International health IT week in review: August 30

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

Epic grabs VA software contract
HealthcareITNews ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 27/08/2015

Whereas Epic late last month lost out on the Defense Department's massive modernization contract, the EHR maker is part of a team that won a smaller but notable bid this week.

IT belongs to Glasgow
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 27/08/2015

When NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde decided to close down several of the city’s ageing hospitals to create a new ‘super hospital’ on the old site of the Southern General, it wanted to create a modern facility that was truly fit for the 21st century.

CVS Health partners with American Well, Doctor on Demand, Teladoc
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 26/08/2015

CVS and three top telemedicine companies are working together to look at how to improve patient care.

New hospital pioneers intelligent workflow using connected systems
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Rosie Lombardi ~ 26/08/2015

The newly constructed Oakville hospital, one of a trio of sites managed by Halton Health Services (HHS) in Ontario, was designed with a mega-network – a central brain – that interconnects all systems: clinical, environmental, security, communications, and more.

EHR ‘triggers’ effective in reducing time to diagnostic evaluation of cancer
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/08/2015

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center have developed electronic health record-based trigger algorithms that identify patients at risk for delays in diagnostic evaluation of colon and prostate cancer.

City workers view images from EPR
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 26/08/2015

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust staff will be able to see imaging data from within their electronic patient record using Agfa HealthCare’s enterprise imaging platform.

Mackenzie Health launches second phase of Innovation Unit
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 26/08/2015

Mackenzie Health has announced the second phase of its Innovation Unit, a living laboratory with 34-beds that is about to implement and test smart messaging and clinical alerting, in conjunction with partners BlackBerry, Cisco and Thoughtwire.

More than $31B in MU incentive payments made to providers
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 25/08/2015

A whopping $31.3 billion in incentive payments have been made to providers pursuant to the Meaningful Use program, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's latest report, which includes data through July 2015.

18 health technologies poised for big growth
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 25/08/2015

By now, everyone's got an EMR … but many species of health IT are still surprisingly underused in the U.S. hospital market.

Cheshire runs large telehealth pilot
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 25/08/2015

Cheshire has launched a one-year project to use telehealth to support patients with long-term conditions.

New wave of Android Wear watches aims to make up for lost time
CNet ~ Shara Tibken & Roger Cheng ~ 25/08/2015

Asus, Huawei, LG and Motorola will use the IFA trade show in Berlin next week to show off their newest wearable devices.

Precision medicine initiative needs help with data sharing barriers
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 25/08/2015

The White House is looking for input from the healthcare industry to identify new information technology activities that can help make President Obama’s $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative a reality.

More providers join CommonWell
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 24/08/2015

Five more Cerner clients have agreed to tap CommonWell Health Alliance's interoperability services, the trade association announced.

Industry eyes calendar as ICD-10 countdown begins
HealthcareITNews ~ John Andrews ~ 24/08/2015

Less than six weeks from an oft-delayed deadline, health systems, hospitals, practices and payers finally seem (mostly, hopefully) to be ready.

CVS pilot shows big patient satisfaction with telehealth
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 24/08/2015

A large pilot program that drugstore chain CVS Health conducted found satisfaction rates topping 90 percent when patients at MinuteClinics opted for a telehealth session if the nurse practitioner or physician assistant was busy.

Emis helps send emergency patients home
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 24/08/2015

An urgent care centre at the Royal Free Hospital’s A&E department is using Emis Web to do rapid assessments on patients, enabling it to send home more than 26,000 a year.

Putting mHealth to work in medication management
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 21/08/2015

mHealth experts have often wondered what would compel providers to take an interest in consumer-facing apps.

Chronic disease, elderly patients to fuel growth of home health technologies market
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 21/08/2015

Increased use of remote medical consultations to improve healthcare for chronic disease and elderly patients, particularly as cost models shift in the industry, will fuel steady growth of the global home health technologies market.

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