International health IT week in review: September 13

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

Apple injects health features into Watch
HealthcareITNews ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 09/09/2015

With many eyes focusing on Cupertino Wednesday Apple held another launch event and, as is becoming the norm, did so with a few surprises up its sleeve.


New IBM population health tool aims to improve patient engagement
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 10/09/2015

The solution, IBM Watson Care Manager, will aggregate patient data from multiple sources--including wearable devices like the Fitbit, smartscales and Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit offerings--into the cloud, which providers can then view.


Why health data ownership is a 'civil right'
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 09/09/2015

The ever-increasing amount of health data collected by a person over time soon will need a home, and that means a need for data management systems that give individuals control over their personal health information, according to Eric Topol,


EHR vendors not meeting ONC usability testing standards
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 09/09/2015

Electronic health record vendors are not adhering to usability testing standards for their EHR products and are failing to meet federally mandated user-centered design requirements,


Patient portals more useful than many realize
HealthcareITNews ~ Sherree Geyer ~ 09/09/2015

Kaiser Permanente engages 45 percent of its more than 9 million members through online portals, which provide secure physician-patient email and access to KP HealthConnect, a comprehensive electronic health record to empower patients to manage care.


VA reduces mortality and adverse events with bed sensors
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 09/09/2015

A contact-free sensor system placed under a mattress to monitor continuous vital signs has proven its value to the Veterans Administration, which tested the solution on more than 1,000 patients with spinal injuries.


Walton Centre develops E-Obs in-house
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 09/09/2015

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has completed the roll-out of an electronic observations system that was developed in-house.


ACP recommends direct patient-doc contact before telehealth consult
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 08/09/2015

Benefits offered by telemedicine "must be measured against the risks and challenges associated with its use," the American College of Physicians states in a position paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


EHR 'overreliance' led to release of Ebola patient
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 08/09/2015

Overreliance on its electronic health record system was one of the mistakes Texas Health Resources made that led to the misdiagnosis and release of a patient later confirmed to have Ebola, according to a report from an expert panel convened by the Dallas-based health system.


Care.data on hold again
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 07/09/2015

Controversial patient data collection programme care.data has been put on hold again while a review of the opt-out model is completed.


Newcastle signs with Carestream
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 07/09/2015

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a ten-year deal with Carestream for a new, integrated picture archiving and communication system and radiology information system.


FDA makes medical device data easier to access, use
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 04/09/2015

The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier for software developers and researchers to access and use data covering the entire medical device product life cycle.


Health system reaps big savings with remote monitoring
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 01/09/2015

An Arizona health system is expanding its home health monitoring program following a pilot project that saw significant reductions in hospitalizations and length of stay.


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