International health IT week in review: November 1

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

Interview: Tim Kelsey
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 29/10/2015

Tim Kelsey believes that things are changing in health and social care, as the sectors face up to what may be their greatest ever financial challenge; and the huge reform agenda required to address it.

NHS 24: £117m IT crashes on go-live
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 29/10/2015

Use of a new, £117 million computer system at Scotland’s NHS 24 was abandoned on Wednesday evening after experiencing significant technical problems the day it went live.

Johns Hopkins, Microsoft tackle ICU errors
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/10/2015

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has joined forces with Microsoft to better connect medical devices in ICUs with the goal of significantly improving patient care and preventing complications.

Many EDs dissatisfied with enterprise EHR emergency modules
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 29/10/2015

Visits to the emergency department are on the rise in the U.S., and a lack of usability and interoperability of ED Information Systems (EDIS) are only adding more complications, according to a new survey from Black Book.

Kelsey: November start on DMI data
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 29/10/2015

NHS England’s director of patients and information Tim Kelsey has told Digital Health News the commissioning board will write to trusts in November to kick off the first baseline self-assessment for a new ‘digital maturity index’.

Caldicott: hangs on engagement
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 28/10/2015

The UK government and the health service must engage with GPs and the public if the programme is to go ahead, the NHS national data guardian has told MPs.

Safety still shaky at most hospitals, says Leapfrog
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 28/10/2015

The number is startling for how large it is. It pops off the page: 440,000 people die each year from preventable errors in hospitals.

Congress takes DOD, VA to task for lack of interoperable EHRs
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 28/10/2015

Officials from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs got an earful from members of Congress on Tuesday about continued lack of interoperability between DOD and VA electronic health record systems and failure to identify goals and metrics to clearly define achievement.

Congress to VA, DoD: Interoperability issues reflect poor management, not technology
FierceEMR ~ Dan Bowman ~ 28/10/2015

House lawmakers grilled Veterans Affairs and Defense Department officials at a hearing Tuesday about a continued lack of health data interoperability, calling the agencies' progress inexcusable and demanding more accountability.

AHIMA, HIMSS, IHE lay out map to interoperability standards
Government Health IT ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 28/10/2015

Three healthcare industry groups have released a white paper with an eye toward promoting development of interoperability standards and improving health information practices (HIM).

Do patient portals exacerbate healthcare disparities?
HealthcareITNews ~ Mike Miliard ~ 27/10/2015

Portals and personal health records have been touted as ways to spur better patient engagement and set the stage for improved outcomes. But a new study shows they often aren't used at all by the very people who may need them most.

NPfIT transitions 'high risk'
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 26/10/2015

Four NHS hospital trusts that need to replace their nationally procured electronic patient record systems by the end of the month are deemed "high risk" by the board overseeing the programme.

Walgreens puts expansion of Theranos' blood testing centers on hold
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 26/10/2015

Theranos' relationship with Walgreens may be fraying after the drugstore chain announced it will delay the opening of blood-testing centers until questions about the startup's technology are answered.

VA, DoD officials to discuss EHR interoperability with lawmakers
FierceEMR ~ Dan Bowman ~ 26/10/2015

Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense Department (DoD) technology officials are set to meet with members of Congress on Tuesday to discuss looming interoperability issues between the agencies' electronic health record systems.

Open source e-prescribing in pipeline
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 26/10/2015

An electronic prescribing system open sourced for the NHS may be introduced at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

Is healthcare IT ready for Baby Boomers coming of age?
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 23/10/2015

People over the age of 60 are likely to be driving the healthcare market around the world in less than five years, according to global research firm Frost & Sullivan.

How we're using FHIR to create EHR-agnostic applications
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 23/10/2015

When it comes to the widespread use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, Geisinger Health System Chief Clinical Informatics Officer Alistair Erskine calls himself impatient but optimistic.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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