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International health IT week in review: November 26

26 November 2023
By Kate McDonald
Image: iStock

Outrage builds as Palantir officially awarded NHS England federated data platform, fears over Palantir “takeover” of FCI, US defense dept “nears completion” of Oracle Health (Cerner) EHR, UK cancer hospital goes openEHR, cybersecurity expert charged with hacking hospitals to get business, US consumers keen on generative AI, eHealth Exchange boosts FHIR adoption

Palantir’s NHS deal faces a trust deficit

Bloomberg ~ Matthew Brooker ~ 24/11/2023

The success of the software company’s deal hinges on convincing the people who actually work in and use the health service to trust it.

Palantir gets £480m contract to run NHS data platform

BMJ ~ Stephen Armstrong ~ 21/11/2023

NHS England has awarded the £480m contract for its federated data platform (FDP) to the US spy technology firm Palantir, in the face of opposition from the BMA, the Doctors’ Association UK, patients’ groups, and privacy campaigners.

Patient privacy fears as US spy tech firm Palantir wins £330m NHS contract

The Guardian ~ Denis Campbell ~ 22/11/2023

The move immediately prompted concerns about the security and privacy of patient medical records and the suitability of Palantir to be given access to and oversight of such sensitive material.

NHS England awards £330m Federated Data Platform contract to Palantir

Digital Health News ~ Jordon Sollof ~ 21/11/2023

NHS England has awarded a contract to operate its future federated data platform project (FDP), worth £330 million, to US data analytics giant Palantir, with support from Accenture, PwC, NECS and Carnall Farrar, NHSE officially announced.

DoD nears completion of Oracle Health EHR implementation

EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 22/11/2023

DoD is “virtually complete” with its Oracle Health EHR implementation, with full deployment slated for March 2024 when the system goes live with the VA EHR.

Disquiet grows over perceived Palantir takeover of FCI

Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 20/11/2023

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) has been wracked by a further round of resignations of trustees, triggered by the ongoing financial and governance crisis, deep disagreements between factions, and deep disquiet among some members about growing ties to Accenture and Palantir.

The Christie to create openEHR Patient, E-Referral solutions with Avenue3

Digital Health News ~ Andrea Chipman ~ 20/11/2023

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has signed a two-year contract with UK consultancy Avenue3 to build and deploy its Patient Engagement Platform and E-Referral solutions, which are underpinned by openEHR technology, making it the first trust in England to do so.

Security firm COO hacked hospitals to drum up business

Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 17/11/2023

Singla was the mastermind behind the attacks and according to federal prosecutors, they were just a ruse to help him drum up business for his company.

US patients believe generative AI can improve healthcare access, affordability, survey finds

FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 17/11/2023

More than half (53%) of U.S. consumers believe generative AI could improve access issues and shorten wait times for medical care, according to a survey by Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions.

eHealth Exchange HIE launches program to boost HL7 FHIR adoption

EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 17/11/2023

The incentive program from eHealth Exchange will reward HIE participants who exchange patient data with payers using the HL7 FHIR data standard as outlined in the HL7 Da Vinci Project.

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