Every few weeks, I take a look back on the stories that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10 from Feb. 1-15, 2019.

  1. Change is coming to Ontario’s healthcare system, and while I won’t comment on the province’s approach, I definitely support its plans to better harness technology and digital healthcare as tools to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.
  2. Huge news in the EHR space: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs announced plans to end its contract with Epic and adopt Cerner’s patient scheduling system.
  3. Although the current outbreak of Ebola has not received the attention the last major outbreak received, the World Health Organization has warned it is an international health emergency that the rest of the world ignores at its own peril.
  4. Google continues to make headlines in the healthcare space with the news that it has applied for a patent for a deep learning system that aggregates EHR data into a “timeline” in order to predict potential adverse events.
  5. We co-hosted (along with our partners at Divurgent) a Havana-themed party to kick off HIMSS 2019!
  6. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed new rules related to the use of electronic health information. The rules are intended to increase the seamless flow of health information, reduce burden on patients and providers, and foster innovation by unleashing data for researchers and innovators.
  7. A report written for the UK’s NHS by U.S. academic Eric Topol argues that AI and robots can enhance the physician-patient relationship by giving physicians more face time with patients. The report also discusses the potential of technology such as smart speakers and virtual reality in health care.
  8. Epic CEO Judy Faulkner sits down for a long, detailed interview at HIMSS 2019 and shares her thoughts on everything from interoperability, usability, patient engagement, her own plans for the future and many other topics. Definitely worth the read!
  9. Saskatchewan is looking at ways to make electronic health records more widely available and has concluded a successful and popular pilot project.
  10. Cloud computing holds a lot of financial and operational advantages for the healthcare industry, along with benefits to patients as well. But, as this blog post notes, there are many challenges to be considered, such as privacy and security, service reliability and management, and integration and interoperability issues.