International health IT week in review: July 19

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

NantHealth acquisition targets data exchange, interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 16/07/2015

NantHealth, which has designed genomic and protein-based molecular diagnostic testing services to support personalized cancer treatment, and recently aligned with software vendor Allscripts, has bought the commercial Healthcare Solutions unit of Harris Corporation.

Lane Fox to focus on digital health
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 16/07/2015

Internet entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox will develop proposals to improve take-up of digital innovations in health, the health secretary has said.

Global patient monitoring market grows to $31.4 billion
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 16/07/2015

The demand for wireless and streamlined health devices has led to growth in the patient monitoring market, which currently boasts a global valuation of $31.4 billion, according to a report from Kalorama Information.

Merseyside shares 5.5m records in a year
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 15/07/2015

The GP records of patients in North Merseyside have been shared 6.5 million times with other health and social organisations in the region as a result of Informatics Merseyside’s iLinks Transformation Programme.

American public still skeptical about telemedicine
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 15/07/2015

According to TechnologyAdvice, consumers are growing more comfortable with certain aspect of telemedicine – but they're still wary of seeing a doctor or getting a diagnosis online.

Why healthcare's lack of interoperability is unethical
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 15/07/2015

The current lack of interoperability between medical devices and other healthcare IT tools represents both a safety dilemma and an ethical issue, according to leaders with the Center for Medical Interoperability.

Health professionals should push for better patient portal usability
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 15/07/2015

Patient portal use in the healthcare industry has the potential to reduce disparities in care for minority groups and people with lower health literacy; however, that promise has yet to be realized, according to a paper at PLOS Medicine.

Making device data more meaningful
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 14/07/2015

A device that can't synch to the underlying software, a platform that doesn't play well with other apps or which meshes with only one EMR, won't last long.

Proposed nursing home, long-term care rule moves facilities to EHRs, e-data sharing
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 14/07/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has once again signaled its intention to move the health industry to electronic health records, this time in its sweeping proposal to change the Conditions of Participation for nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

ONC seeks input on health IT test tools
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/07/2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has renewed its call for developers and vendors to submit test procedures, tools, and data to be considered for approved use as part of the ONC Health IT Certification Program.

10,000 patients using Emis PHR
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 13/07/2015

More than 10,000 people are recording personal health data using Emis Health’s personal health record, which runs on Apple’s HealthKit platform.

Epic at work on new tech to avert falls
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 13/07/2015

Healthcare IT giant Epic is working on a clinical decision tool aimed at helping healthcare providers reduce the risk of falls in unsteady patients.

Study finds online symptom checkers inaccurate
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 13/07/2015

Patients who turn to websites such WebMD, Mayo Clinic and AskMD for health queries more often than not get inaccurate information from the sites, according to a study by Harvard Medical School researchers.

Care Connect disconnected
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 13/07/2015

NHS England’s patient feedback service Care Connect is not in use anywhere in the country, more than a year after pilots were completed.

Docs' views of EHRs still lackluster
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 13/07/2015

There's still not much buy-in from physicians regarding their electronic health records, even though more of them are adopting the systems, according to a new survey from Physicians' Practice.

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