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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 20th October, 2018.

Here are a few I came across last week.
Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.

Ex-minister speaks of ‘horror’ of having to digitise the NHS with no plan

A former life sciences minister has reportedly spoken of the ‘horror’ of being awarded significant money to create a digital NHS with no plan as to how to do it.
Hanna Crouch. 9 October 2018
Despite being responsible for promoting the use of technology in healthcare, George Freeman told a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference last week that he was frozen out of the spending talks in which new investment in a paperless NHS was agreed.
Instead, Freeman and his civil servants were told to set out how they would spend the money once it had already been allocated.
Then-health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a five-year, £4.2 billion investment in NHS IT in 2016. The intention was to advance NHS digitisation.

Medical device vendor disables internet updates over hacking risk, FDA alerts

A flaw in 34,000 Medtronic CareLink devices could allow an unauthorized user to change the programmer’s functionality.
October 12, 2018 04:56 PM

The Food and Drug Administration issued a cybersecurity alert on two Medtronic devices that could allow a hacker to hijack the software update process to change the device’s function. Medtronic disabled the online software update to eliminate the flaw.
Following a review of potential security vulnerabilities around the internet connection, the FDA found 34,000 CareLink cardiac implantable electronic devices are at risk. If exploited, a hacker could change the programmer’s functionality or the device itself during the implantation or follow-up visits.
The flaw is found in the internet connection between the CareLink 2090 and Encore 29901 Programmers, used for downloading software from Medtronic’s Software Distribution Network. The programmers are used by providers to adjust the cardiac device settings and collect locally stored data.

UK Biobank shares the promise of big data

UK Biobank contains a wealth of data on genetics, health and more from 500,000 participants. A detailed overview of the biobank and an analysis of its brain-imaging data show the value of this resource.

Nancy Cox

Huge sample sizes are often needed to discover the genetic variants that contribute to disease. Meta-analyses of many genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which test for such links, are now beginning to search for associations between DNA variants and common diseases in more than one million individuals1. But perhaps equally important is detailed clinical and biological information about the participants, which enables researchers to better test for more associations — including those that give insight into disease mechanisms. Writing in Nature, Bycroft et al.2 and Elliott et al.3 describe a huge resource called UK Biobank that marries large-scale genomic and detailed clinical data for 500,000 people. The biobank promises to aid the discovery of relationships between genome variation and common human diseases, and to improve our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie those associations.

EHR System Transformation at Center of Penn Medicine Initiative

A new initiative at Penn Medicine aims to transform EHR systems into more streamlined, interactive, and intuitive tools.
October 12, 2018 - Penn Medicine recently launched an initiative intended to transform EHR systems into more interactive, intuitive tools to ease provider burden, improve patient health outcomes, and boost clinical efficiency.
“We recognize that EHRs are no longer just part of how clinical care is documented, but they are central to how clinical care is delivered,” said University of Pennsylvania Health System Executive Vice President J. Larry Jameson, MD.
“Increasingly, health information technology plays a foundational role in each domain of our work: patient care, educating the next generation of physicians and scientists, and biomedical research,” he continued. “Electronic health records innovations are key to advancing our impact in each of those missions.”

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