International health IT week in review: May 3

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

CAMH implements new EHR system using the ‘big bang’ approach
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Rosie Lombardi ~ 30/04/2015

Most hospitals opt for an incremental approach to implementing EHR systems, often out of fear of joining the line-up of horror stories in the media about big IT project failures. But if the right elements are in place, the big bang approach – implementing everything all at once – can work.

Lawmakers form working group to find ways to improve EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 30/04/2015

A new bipartisan committee's working group will gather on Capitol Hill throughout the coming months to find ways to improve electronic health records, according to Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Alberta rolls out first wave of provincial eReferral system
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Rosie Lombardi ~ 30/04/2015

Patients often fall through the cracks of our current paper-based referral system, which requires a great deal of phoning, faxing, and follow-up between family doctors and specialists. Different regions are trying to automate referrals, but Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to roll out a province-wide e-referral portal.

King's pilots Apple Watch app
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 30/04/2015

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first trusts in the UK to use the newly launched Apple Watch as part of patient care.

Coexistence of FHIR, C-CDA seen easing interoperability problems
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/04/2015

Despite the potential of Health Level Seven’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to help solve some of the challenges of interoperability, for the foreseeable future government and industry experts predict that FHIR will coexist side-by-side with the Consolidated-Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA).

Robots live in new super hospital
EHI News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 29/04/2015

Glasgow’s new £842 million super hospital opened its doors this week with 26 robot porters operating in the basement.

Medical apps need CE mark - RCP
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 29/04/2015

Doctors should only use medical apps with an official CE mark, new guidance from the Royal College of Physicians says.

EMR market to grow even without carrot
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 28/04/2015

The $25 billion EMR market will continue to grow even after the government incentives for doctors and hospitals to go digital have vanished, according to an "EMR 2015: The Market for Electronic Medical Records," a new report from research firm Kalorama Information.

Data analytics top concern, but industry stumped about where to start
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 28/04/2015

There's a problem in the world of data analytics. A new survey of health IT professionals underscores that, sure, the lion's share of them point to data analytics and business intelligence as top of mind for 2015, but the majority also say they don't even know what data to actually collect.

Finding health value in daily observations of living
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 28/04/2015

An eight-year study of more optimal use of personal health records finds observations of daily life that individuals enter into their PHR are the most meaningful bits of information.

Threat to hurl tablets into canal
EHI News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 28/04/2015

Clinicians at a central London trust threatened to throw their tablet computers in a canal before confidence was built in adopting mobile working, an electronic patient record clinical lead has said.

Revamped MEDTECH Act looks to exempt low-risk software from FDA guidance
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 28/04/2015

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) late Monday unveiled a revamped version of their Medical Electronic Data Technology Enhancement for Consumers' Health (MEDTECH) Act, which aims to exempt low-risk medical software and mobile apps from regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration while clarifying which offerings fall under federal authority.

Cedars-Sinai goes all-in on Apple HealthKit
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 27/04/2015

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has become the latest provider organization to link its electronic medical records system to Apple's HealthKit software.

Consortium saves £130m on EPR costs
EHI News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 27/04/2015

A consortium of 38 trusts in London and the South has saved £110m by moving to individual contracts with electronic patient record suppliers.

One hospital's new approach to clinical documentation
HealthcareITNews ~ Michelle Ronan ~ 27/04/2015

Phoenix Children's Hospital faced a daunting though not unique challenge: implementing a single EMR across multiple clinics and more than 70 subspecialties.

EHR vendors sound off on plan for national interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 27/04/2015

Recent comments from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association on a proposed national health information technology Interoperability Roadmap urge that parts of the project move swiftly while other initiatives should slow down.

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