International health IT week in review: April 12

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

Congress is its own roadblock to interoperability
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 08/04/2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has received a large number of comments on its draft interoperability road map. Some commenters have praised it; others have offered criticisms.

HIMSS15: George W. Bush, Karen DeSalvo headline keynote speakers
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 08/04/2015

In April 2004, President George W. Bush (pictured right), through an Executive Order, created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with a goal of widespread use of electronic health records within 10 years.

HIMSS15: Can interoperability go from idea to reality?
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 08/04/2015

Interoperability is one of those words you can't avoid if you work in the health IT industry, and its use is only going to grow as 2015 wears on.

Survey: portals not achieving true patient engagement
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/04/2015

Designed to allow patients to view personal health and billing information as well as schedule appointments, patient portals have thus far proven to be disappointing in terms of increasing patient engagement, improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs.

London off NPfIT Cerner contract
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 07/04/2015

London’s trusts running the Cerner Millennium electronic patient record have all signed new deals to replace their nationally funded contracts, with Cerner retaining its hold in the capital.

WEDI survey: ICD-10 readiness still underwhelms
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 06/04/2015

WEDI's newest survey of ICD-10 readiness among vendors and providers is out. And the progress report is not as promising as officials had hoped. In fact, it appears as the ICD-10 delay has actually had a negative impact on progress.

7 traps to skirt on way to interoperability
HealthcareITNews ~ John W. Loonsk ~ 06/04/2015

Kudos should go to Karen DeSalvo and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for finally giving interoperability a central place in the national health IT conversation.

Health IT prevalent among ECRI's top 10 safety concerns
Modern Healthcare ~ Sabriya Rice ~ 06/04/2015

Alarm fatigue, incomplete electronic health-record data and poor care-coordination due to over-reliance on healthcare IT are among the top 10 patient-safety concerns for healthcare organizations, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute.

Hospitals, CIOs call for increased patient identifier action in interoperability roadmap
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 06/04/2015

Hospitals and health system CIOs both stressed the need for patient identifiers in comments sent late last week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on its draft roadmap.

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