International health IT week in review: April 19

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

DeSalvo at HIMSS15: 'True interoperability, not just exchange'
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 16/04/2015

In her keynote Thursday morning at HIMSS15, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said it's now time to "focus beyond adoption" of health IT and create an interoperable, learning health system "upon the strong foundation we all have built."

Value of apps and wearables questioned
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 16/04/2015

The potential for smartphone apps and wearable devices to have an effect on health outcomes has come under question in an article published by the BMJ.

HIMSS15: ONC grant to boost community health data sharing efforts
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 15/04/2015

Karen DeSalvo: Funding meant to advance ideas beyond the EHR and traditional players.

Lib Dem manifesto promises GPs by Skype
EHI News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 15/04/2015

The Liberal Democrats have promised to open up access to GPs by using phone and Skype appointments in their manifesto.

The power of the spoken word (into the EMR)
HealthcareITNews ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 14/04/2015

How do you get physicians to adopt mobile technology? Tie it into something they already do – such as talk into their smartphones.

Texas Medical Board ruling strikes blow to telemedicine services
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 14/04/2015

The Texas Medical Board has ruled that doctors must examine patients in person before they may order prescriptions for them, striking a blow to telemedicine provider Teladoc.

Geisinger sets SMART apps on FHIR
EHI News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 14/04/2015

US healthcare provider, Geisinger Health System, has unveiled an EnrG suite of interoperable software applications, able to link to multiple electronic health records, using common standards.

e-Referral Service 'live on 15 June'
EHI News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 14/04/2015

The new NHS e-Referral Service will go-live on 15 June as part of plans to replace all paper-based referrals.

Tory manifesto re-runs access pledge
EHI News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 14/04/2015

The Conservative Party has promised to continue the NHS transparency agenda and to give people “full access” to their electronic health records in its manifesto.

Even as EHR proficiency rises, enthusiasm dips
HealthcareITNews ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 13/04/2015

Doctors have become better at using electronic health records software in the last two years but, fewer physicians believe EHRs actually improve care.

Health tools for Apple Watch arrive
HealthcareITNews ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 13/04/2015

The Apple Watch won’t be delivered to consumers until April 24, but several mHealth companies (including a few providers) are quickly developing their own apps for the trendy smartwatch.

FHIR showing promise in healthcare information exchange
HealthcareITNews ~ Frank Irving ~ 13/04/2015

Providers and developers will soon be able to start implementing the emerging interoperability standard.

Patient-led innovation
HealthcareITNews ~ Richard Pizzi ~ 13/04/2015

Enhance, expand and evolve. That’s what Walgreens is doing, and what the healthcare industry as a whole should focus on, said the keynote speaker at the 2015 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Monday.

Informatics nurses have huge impact on patient safety, workflow
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 13/04/2015

The role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly, providing a significant impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as workflow and productivity improvements, according to the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey.

Health CIOs catch on to phishing threat
EHI News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 13/04/2015

Cybersecurity has forced itself onto the agenda of US healthcare chief information officers and become a hot button issue for the healthcare IT industry at HIMSS15.

Labour manifesto fails to focus on IT
EHI News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 13/04/2015

The Labour Party has launched its manifesto for the upcoming general election, promising a more integrated health and care system, but not one that will make more use of IT.

Open source VNA fits digital ‘jigsaw’
EHI News ~ Sam Sachdeva ~ 13/04/2015

The UK launch of an open source vendor neutral archive is a “key piece of the jigsaw puzzle” to create an open digital health ecosystem, NHS England’s head of open source says.

Why DoD EHR modernization will fail
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 10/04/2015

As the U.S. Department of Defense zeroes in on determining which bidding group will be awarded the coveted contract to modernize its electronic health record system, Loren Thompson, COO at the nonprofit Lexington Institute, says the effort is doomed to fail.

Cerner app on time for Apple Watch
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 10/04/2015

Cerner has developed a personalised healthcare data app to use on the Apple Watch, hailing the device as "the next evolution" in healthcare.

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