International health IT week in review: October 25

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

Record sharing: TPP and Emis integrate
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 21/10/2015

England’s two major GP clinical system suppliers are about to begin trialling a direct integration between their systems to allow GPs to share patient records more easily.

Interoperability across various settings focus of UCSF, Cisco partnership
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 22/10/2015

The University of California San Francisco and Cisco have teamed up to create a platform to enable data-sharing from multiple sources among health systems, providers and application vendors.

First GPSoC integrations live
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 22/10/2015

Two subsidiary GP systems suppliers have integrated their systems with those of principal suppliers for the first time under the latest GP Systems of Choice framework.

Mobile ultrasounds take a step forward with image-sharing
mhealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 22/10/2015

A portable ultrasound device recently used in Africa is making its way to the U.S., giving clinicians the ability to conduct, store and share images at the point of care.

Athenahealth, Epic lead in EHR interoperability, KLAS says
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/10/2015

Electronic health record vendors athenahealth and Epic tied for first place with the highest interoperability scores in a survey of nearly 250 providers across inpatient and ambulatory settings.

EHR song parody pokes fun at serious usability frustrations
HealthcareITNews ~ Michelle Ronan Noteboom ~ 21/10/2015

The latest video by doctor/rapper ZDoggMD may not win a Grammy, but it likely strikes a chord with clinicians frustrated by the inefficiencies of their EHRs.

Pharmacy fined for selling patient data
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 21/10/2015

An online pharmacy part-owned by Emis Health faces a £130,000 fine after it sold customer details to a direct marketing company.

Can vendors make health data interoperability a reality without government force?
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 21/10/2015

It's only fitting that the new trailer for the next Star Wars movie--"The Force Awakens"--was released just as the Empire--the EHR vendor community--strikes back in the battle for health data interoperability.

Can ICD-10 be this smooth or has reality not struck?
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 21/10/2015

Preparing for ICD-10 was difficult for two-physician Girgis Family Medicine in South River, N.J., and Linda Girgis, M.D., did not appreciate the lack of preparedness of multiple insurers and its clearinghouse when the compliance date came.

EHR vendors agree to uniform interoperability metrics
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 20/10/2015

Executives of 12 major electronic health record vendors met earlier this month and have agreed to interoperability metrics that participants are calling Consumer Reports-like in their design and the first of their kind for the healthcare industry.

Use of virtual health tools could shave $10 billion a year from primary care costs
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 20/10/2015

Using virtual health technology in primary care could save $10 billion a year and allow treatment of more patients without the need to train more doctors, according to a new report from Accenture.

KLAS interoperability report examines what providers, vendors are doing to connect
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 20/10/2015

Poor vendor coordination, trouble finding records and limited parsing abilities are among the biggest barriers to interoperability of health information, according to a new study from KLAS.

mHealth changes the game for transitional care
mhealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 20/10/2015

Two years ago, two New Jersey hospitals using DocView mHealth Solutions' text message-based platform reported no readmissions among 10 stage C heart failure patients over three months. Their conclusion? Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones.

EHRA to ONC: Don't jump the gun on 'information blocking'
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 19/10/2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and policymakers may be overstating the problem of information blocking and "run the risk of overreaching to what appear to be isolated incidents," according to HIMSS' Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA).

Fed adoption could spur more use of Direct messaging software
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 19/10/2015

Federal agencies in 2010 started work to create the Direct Project secure messaging protocols as a simple and standard way to exchange encrypted health information.

Johns Hopkins, Microsoft partnership to bring interoperability to med devices
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 19/10/2015

In a joint effort, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Microsoft are developing a health IT system that can better help medical devices communicate.

Report: Consumers turn to Internet for majority of health info
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 19/10/2015

Most consumers turn to the Internet for health information, strongly feel that they should be in control of their data and personally are purchasing wearable devices to track their fitness.

IBM completes $1B acquisition of Merge Healthcare
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/10/2015

IBM this week completed its $1 billion acquisition of medical imaging software vendor Merge Healthcare with business goals directly tied to Big Blue’s Watson supercomputer.

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