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International health IT week in review: May 21

21 May 2023
By Kate McDonald

US DVA beefs up $10b Oracle Cerner contract, automated patient registrations for NHS GPs, US FTC ups scrutiny of digital health apps, French health portal Doctissimo fined for breaches of personal data, remote medications administration, voice assistant integrated with Epic, Ontario eHub HIE, defence against QR code ‘quishing’

VA renegotiates $10B Oracle Cerner EHR contract with stronger performance metrics, bigger penalties

FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 17/05/2023

The Department of Veterans Affairs renegotiated its contract with Oracle Cerner to beef up accountability for tech glitches and patient safety issues with its beleaguered electronic health records project.

Online GP registrations reach 240,000 as new digital NHS service grows

Digital Health News ~ Andrea Chipman ~ 16/05/2023

The patient’s information is then automatically emailed to GP practices in a structured format aligned to their IT systems, helping reduce the time it takes staff to process registrations.

FTC steps up scrutiny of digital health apps with proposed changes to data privacy rule

FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 18/05/2023

The Federal Trade Commission is tightening the reins on digital health apps sharing consumers’ sensitive medical data with tech companies.

Health website Doctissimo fined €380,000 by French privacy watchdog

RFI ~ Staff writer ~ 18/05/2023

The health website Doctissimo has been fined €380,000 for breaches of personal data, the French digital rights watchdog CNIL has said.

Medway virtual ward strategy enables drug administration at home

Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 18/05/2023

According to Medway, a day on the virtual ward costs £187.51. In comparison, a stay on a conventional ward for haematology patients is £460, rising to £658 for a respiratory patient.

Epic integrates Suki’s voice assistant into its EHR

MedCity News ~ Katie Adams ~ 17/05/2023

By calling out to Suki’s assistant, a physician can quickly access information about their patient, ranging from medications to vital signs to allergies to surgical histories.

Ontario hospitals launch info exchange using Oracle

Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 17/05/2023

A group of 21 Ontario-based hospitals and facilities are now benefitting from Ontario eHub Health Information Exchange (HIE) powered by Oracle Health.

Tips to prevent ‘quishing’ and protect patient data

Healthcare IT News ~ Andrea Fox ~ 12/05/20223

QR codes designed to improve data transfer can entice healthcare data breaches.

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