International health IT week in review: September 27

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

A new way of 'tagging' the EHR
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 24/09/2015

A new partnership is using RFID to connect hospital clinicians and patients to the EHR.

Docs are paying more for technology than ever before
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 24/09/2015

Medical practices across the U.S. are now spending a lot more on technology this year, up nearly 34 percent from four years ago, according to a new MGMA report.

5000 GP practices offer e-prescriptions
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 24/09/2015

More than 5000 GP practices in England offer electronic prescriptions and 15 million patients have signed up for the service.

ICD-10 go-live: nightmare or non-event?
HealthcareITNews ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 23/09/2015

The ultimate irony of a long standing ICD-10 to Y2K comparison is that – after all the years of debate, disdain and doomsday predictions – it now appears that the go-live will likely pass after the same fashion that Y2K did: imperfectly but more or less quietly.

Lawmakers push telestroke bill to increase access for Medicare patients
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 23/09/2015

When someone is suffering from a stroke, time is of the essence, which is why two House lawmakers are proposing a bill that would change when Medicare beneficiaries can receive telestroke services.

Docs at odds with patients in use of digital health tech
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/09/2015

Physicians and consumers differ significantly and broadly in their views about emerging medical technology, with more enthusiasm and support expressed by consumers rather than clinicians.

Updated federal HIT strategic plan focuses on person-centered care
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 22/09/2015

An updated version of the Department of Health and Human Services' federal health IT strategic plan will focus on ensuring care is more person-centered, federal officials said on a call Monday. delayed by 2 years
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 22/09/2015

Final approval for the ‘pathfinder’ stage of the controversial programme to go ahead is not expected until early next year.

Using the survey as a patient engagement tool
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 21/09/2015

When patients leave a medical appointment with unanswered questions or concerns, they'll look for answers online. Then they'll look for a new doctor.

Why hospitals should buy IT start-ups
HealthcareITNews ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 21/09/2015

Lots of hospitals are snapping up clinics and physician practices. One major consultancy recommends they also consider acquiring digital health start-ups and other vertically integrated companies.

Industry groups pressure feds to delay stage 3 EHR rule
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/09/2015

Support continues to grow among industry groups for delaying Stage 3 of the federal government’s electronic health records Meaningful Use program.

HITECH Act falls short of overall goals
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 21/09/2015

The HITECH Act has helped initiate "significant" progress in the use of health IT, but has fallen short of its goal to create an efficient and effective healthcare system with the advanced use of health IT, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.

CommonWell signs 4 more vendor members
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 18/09/2015

The newest batch of health IT companies to join the CommonWell Health Alliance has brought the interoperability group's total membership to 33 – quadruple the number as of this time last year.

Patient access to medical records remains hindered
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/09/2015

Patient access to their own health information continues to be a major challenge despite widespread adoption of electronic health records by healthcare providers and the availability of patient portals.

Precision Medicine framework outlines project's opportunities
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 180/09/2015

The National Institutes of Health is moving forward with plans to enroll 1 million volunteers for U.S. President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.

Med organizations urge 'pause' of MU Stage 3
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 18/09/2015

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 41 medical societies have asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan to pause the rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.

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