International health IT week in review: September 19

SDOH data exchange, hacking hospitals, data breach notifications, digital healthcare standards, US trends in telehealth, AI for cancer screening could lead to over-diagnosis, wearables data exposed, app for long Covid, England scraps plans for domestic vaccine passport, Malaysia’s MySejahtera vaccine certificate app

DirectTrust launches consensus body for SDOH data exchange interoperability
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 16/09/2021

DirectTrust has announced the launch of a consensus body to advance social determinants of health (SDOH) data exchange interoperability.

Cyberattacks on health care are rising — but many hospitals aren’t prepared
Discover Magazine ~ Molly Glick ~ 14/09/2021

Hackers are ramping up medical system breaches and demanding large ransoms, highlighting the dark side of increasingly digital-focused patient care.

FTC: health app, device makers must report breaches
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 16/09/2021

Under the rule’s requirements, vendors of personal health records and PHR-related entities must notify U.S. consumers and the FTC when there has been a breach of unsecured identifiable health information, or face civil penalties for violations, the FTC says.

PRSB officially launches vendor-backed scheme to promote standards
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 15/09/2021

The Standards Partnership Scheme aims to help digital technology software suppliers to implement standards within their product that will ensure health and care professionals can deliver the integrated care that’s needed.

Telehealth has grown by leaps at doc practices, with wide variance in usage patterns
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 15/09/2021

More than 70% of physicians surveyed for the new AMA Physician Practice Benchmark Survey work in practices that use video conferencing, with virtual care especially popular among specialists such as dermatologists and urologists.

AI could lead to ‘overdiagnosis’ of breast cancer, tech body warns
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 15/09/2021

Using artificial intelligence to screen for breast cancer poses a “significant risk of overdiagnosis”, a leading tech body has said.

Fitbit, Apple fitness tracker data exposed on unprotected database
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 14/09/2021

The database came from GetHealth, a New York City-based company that provides an API for wearables. It also pulls data from sources like 23andMe, Daily Mile, FatSecret, GoogleFit, Microsoft and Android Sensor.

Clinic: EHR data too damaged to recover post-attack
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 14/09/2021

An Arizona-based family medical practice says it is attempting to reconstruct thousands of patients' electronic health records following a May ransomware attack that badly corrupted the records as well as backup data.

Salford long Covid patients given access to app which helps track recovery
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 13/09/2021

The app, which was developed by Elaros, in partnership with The University of Leeds NHS Trust, allows patients to self-report symptoms of long-Covid and chart what impact it is having on their daily wellbeing.

Plans for Covid passports in England scrapped, Sajid Javid confirms
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 13/09/2021

Plans to introduce Covid-19 vaccine passports as proof of vaccination for nightclubs and large events have been scrapped, the health secretary has said.

RemoteICU sues over HHS telehealth restrictions
Healthcare IT News ~ Kat Jercich ~ 13/09/2021

The agency currently does not allow payment for critical-care telemedicine if the physician is located outside the United States.

HHS warns health sector of BlackMatter attacks
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 13/09/2021

Federal regulators are alerting healthcare and public health sector entities of the "elevated threat" for potential ransomware attacks by BlackMatter, despite the gang's purported claims that it is not targeting "critical infrastructure" organizations, such as hospitals.

Majority of hospitals stumbled on public health reporting before the strain of a global pandemic
FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 13/09/2021

Seventy-one percent of hospital leaders surveyed in early 2020 said they experienced at least one challenge when attempting to electronically report to public health agencies during 2019, according to a recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Covid-19 digital certificate: Mosti, MOH to carry out data cleanup
Malay Mail ~ Staff writer ~ 11/09/2021

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) and the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) will carry out data clean up to tackle the problem faced by fully vaccinated individuals whose Covid-19 digital certificate does not appear on their MySejahtera mobile application.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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