International health IT week in review: November 28

International patient summary, NHS Digital and NHSX axed, Ireland’s plans for health data sharing, Singapore’s COVID certificate, EMR notes and overtime, Vocera and Amazon team up for Alexa in hospital, medical device bias

One step closer to interoperability: applying SNOMED CT’s engine to the international patient summary
Korea Bizwire ~ Staff writer ~ 25/11/2021

At SNOMED International’s recent October Business Meetings held in London, the organization’s governance bodies enacted a decision to extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS.)

Long-awaited Wade-Gery review into NHS IT organisations is published
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 24/11/2021

The review states that despite much good work, digital transformation is currently fragmented across the system, split between different agencies and is “often overshadowed by requirements of the day-to-day”.

HIQA asks public to give feedback on a consent model for the collection, use and sharing of health information
Irish Tech News ~ Shane Leonard ~ 23/11/2021

HIQA is developing these recommendations to inform national legislation, policy and strategy for health information as electronic health information systems are progressed in Ireland.

S'pore's Covid-19 certificate now recognised as equivalent of EU's certificate
The Straits Times ~ Timothy Goh ~ 24/11/2021

The European Commission announced on Wednesday that Covid-19 certificates issued by Singapore are now recognised as the equivalent of the EU's Digital Covid Certificate.

EHR documenation styles may impact work hours, clinician burden
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 23/11/2021

First-year medicine residents who wrote clinical notes in a localized time period during the morning or afternoon spent less time at work, according to a study published in JAMIA.

Amazon health IT partnership aims to enhance clinical communication
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 24/11/2021

The HIPAA-eligible solution will leverage a set of technologies from Alexa Smart Properties to allow patients and families to receive information about their stay through simple voice requests spoken to an Amazon Echo in the patient’s room.

Race Equality Foundation says UK review into medical device bias is not enough
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 24/11/2021

Government review will examine the impact of devices such as oximeters on patients from different ethnic groups.

Industry: Unifying tech bodies makes sense but momentum must continue
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/11/2021

Part of the change will see NHS Digital becoming the CIO directorate, while NHSX will evolve into the strategy function in the NHS’ newly formed Transformation directorate – which aims to maintain the pace of innovation seen during the pandemic.

NHS Digital and NHSX to merge with NHS England
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 22/11/2021

NHS Digital will become the CIO directorate and NHSX will evolve into the strategy function in the Transformation directorate.

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