International health IT week in review: July 26

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

With #FIXEHR, AMA fine-tunes its Meaningful Use reboot strategy
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 23/07/2015

The American Medical Association (AMA) has kicked its fight against poorly operating electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program up a notch, in a rather novel way.

E-Referrals back up to 40,000 a day
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 23/07/2015

The number of referrals being made on the new NHS e-Referral Service has risen to 40,000 a day, the same as were made using the Choose and Book system.

Report: Canada's health IT 'lags on many fronts'
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 22/07/2015

Canada has many of the same problems with electronic health record adoption and data sharing as the United States, according to a Canadian report published this month of the Advisory Panel in Healthcare Innovation.

GP system suppliers data request dropped
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 22/07/2015

NHS England has dropped plans to request GP patient appointment data directly from clinical system suppliers.

E-health feedback loop helps diabetics boost outcomes
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 22/07/2015

The use of telehealth remote monitoring as part of a eHealth larger feedback loop for diabetics led to vastly improved A1c levels compared with patients who did not use the technology, according to research published this week in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Panel recommends folding Infoway into new agency
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ CanHealth ~ 22/07/2015

Three federal agencies, including Canada Health Infoway, should be merged into a new organization, called the Healthcare Innovation Agency of Canada, to spur the modernization of healthcare across the country.

Researchers call for support for data in the cloud to facilitate genomics research ~ ~ 22/07/2015

In the journal Nature prominent researchers from Canada, Europe and the U.S. have made a powerful call to major funding agencies, asking them to commit to establishing a global genomic data commons in the cloud that could be easily accessed by authorized researchers worldwide.

Patient access to coded GP info by April
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 21/07/2015

GP practices must offer patients online access to detailed coded information from their medical record by April next year.

Docs air EHR frustrations at AMA town hall
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 21/07/2015

Physicians are facing numerous challenges with electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program, and are being given a better chance to share them publicly due to a new initiative spearheaded by the American Medical Association, launched at a town hall meeting July 20.

DoD standardizing IT infrastructure ahead of EHR modernization
HealthcareITNews ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 21/07/2015

As the Defense Health Agency gets set to start the massive undertaking of replacing and modernizing its electronic health record system, the agency is standardizing and consolidating its sprawling IT infrastructure.

Manchester live with integrated record
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 20/07/2015

Several Manchester health and social care providers are live with an integrated care record for ‘at risk’ patients using Graphnet’s CareCentric.

Athenahealth launches free texting
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 20/07/2015

Athenahealth today unveiled athenaText, a secure text messaging service integrated with athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR platform.

NME exit plans less risky with year left
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 20/07/2015

The number of clinical IT deployments at risk of missing the July 2016 deadline for being moved from national to local contracts in the North, Midlands and East has halved over the past month.

ONC unveils patient safety roadmap
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 20/07/2015

As part of its ongoing battle against medical errors and adverse events, the Office of the National Coordinator has released its Health IT Safety Center Roadmap, putting forth a plan for making IT a better protector of, rather than a risk to, patient safety.

Can smartphones automate the patient registration process?
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 20/07/2015

An initiative to standardize, automate and mobilize the patient registration process to improve the patient experience and ensure critical information gets to providers is underway with the goal of conducting and assessing an initial pilot program this year.

UCLA Health hack compromises info for 4.5 million individuals
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 17/07/2015

A hack of UCLA Health's computer network may have compromised personal and medical information for as many as 4.5 million individuals, the health system said Friday.

New app turns HealthKit into a communications tool
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 17/07/2015

An Israeli company is tapping into the Apple HealthKit platform to create an emergency app for people with chronic conditions.

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