International health IT week in review: August 9

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

St George's first with the NEWS
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 07/08/2015

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust is piloting the use of vital signs monitoring equipment that integrates with its Cerner Millennium electronic patient record and new whiteboards.

IBM to acquire Merge Healthcare in $1B deal
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 06/08/2015

IBM is taking its Watson technology one step further through a $1 billion acquisition of medical image management platform Merge Healthcare.

Stanford's ReseachKit study goes globe-trotting
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 06/08/2015

Stanford University researchers have announced that their MyHeart Counts app, one of the first to be launched in March through Apple's ResearchKit platform, is now available to residents in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

FCC vote allows unlicensed devices to operate on same frequency as medical monitors
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 06/08/2015

Unlicensed devices will be allowed to operate on the same frequency as wireless medical telemetry service systems for cardiac and fetal monitoring, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to modernize rules to "accommodate growing demand for ... innovation."

Tech support offered to vanguards
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 05/08/2015

Interoperability and information governance are among the technological priorities for NHS ‘vanguard’ sites, according to a support package published by NHS England.

Primary care providers: HIT is a positive disruption
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 05/08/2015

Primary care providers have mixed views when it comes to changes in healthcare delivery and payment, but many see health information technology as a positive disruption.

Telemedicine market to soar past $30B
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 04/08/2015

The global market for telemedicine is expected to be worth more than $34 billion by the end of 2020.

Cerner's Zane Burke: DoD deal won't hinder other commitments
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 04/08/2015

In Cerner's first comments since winning the Department of Defense's coveted electronic health record modernization contract in a bid with Leidos and Accenture Federal, company President Zane Burke said that he does not expect it to impact other client rollouts.

Papworth says no to Epic
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 03/08/2015

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has decided not to go with the Epic electronic patient record; in a move that coincides with Monitor's announcement that it is investigating the installation of the clinical system at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

FDA calls for hospitals to discontinue use of infusion pumps due to security vulnerabilities
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 03/08/2015

Hospital systems that use Hospira Symbiq Infusion Systems should transition to a different infusion system "as soon as possible" due to cybersecurity concerns with the Hospira model, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

eHealth Exchange continues strong growth trajectory
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/08/2015

HIE network eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of healthcare organizations who securely share clinical information over the Internet using a common set of standards and specifications, has reached 100 members and expects to connect 40 percent of U.S. hospitals by the end of the year.

NHS gets smart with contactless cards
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 03/08/2015

NHS trusts will have access to contactless smartcards, so staff can log into clinical systems on tablet computers, from autumn this year.

Hospital CIOs, others urge HHS to quickly finalize MU alterations rule
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 03/08/2015

A diverse group of electronic health record vendors, provider representatives and others have called on the Department of Health and Human Services to quickly finalize the proposed rule modifying the Meaningful Use requirements for 2015-2017 before it's too late for them to comply with it.

Coalition urges CMS to finalize 2015-2017 EHR incentive rule
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/08/2015

A coalition of 18 industry stakeholders, including electronic health record vendors, health IT associations, and providers, is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to finalize its proposed 2015-2017 changes to the EHR Incentive Program

Doctors in Europe using digital health -- but don't know why
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 03/08/2015

A new survey out of Europe finds that providers there are more supportive of digital health technologies than their American counterparts.

CIOs 'surprised' at Cerner DoD win
HealthcareITNews ~ Michelle Ronan Noteboom ~ 31/07/2015

Many health system chief information officers say they weren't expecting the Cerner/Leidos team to win the coveted contract to overhaul the Department of Defense's electronic health record system.

IBM-CVS deal puts Watson in the pharmacy
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 31/07/2015

A new partnership between IBM and CVS could push pharmacists to the forefront of the connected care platform.

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