International health IT week in review: March 29

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

NHS identifier bill passes Lords
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 27/03/2015

A bill to mandate the use of a common patient identifier across the health and social care system is set to become law after passing its final reading in the House of Lords

Dr Foster bought by Oz telecoms firm
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 26/03/2015

Dr Foster Intelligence has been bought by Australian telecommunications company Telstra, nearly a decade after its launch.

Govt hopeful on patient access target
EHI News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 26/03/2015

The government is optimistic about meeting its April deadline for patient access to online records, despite January figures revealing that thousands of practices were yet to offer the service.

Fight breaks out over ‘.doctor’ websites
The Hill ~ Julian Hattem ~ 25/03/2015

If ICANN gets its way, only “legitimate medical practitioners” will be able to use the domain name.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 not the end of government health IT involvement
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 25/03/2015

We're all still digesting the hundreds of pages in the proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program and the 2015 Edition of certification criteria. Clearly there's a lot to review.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Stage 3 MU
HealthcareITNews ~ Jon Halamka ~ 25/03/2015

An analysis of the many facets of Stage 3's 700-plus pages, co-written with Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative CEO Micky Tripathi

Data sharing, information technology key to new White House care initiative
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 25/03/2015

Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said.

NHS launches mental health app library
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 25/03/2015

NHS England has launched an online library of programmes and apps to support people with mental health conditions.

Stage 3 MU a tough target for physicians
Medical Practice Insider ~ Frank Irving ~ 24/03/2015

With the March 20 release of proposed rules for Stage 3 meaningful use, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services promised a "streamlined definition" of requirements. But an early-stage analysis has some industry experts scratching their heads over certain provisions.

Reaction to Stage 3? Guarded
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 23/03/2015

The reaction to the long-anticipated Stage 3 meaningful use rules has been slow in coming – not surprising, given that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released them around 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 20.

Former New York Mayor Bloomberg invests in health data effort
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 23/03/2015

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with the help of the Australian government, is launching a $100 million, four-year data effort in 20 African, Southeast Asian and Latin American countries to help them better understand causes of death.

4 ways providers can avoid EHR copy-and-paste errors
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 23/03/2015

Providers must take steps to prevent adverse patient safety events caused by use of an electronic health record's copy-and-paste function (CPF), according to an alert from The Joint Commission.

EU ministers back data privacy changes
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 23/03/2015

The European Union has provisionally agreed changes to planned data privacy legislation that will make it easier to share data between health and social care services.

Four more states needed to trigger streamlined interstate doc licensing
Modern Healthcare ~ Andis Robeznieks ~ 23/03/2015

Utah has become the third state to join the Federation of State Medical Board's interstate compact for streamlining the physician-licensing process.

CMS, ONC release proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 20/03/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) have issued their proposed rules outlining the requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Poll: Americans want health information shared easily among docs
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 20/03/2015

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's very important that their critical health information can be easily shared among healthcare providers, a survey from the Society of Participatory Medicine reveals.

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