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International health IT week in review: July 31

Written by Kate McDonald on .

Oracle Cerner fronts Congress as US VA EHR modernization program hits more hurdles, heatwave knocks out Guy’s and St Thomas’, HIE data for COVID-19 patient-focused outcomes research, Teladoc reports $10b loss, Thailand’s Mor Prom mobile app, patients like doctors using EMRs, NHS app as digital front door, telehealth fraud

Internal email outlines changes to Oracle Cerner EHR business unit
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 07/22/2022

Upon its acquisition, the Cerner EHR business is now called Oracle Health, one of Oracle’s global industry units (GIUs).

Oracle exec testifies before Senate on EHR modernization
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 07/26/2022

The Electronic Health Record Modernization program initiated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs is among the most complex IT projects in history, with a timeline stretching over a decade and carrying, at present, at least, a $16 billion price tag.

VA delays Boise EHR implementation amidst patient safety concerns
EHR Intelligence ~ Hannah Nelson ~ 07/25/2022

Officials from Oracle Cerner have said that many problems with system integration were expected and repairable.

London NHS trust cancels operations as IT system fails in heatwave
The Guardian ~ Denis Campbell ~ 07/22/2022

The situation means that doctors cannot see patients’ medical notes remotely and are having to write down the results of all examinations by hand.

Guy’s and St Thomas’: Hospitals in meltdown over IT issues – whistleblower
BBC ~ Leana Hosea ~ 07/28/2022

A whistleblower has warned a London hospital is “literally in meltdown” after its IT system was knocked out during last week’s heatwave.

ONC mulls health information exchange data for patient-centered research
EHR Intelligence ~ Sarai Rodriguez ~ 07/28/2022

ONC has announced a new project to leverage health information exchange (HIE) data to support COVID-19 focused patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) by implementing new data standards and technology.

Teladoc takes hefty impairment charge in Q2 with losses mounting to nearly $10B
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 07/27/2022

In the first quarter, Teladoc took a $6.6 billion hit to write down the value of its Livongo acquisition two years ago. With those two impairment charges, the company’s losses have ballooned to $9.8 billion in the first half of the year.

Mor Prom to transition from Covid to a full healthcare app
Thaiger ~ Neill Fronde ~ 07/26/2022

Developed and evolved during the pandemic to be an all-purpose Covid-19 centre, the Mor Prom mobile app will now be transitioned into a new life as Thailand’s online health platform.

Mayo Clinic, Mercy working together on major 10-year data initiative
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 07/27/2022

The collaboration, which will see the health systems working with deidentified data for algorithm development and validation, will focus on patient outcomes and aim toward “personalized, predictive and proactive medicine.”

ML models can help optimize COVID-19 hospital admission decisions
Health IT Analytics ~ Shania Kennedy ~ 07/27/2022

Researchers developed and implemented an EHR-embedded clinical decision support system that leverages machine learning to estimate short-term risk for clinical deterioration in COVID-19 patients.

Healthcare data breach costs reach record high at $10M per attack: IBM report
FierceHealthcare ~ Heather Landi ~ 07/27/2022

A healthcare data breach now comes with a record-high price tag—to the tune of $10.1 million on average, according to IBM Security’s annual Cost of a Data Breach Report.

Is physician EHR use a detriment to the patient experience?
EHR Intelligence ~ Sarai Rodriguez ~ 07/27/2022

Two-thirds of physicians reported that EHR use negatively impacted patient experience, but patients felt differently, with 91 percent of patients saying physician EHR use had a positive impact.

US investor buys major share of Intelerad
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 07/27/2022

American private equity giant TA Associates has invested more than $400 million for a 30-percent stake in Montreal’s Intelerad Medical Systems Inc., one of a handful of medical imaging software companies competing in the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) marketplace.

NHS App handles 16 million repeat prescriptions over the last year
Digital Health News ~ Cora Lydon ~ 07/25/2022

“Our vision is to transform the NHS App into a front door for the NHS, with many exciting new features and changes planned over the coming months and years from better access to your GP record, to booking your Covid vaccine appointments.”

Dozens charged in sprawling $1.2B telehealth and genetics fraud crackdown
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 07/22/2022

The coordinated investigations primarily targeted the alleged payment of kickbacks and bribes by lab operators in exchange for the referral of patients by medical professionals working with allegedly fraudulent telemedicine and digital health companies.


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