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International health IT week in review: November 5

5 November 2023
By Kate McDonald

India’s digital personal data protection act, Ontario hospitals still on code grey, Palantir and NHS England’s FDP, US Medicaid paying for four virtual care modes, Dubai’s digital transformation journey, patients choosing apps and portals to access medical records, Canada can save $500m a year through ePrescribing

India is piloting ambitious digital health initiatives while neglecting data safeguards

Scroll ~ Shivangi Rai & Shefali Malhotra ~ 31/10/2023

The Digital Personal Data Protection Act, which came into force in August, has few provisions that to secure the sensitive health data of citizens.

5 Ontario hospitals still reeling from ransomware attack

Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 02/11/2023

Five regional hospitals in Ontario, Canada are operating under “Code Gray,” meaning they still have no access to patients’ electronic health records and other critical data nearly two weeks after an attack on their shared IT services provider.

Palantir CEO acknowledges FDP could aid NHS data being sold in future

Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 30/10/2023

Alex Karp, co-founder and CEO of Palantir, acknowledged that the Federated Data Platform (FDP) could make it easier for a future UK government to sell off NHS data.

Half of US states reimburse for 4 common forms of virtual care

mHealth Intelligence ~ Anuja Vaidya ~ 27/10/2023

A new report shows that 25 states reimburse for video, store-and-forward, and audio-only telehealth, as well as remote patient monitoring through Medicaid.

The current state of Dubai’s healthcare digital transformation journey

Healthcare IT News ~ Rachel McArthur ~ 27/10/2023

The emirate’s health authority has been on a steady mission to improve and revolutionise healthcare since 2014.

More patients are accessing their online medical records, with app users leading the charge

FierceHealthcare ~ Dave Muoio ~ 27/10/2023

More patients are accessing their medical records online via patient portals or apps and are doing so more often than in years past, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Opinion: Nationwide digital prescription service could unlock millions in funds for healthcare in Canada

Star Phoenix ~ Jamie Bruce ~ 11/10/2023

Extensive scoping reviews by Canada Health Infoway show that at full scale, the national implementation of e-prescribing alone represents an estimated $500 million (CAD) in savings annually that could then be reinvested in the healthcare system.

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