International health IT week in review: March 22

Pulse+IT's weekly weekend round-up of international health IT and eHealth news:

Emis hails strong 2014 results
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 20/03/2015

It says it has maintained its leading position in primary care, with 53.1% of the UK market share

Cerner to integrate PHR data in records
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 20/03/2015

Cerner has partnered with digital health platform Validic in a deal to integrate patient-generated data into its patient portals and electronic patient records.

Black Book names best EHRs by bed size
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 19/03/2015

Whether an electronic health record works well or not depends who you are: The opinions of clinicians and IT staff can vary widely. But a new EHR satisfaction survey from Black Book suggests that perspective gap may be narrowing.

Security must be baked into med devices, report stresses
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 19/03/2015

Security must be a priority from the outset of medical device creation, as opposed to a tacked on afterthought, a new report published this week stresses.

Meaningful Use must be malleable in the shadow of health reform
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 18/03/2015

The call for change of the Meaningful Use program is taking a new twist, here on the eve of the release of the proposed rule implementing Stage 3.

Epic trades jabs with CommonWell Health Alliance
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 18/03/2015

Comments by Epic's head of interoperability in a Senate HELP Committee Tuesday have triggered members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, the subject of some of the comments, to fire back at the Verona, Wisconsin-based EHR giant.

Lawmakers, policy experts blast barriers to EHR interoperability at Senate hearing
FierceEMR ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 18/03/2015

Epic takes a swipe at CommonWell; Cerner calls it 'a slap in the face' to those working on problem.

Welsh ambulance crews take digi pens
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 18/03/2015

The Welsh Ambulance Service Trust has agreed a deal with Anoto for 1700 digital pens to be given to its ambulance crews across Wales

Blue Button, PHRs gaining traction
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 18/03/2015

The healthcare industry is becoming more enlightened about the benefits of the Blue Button Initiative, and adoption of personal health records continues to grow, according to a new report from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

West London CCGs work on data sharing
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 18/03/2015

An alliance of West London clinical commissioning groups is developing a memorandum of understanding to improve data sharing between the area’s GP practices.

FDA must make smarter use of big data
HealthcareITNews ~ Jack Beaudoin ~ 17/03/2015

A bipartisan think tank is calling on Congress to enable the Food and Drug Administration to use hospital electronic health records and crowd-sourced patient experience data to transform the drug and medical device approval process.

WEDI report update finds progress on health IT goals, but work remains
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 17/03/2015

An evaluation since the 2013 release of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) roadmap for healthcare information exchange found progress was made during 2014, but the goal remains a work in progress.

Premera Blue Cross hit by "sophisticated" hack, 11M affected
ZDnet ~ Zack Whittaker ~ 17/03/2015

The multi-state health insurance company was attacked in January and is working with the FBI to determine the cause of the breach.

Nurses blame interoperability woes for medical errors
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 16/03/2015

Each year, a staggering 400,000 people are estimated to have died due to medical errors. What's more, each day there's also 10,000 serious complications resulting from medical mistakes. Part of the blame, nurses are saying, can be attributed to the lack of interoperability among medical devices.

New York grants one-year reprieve on e-prescribing requirement
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 16/03/2015

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation delaying mandatory use of electronic prescribing for one year, according to an announcement from the New York State Medical Society.

Recommendations for an interoperable health IT infrastructure
Clinical Innovation+Technology ~ Beth Walsh ~ 16/03/2015

Meaningful Use (MU) has led to significant adoption of health IT but several barriers are preventing the U.S. from achieving a health IT infrastructure that supports interoperability

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