International health IT week in review: August 16

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

Use of OpenNotes increases safety, patient engagement
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 13/08/2015

Through five years of experience with OpenNotes, which allows patients access to the doctor's notes in their record, researchers say using the tool can increase safety, care quality and patient engagement, according to a study in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

50 percent of digital health startups will fail within 20 months
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 13/08/2015

As more startups enter digital healthcare, more are likely to quickly fail, but that gives larger companies the ability to "mine" them for new innovations, according to a report from Accenture.

DH refuses to release IT savings report
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 13/08/2015

The Department of Health has turned down a Freedom of Information request from Digital Health News to see a report that purportedly shows how technology can save the NHS billions of pounds each year.

Karen DeSalvo: In hindsight, we needed common interoperability standards
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 13/08/2015

A common set of standards for the exchange of electronic health information likely could have improved the current state of interoperability in the industry, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said.

Doctors like EHRs even less than they did five years ago
HealthcareITNews ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 13/08/2015

Software should enhance efficiency and productivity right? Not so fast.

SCR 'at tipping point' with clinicians
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 12/08/2015

The Summary Care Record is approaching 50,000 views per week, according to figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Real-life 'tricorder' brings a touch of Star Trek to medicine
Computerworld ~ Martyn Williams ~ 12/08/2015

It's hard not to think about "Star Trek" when you see Scanadu's Scout health sensor.

Microsoft posts Windows 10 for medical devices
HealthcareITNews ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 12/08/2015

When Microsoft made Windows 10 widely available at July's end, the company foretold subsequent versions for both mobile and Internet of Things, or IoT, devices.

Public backs but doesn't use digi health
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 11/08/2015

Just 4% realised that they could already access their health records online, and more than a third (40%) did not know that they could book hospital or GP appointments online.

NorthShore uses EHR data to create Alzheimer's risk score
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 11/08/2015

Researchers at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago are using data collected in electronic health records to create a risk prediction model for Alzheimer's disease.

AMA: Doc satisfaction with EHRs declining
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 10/08/2015

A greater percentage of doctors are unhappy with their electronic health records than five years ago, according to a survey from the American Medical Association (AMA) and AmericanEHR Partners, a free online resource for the medical community created by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Cientes Technologies.

Sheffield steels itself for EDM project
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 10/08/2015

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has picked Restore’s CCube as its electronic document management system as part of its transformation into a digital hospital.

Wales pilots GP2GP service
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 10/08/2015

Wales has started piloting a GP2GP service to digitally transfer a patient’s record from one medical practice to another.

AAFP tells family docs to consider HealthFusion EHR
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 10/08/2015

The American Academy of Family Physicians has partnered with software vendor HealthFusion to offer its 120,900 members a cloud-hosted, single platform electronic health record system that includes practice management and patient portal software, as well as claims clearinghouse services.

ICD-10 hops Congressional hurdle
HealthcareITNews ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 10/08/2015

Health IT professionals and policy wonks sleeping with one eye open while watching Capitol Hill for clues about ICD-10's fate can rest easy – at least for now.

AHA calls FCC wireless spectrum rule dangerous, agency disagrees
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 10/08/2015

In early 1998, Dallas television station WFAA was one of the first to switch from analog to digital broadcasts. What happened at nearby Baylor University Medical Center started a debate over use of wireless spectrum near hospitals that continues today.

Telemedicine effective in care for children with special healthcare needs
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 10/08/2015

Telemedicine is a valuable tool for treating children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) as well children in regular childcare and school (CRS), according to research published in the August edition of Telemedicine and e-Health.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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