International health IT week in review: December 2

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 2: Amazon launches NLP tool, Ping An plans unstaffed AI clinics, Apple ECG app to go live, sepsis algorithms save lives, Ghana's mHealth for hypertension, NHS links ambos to mental health plans, $69b CVS-Aetna deal, Canadian genomics platform, telehealth in Alaska, Cerner FHIR APIs live in Oxford, insurer opens EHR to SA patients

Amazon’s latest healthcare foray is a major step into health informatics
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 28/11/2018

A new software service from the company called Amazon Comprehend Medical uses machine learning and natural language processing to extract relevant medical information from doctors' notes, clinical trial reports and patient health records


Ping An Good Doctor blazes trail in developing unstaffed, AI-assisted clinics in China
South China Morning Post ~ Yingzhi Yang ~ 19/11/2018

China’s biggest online health care services provider plans to build ‘hundreds of thousands’ of its telephone booth-sized, AI-powered clinics and roll these out across the country in three years.


Ghana uses mHealth community-based approach to tackle hypertension
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 29/11/2018

Digital health tools were used in the three-year ComHIP pilot to connect the new screening points with community health workers and physicians; to support nurses’ decision-making; and to empower patients to self-manage their condition through messages sent to their mobile phones.


watchOS 5.1.2 will enable ECG app on Apple Watch series 4
MacRumors ~ Joe Rossignol ~ 28/11/2018

Apple Store employees are instructed to advise customers that the ECG app is "not intended to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis," and "should not be used to monitor or track disease state or change medication without first talking to a doctor.”


HCA saves more than 5,500 lives with sepsis monitoring algorithms
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/11/2018

Nashville‐based HCA Healthcare has saved more than 5,500 lives using sepsis algorithms that monitor every patient in every hospital that’s been part of the health system for more than a year.


New National Locator Service links paramedics to shared care record
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 28/11/2018

The National Record Locator Service enables paramedics and mental health nurses to find out whether the patient they are treating has a mental health crisis plan.


What’s next for UnitedHealth Group’s individual health record effort?
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 28/11/2018

The company said the platform will be accessible by 50 million patients and more than 1 million clinicians by the end of 2019.


CVS Health completes $69b acquisition of Aetna
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 28/11/2018

“By fully integrating Aetna's medical information and analytics with CVS Health’s pharmacy data, we can develop new ways to engage consumers in their total health and wellness through personal contacts and deeper collaboration with their primary care physicians.”


HHS pledges to reduce health IT regulatory burdens on clinicians
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 28/11/2018

Providers are spending too much time entering data into electronic health records, leaving less time to interact with patients, while having difficulty finding relevant patient information to effectively coordinate care.


Canada building genomics platform for national-scale, federated analyses
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 27/11/2018

CanDIG is a project building a health genomics platform for national-scale, federated analyses over locally controlled private data sets.


How telehealth gets to far-flung residents in Alaska
Health Data Management ~ Mitch Work and Chuck Appleby ~ 27/11/2018

Alaska could offer a future model for delivering care for all U.S. health systems, especially those focused on value-based care built upon digital health.


Oxford University Hospitals FT ignites FHIR APIs from Cerner
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 26/11/2018

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the first in the UK to implement open-standard FHIR APIs for Cerner Millennium.


Study: Optimal use of EHRs result in faster hospital discharges
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/11/2018

According to researchers, hospitals that meet federal standards for Meaningful Use of EHRs discharge patients about four hours earlier, which equates to a 3 percent reduction in the average five-day hospital stay.


5 lessons learned implementing SMART on FHIR at Intermountain
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 26/11/2018

Intermountain, which has 23 hospitals and more than 185 clinics, has a strong history of innovation in informatics. A few years ago, it began work on an implementation of Cerner, labelled iCentra.


Boston Children’s and 2nd.MD reveal virtual care partnership
MedCity News ~ Erin Dietsche ~ 25/11/2018

Through the collaboration, 2nd.MD members can receive a video consultation with a pediatric specialist from the hospital.


Netcare injects R600m into digitisation programme
eHealth News South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 23/11/2018

The digitisation programme is expected to provide patients access to their electronic health records (EHRs), remove fragmentation between service providers within Netcare’s various divisions and lead to improved treatment protocols.


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