International health IT week in review: June 28

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

Obamacare upheld by US supreme court as conservative justices rescue law
The Guardian ~ Dan Roberts and Ben Jacobs ~ 26/06/2015

Barack Obama celebrated a decisive victory for his healthcare reforms after the US supreme court threw out a Republican-led legal challenge that could have gutted the legislation and stripped millions of Americans of their health insurance.


Direct messaging finding stride, despite hurdles
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 25/06/2015

The 2015 Direct Messaging Survey published this week by HIMSS shows growing use and appreciation for the secure, email-like method of data exchange. But there are still challenges to be ironed out – related to technology standards, cost and workflow – before it sees broader acceptance.


HSCIC confident in care.data
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 25/06/2015

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is confident that its current communications plans for care.data will be passed by the UK’s data guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott.


State medical societies warn of disaster with ICD-10 transition
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 24/06/2015

The country’s four largest state medical societies—California, Florida, New York, and Texas—have warned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline is a “looming disaster.”


Wearables info to feed records - Kelsey
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 24/06/2015

Members of the public will be able to add data from wearable devices to their electronic patient record by 2018, according to Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England.


High hopes for mobile health
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 24/06/2015

Buoyed by new technology that reduces manufacturing costs and improves output, the mobile health industry is enjoying some sustained growth right now.


Gibraltar live with first phase of EHR
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 24/06/2015

The Gibraltar Health Authority has gone live with the first phase of an ambitious programme to create a single electronic patient record for its acute, primary and pharmacy services, using Emis systems.


Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data
Computerworld ~ Fred O'Connor ~ 24/06/2015

Google has created a health-tracking wristband that could give health care professionals real-time information on the well-being of their patients.


Pharmacists given access to SCR
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 23/06/2015

Community pharmacists are to be given access to the NHS Summary Care Record, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has announced.


New HIE, vendor members for CommonWell
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 23/06/2015

The CommonWell Health Alliance continues to add new members as it works toward an ambitious goal of expanding its provider footprint to 5,000 sites nationwide by the end of 2015.


Direct messaging has value, but not without challenges
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 23/06/2015

A survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states finds that two-thirds support Direct messaging protocols as the method of choice for exchanging data via secured messaging software.


Newcastle tracks paper notes
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 23/06/2015

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has tagged about 250,000 paper patient records with tracking technology from 6PM Group.


Seventeen suppliers sign GPSoC Lot 3
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 23/06/2015

Seventeen suppliers have signed up to provide cross care-setting interoperability services as part of Lot 3 of the GP Systems of Choice contract.


Docs seen as key driver for patient mHealth adoption
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/06/2015

Despite the explosion of mobile healthcare technology available to consumers, just 15 percent of physicians are discussing wearables or health apps with their patients as tools for achieving wellness, according to market research firm MedPanel.


100 days to ICD-10: Where the industry stands
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 22/06/2015

The implementation deadline for ICD-10 is only 100 days away, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to push for transition periods or an outright ban of the code set while surveys reveal that participation in testing still lags.


Capita wins £400m PCS contract
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 22/06/2015

Capita is the preferred bidder for a £400 million contract to deliver administrative support services for primary care services in England.


Check your health records: You may be able to avoid trouble
Washington Post ~ Christie Aschwanden ~ 22/06/2015

I guess it could have been worse: My medical record could have listed a terminal illness. Instead, while perusing my electronic medical file recently, I found a note that totally stumped me: “multigravida.”


Survey looks at how much time docs spend charting, how EHRs affect productivity
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 18/06/2015

Yet another industry survey has found that EHRs increase physicians' administrative burdens and decrease their productivity--or at least don't improve it--this time from group purchasing organization Physician's Alliance of America (PAA).


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