International health IT week in review: October 4

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

NHS Number use becomes law
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 01/10/2015

The NHS Number must be used as a single patient identifier across the health and social care system, under a new law which comes into effect today.

Meaningful Use program seen interfering with EHR interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/10/2015

The federal government’s Meaningful Use program is hindering, not helping, private sector efforts aimed at enabling nationwide electronic health record interoperability.

GP2GP allows large file transfer
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 01/10/2015

Large patient record files can be sent electronically between GP practices with the launch of the latest version of GP2GP.

WEDI to keep ICD-10 issue reporting tool live post-Oct. 1; CMS will monitor switch in real time
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 01/10/2015

ICD-10 D-Day is here, and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) says its searchable ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database will be available after the transition.

AHIMA takes on patient identifier
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 01/10/2015

The need for healthcare systems to exchange patient information quickly, affordably and safely makes a national patient-matching program critical, say AHIMA leaders

How many intrusion attempts does VA get each month?
HealthcareITNews ~ Erin McCann ~ 30/09/2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates some 1,700 hospitals and healthcare facilities, reported more than 235 million blocked intrusion attempts just for the month of August.

No EHR? Paper records create dangerous voids in care coordination
HealthcareITNews ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 30/09/2015

Many patients are growing increasingly impatient with the progress their doctors are making in adopting digital tools and they're exasperated by the demands placed on them to be responsible for mounds of paperwork.

Docs lament 'all-or-nothing' MU compliance standard at second AMA town hall
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 30/09/2015

The American Medical Association (AMA) continued its effort to reshape the Meaningful Use program, holding a second town hall meeting Sept. 29 to enable physicians to share their suggestions and experiences.

NHS England backs IT leader networks
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 29/09/2015

NHS England is supporting the continued development of the Chief Clinical Information Officer and Health Chief Information Officer Networks, pioneering best practice and collaboration communities for NHS digital leaders.

Survey: Americans want providers who are more digitally connected
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 29/09/2015

Americans are clamoring for doctors who are more digitally connected, and are more frustrated with paperwork and customer service in the healthcare industry than banks, auto dealerships, cellphone companies and others, a new survey finds.

Telehealth projects target diabetes, mental health and kidney failure
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 29/09/2015

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has launched three new demonstration projects this fall under its “Home is the Hub” umbrella.

Innovative eShift platform helps nurses monitor home-care patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 29/09/2015

Using an innovative, web-based technology, a large portion of southwestern Ontario has been able to use a new model of care for complex pediatric and palliative patients in their homes.

Open source EHR live at Taunton
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 28/09/2015

An open source electronic patient record system has gone live across an NHS acute trust for the first time today.

Epic EHR adds to UK hospital's financial mess
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 28/09/2015

The rollout of a $300M Epic EHR implementation at Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK is making a bad financial situation worse, according to news reports from across the pond.

Hospitals sued for overcharging patients for EHR copies
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 28/09/2015

Two hospitals in the District of Columbia have been sued for charging "illegal" and "excessive" fees to patients for providing them with copies of their electronic health records, according to an article in the Washington Business Journal.

Indian healthcare to spend US$1.2 billion on IT
Elets News Network ~ ENN ~ 28/09/2015

Indian healthcare providers will be spending US$1.2 billion on IT products and services in 2015, an increase of seven per cent over 2014, Gartner, global information technology research and advisory company said.

ResearchKit on stage at HIMSS Connected Health Conference
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 28/09/2015

One of the highlights at last year's mHealth Summit was a standing-room-only session on Apple's newly unveiled HealthKit.

Blues to offer consumers more data on physicians
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 25/09/2015

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has launched a new platform on its Axis data analytics infrastructure to collect specific data from all 36 Blues plans that will give consumers with coverage more information when picking a physician while selecting a benefit plan.

Surgeons call patient follow-ups via portals, face-to-face 'equally effective'
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 25/09/2015

Online communication via a patient portal was a preferred follow-up method for surgery patients, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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