International health IT week in review: July… Leave a comment

Written by Kate McDonald on 03 July 2022.

Ireland’s long road toward electronic health records, Quebec to invest $1 billion in health IT, internet searches for abortion meds jump, UK to allocate £2 billion to roll out of electronic patient records, period tracking apps go anonymous after Roe decision, changes to patient data due to Roe

Delay in rolling out electronic health records an ‘enormous missed opportunity’
Irish Times ~ Sylvia Thompson ~ 25/06/2022

Ireland is the fourth last country in Europe to embrace the widespread introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) for patients, according to Prof Martin Curley, professor of innovation at Maynooth University, who was appointed head of digital transformation and innovation at the Health Service Executive in 2019.

Quebec to invest nearly $1 billion in health IT
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 30/06/2022

The Québec government has announced a plan to invest $951 million over three years to modernize the technological infrastructure of its hospitals. The goal is to improve communication among healthcare professionals through better electronic health records, enhanced security systems and more effective networks.

Study: Internet searches for abortion medications surged after Roe draft leak
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 29/06/2022

An analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine found about 350,000 searches for abortion pill-related terms the first week in May.

Digital Health and Care plan reveals £2bn will be allocated to digitise sector
Digital Health News ~ Jordan Sollof ~ 29/06/2022

This includes £2billion from the spending review which has been allocated to help digitise the sector through the roll out of electronic patient records (EPRs).

Period tracking app Flo says it will add ‘anonymous mode’ after Roe decision
MobiHealthNews ~ Emily Olsen ~ 27/06/2022

Flo said it would add an “anonymous mode” to its period tracking app as users raised concerns about data privacy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Following Roe decision, bad actors will try to target reproductive health data
MedCity News ~ Amanda James ~ 24/06/2022

State bans would mean sensitive patient data, such as interactions with a telehealth provider to obtain abortion drugs, could be used against someone as a threat. One expert warned that the value of such data will “skyrocket.”


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