to consolidate their records within Apple's PHR.

RwandAir to become first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass
The New Times ~ Edwin Ashimwe ~ 23/02/2021

RwandAir, the national carrier, is set to become the first African airline to trial the innovative new IATA Travel Pass starting April this year, following a partnership with the global body that facilitates international air travel.

Google, Ascension expand pilot of health record search tool
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 23/02/2021

Called Care Studio, the tool is designed to pull a patient’s health records into a central location, where physicians can search for certain terms, and more easily view lab results, medication and procedure orders, and progress notes.

Covid-19 app rolled out across more Greater Manchester care homes
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 25/02/2021

The digital tracker has now also been adapted to record Covid-19 vaccination consent and when a vaccine is given to care home residents.

Emirates and DHA to launch COVID-19 digital verification system for travel
Healthcare IT News ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 25/02/2021

In the coming months, the Dubai-based airline will work with the DHA to link IT systems of approved laboratories with the airline’s reservations and check-in systems.

NHSX launches criteria to streamline assessment of digital health tools
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 24/02/2021

The Digital Technology Assessment Criteria (DTAC) applies to all types of digital health technologies, from public facing health apps to hospital systems such as electronic patient records.

Google-boosted data platform enables new COVID-19 modeling
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 24/02/2021

Developed by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard, Northeastern, Oxford and other academic organizations, the new dataset offers researchers access to more than 5 million anonymized cases from more than 100 countries.

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir
Sky News ~ Rowland Manthorpe ~ 24/02/2021

Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1.

France warns of stolen healthcare credentials
Information Security Media Group ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 23/02/2021

French authorities are warning the country's healthcare sector of the discovery of a glut of stolen credentials, apparently belonging to hospitals workers, that were found for sale on the dark web.

France to invest €1bn in cybersecurity as hospitals targeted
The Connexion ~ Staff writer ~ 20/02/2021

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a plan to allocate one billion euros to strengthen cybersecurity in France, with €350million to be dedicated to hospitals, the target of more and more attacks since last year.

Apple limits pandemic ‘health pass’ apps
MedCity News ~ Elise Reuter ~ 18/02/2021

With a number of testing or vaccine pass apps being developed, Apple said it will only accept ones that are being developed in conjunction with test kit manufacturers, laboratories, healthcare providers or other entities recognized by public health authorities.

IBM explores sale of IBM Watson Health
Wall Street Journal ~ Laura Cooper and Cara Lombardo ~ 18/02/2021

The unit, which employs artificial intelligence to help hospitals, insurers and drugmakers manage their data, has roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and isn’t currently profitable.

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