Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation

Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation . “A new central NHS database using GP records in England won’t now come online until September, amid concerns about privacy. The digital system was meant to be launched next month, collating information on patient appointments, treatments and referrals, as well as other data held by local surgeries.”

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties. I do not usually share Financial Times articles because of the paywall, but this article was not paywalled to me. “England’s NHS is preparing to scrape the medical histories of 55m patients, including sensitive information on mental and sexual health, criminal records and abuse, into a database it will share with third parties. The data collection project, which is the first of its kind, has caused an uproar among privacy campaigners, who say it is ‘legally problematic’, especially as patients only have a few weeks to opt out of the plan.”

Yale: Yale study shows limitations of applying artificial intelligence to registry databases

Yale: Yale study shows limitations of applying artificial intelligence to registry databases. “Artificial intelligence will play a pivotal role in the future of health care, medical experts say, but so far, the industry has been unable to fully leverage this tool. A Yale study has illuminated the limitations of these analytics when applied to traditional medical databases — suggesting that the key to unlocking their value may be in the way datasets are prepared.”

Becker’s Hospital IT: Google, Ascension continue EHR collaboration by launching new search tool

Becker’s Hospital IT: Google, Ascension continue EHR collaboration by launching new search tool. “In 2018, Google and Ascension collaborated to create an accessible and searchable interface that shows clinicians a complete clinical history for each patient. Recognizing that EHR systems often organize clinical information in fragmented ways, the collaboration seeks to present information in a more comprehensive and contextualized manner. Google and Ascension are now piloting an approach that will organize patients’ diagnoses, laboratory tests, medications, treatments and progress notes so that our clinicians can quickly locate relevant information when they need it.”

The Register: Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000

The Register: Healthy 32-year-old offered COVID-19 vaccine because doctors had him down as 6.2cm tall with BMI of 28,000. “The problem was that due to his supposed stature, [Liam] Thorp had a body mass index (BMI) of 28,000. A BMI of 40 is enough to be classed ‘morbidly obese’ so you can imagine that the UK’s health service was concerned. The heaviest person ever weighed in at 635kg/1,400lb/100st and only had a BMI of 186.”

EurekAlert: 45% of adults over 65 lack online medical accounts, which could affect COVID vaccination

EurekAlert: 45% of adults over 65 lack online medical accounts, which could affect COVID vaccination. “The poll finds that 45% of adults aged 65 to 80, and 42% of all adults aged 50 to 80, said they had not set up an account with their health provider’s portal system. That’s according to the newly analyzed data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, based at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.”

Digital diagnosis: Why teaching computers to read medical records could help against COVID-19 (World Economic Forum)

World Economic Forum: Digital diagnosis: Why teaching computers to read medical records could help against COVID-19. “Every day, healthcare staff in a typical NHS hospital generate so much text it would take a human an age just to scroll through it, let alone read it. Using computers to analyse all this data is an obvious solution, but far from simple. What makes perfect sense to a human can be highly difficult for a computer to understand. Our team is using a form artificial intelligence to bridge this gap. By teaching computers how to comprehend human doctors’ notes, we’re hoping they’ll uncover insights on how to fight COVID-19 by finding patterns across many thousands of patients’ records.”

Mashable: Want medical records on your smartphone? Federal rules just made it easier.

Mashable: Want medical records on your smartphone? Federal rules just made it easier.. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has its hands full with this whole containing a disease outbreak thing. Which meant that the release of its new rules to modernize access to medical records — controversial, much anticipated, and delayed for over a year — dropped Monday not with a bang, but a plop.”

Engadget: Google wants to give doctors web-like searches for medical records

Engadget: Google wants to give doctors web-like searches for medical records. “Google made much ado of its recently created Health unit, but it didn’t offer much insight into what that division would actually… well, do. Now, however, it’s considerably clearer. Google Health lead David Feinberg and CNBC sources have outlined some of the ideas his team has, and they revolve around (surprise!) search for both you and your doctor.”

Rhode Island College: Medical Data Isn’t the Problem. Understanding It Is.

Rhode Island College: Medical Data Isn’t the Problem. Understanding It Is.. “Roberta Powell ’09, a former nurse educator, may not be your typical app inventor, but her new tool for translating medical information into layperson’s terms is redefining the relationship between patients and their doctors. With her new app, all you need to do is enter the health data you don’t understand and the app will translate it into easy-to-understand language and images.” Three cheers for Roberta Powell!

NIH: The “PROMIS” of Computer-Based Medical Records

NIH: The “PROMIS” of Computer-Based Medical Records. “The National Library of Medicine recently acquired the Patient/Problem Oriented Medical Record System Archives, a collection of materials related to the development of an early computer system for organizing patient data and diagnostic decision-making. Jan Schultz generously contributed archival materials from his work with Dr. Larry Weed at the PROMIS lab at the University of Vermont. NLM archivist John Rees asked Jan Schultz about his perspective on the early history of electronic medical records.”

Threatpost: MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

Threatpost: MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records. “MedicareSupplement.com is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their area. Researchers on Thursday said that they found a publicly-available MongoDB database on May 13 that had been online for several days. The exposed data appeared to be part of the website’s marketing leads database and did not have a password or any authentication protecting it.”

The Next Web: Healthcare has a massive cybersecurity problem, and we’re not doing enough to fix it.

The Next Web: Healthcare has a massive cybersecurity problem, and we’re not doing enough to fix it.. “Not long ago, it was reasonable to think that financial businesses would be the most prominent and most profitable targets of criminal activity. After all, a successful bank robbery could score you tens of thousands of dollars (or more). But these days, it’s another industry facing the brunt of criminal attacks, and it’s one with much more bearing on us as consumers: healthcare.”

University of Washington: Data error exposes patient information

University of Washington Medicine: Data error exposes patient information. “On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware of a vulnerability on a website server that made protected internal files available and visible by search on the internet on Dec. 4, 2018. The files contained protected health information (PHI) about reporting that UW Medicine is legally required to track, such as reporting to various regulatory bodies, in compliance with Washington state reporting requirements…. The files contained patients’ names, medical record numbers, and a description and purpose of the information. The files did not contain any medical records, patient financial information or Social Security numbers.”