International health IT week in review: November 15

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

NHS IT needs £8 billion - McKinsey
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 10/11/2015

The NHS needs to spend an additional £7.2 billion to £8.3 billion on digital technology over the next five years in order to achieve savings of between £8.3 billion and £13.7 billion, according to a report by management consultancy firm McKinsey.

22 point plan for NHS digital adoption
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 10/11/2015

A high-level report on NHS IT by management consultants McKinsey makes 22 recommendations to drive the adoption of technology and achieve the anticipated productivity gains; many of which have already become policy.

Docs are flocking to digital communications tools
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 12/11/2015

Clinical decision support vendors are among the front-runners in the move to mobility. The latest to jump is Medscape, which rolled out its Medscape Consult digital platform during this week's mHealth Summit.

Boston Children's Hospital discharge tool puts patient, parents in control
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 12/11/2015

The tool sends families either a text message or email within in 24 hours of discharge that contains a link to a Web-based survey.

Hospital EHR adoption up, but problems persist
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 12/11/2015

More hospitals than ever have implemented electronic health records, but challenges and the adoption gap have not dissipated, according to newresearch published in Health Affairs.

E-discharge: unmonitored target defended
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 12/11/2015

The October target for all providers to send discharge letters electronically is not being monitored nationally, but has focused attention on the need to make the process paperless, supporters have argued.

E-discharge: Nottinghamshire junks faxes
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 12/11/2015

Nottinghamshire GPs have used the October e-discharge target to stop receiving faxes altogether, forcing providers to adopt electronic processes.

Q&A: Epic president Carl Dvorak
HealthcareITNews ~ Skip Snow ~ 11/11/2015

Healthcare IT News had an opportunity to speak with Dvorak about Epic's approach to population health. Here's what he had to say.

FCC selects frequency coordinator for medical body area networks
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/11/2015

The Federal Communications Commission has selected the Enterprise Wireless Alliance to serve as frequency coordinator for Medical Body Area Networks (MBAN) to ensure interference-free sharing of spectrum between wireless patient monitoring devices in hospitals and aeronautical testing systems that might be operating outside.

FDA warns of cyber threats to networked medical devices
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/11/2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that networked medical devices may provide potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities allowing hackers access to hospital networks and putting protected health information and patient safety at risk.

Why interoperability efforts are heating up
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 11/11/2015

In recent weeks, participation in interoperability initiatives has been growing from different constituencies within the healthcare industry. Most striking has been an influx of interest from groups that have not been at the table before.

Walgreens pushes outward with major telehealth expansion
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 10/11/2015

The largest U.S. drugstore chain and telehealth provider MDLive are expanding their virtual care collaboration to 20 more states, bringing the total to 25.

Unnecessary opioid alerts 'overwhelm' emergency department
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 10/11/2015

An electronic health record's clinical decision support (CDS) tool in a hospital's emergency department issued so many unnecessary and clinically inconsequential alerts relating to opioids that providers found them "overwhelming" and contributing to alert fatigue.

Apple ResearchKit: 'a huge step forward'
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 10/11/2015

ResearchKit is making the clinical trial process a whole lot easier - and that's the first step toward achieving better clinical outcomes.

Lack of adherence sinks UCLA remote monitoring study
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 10/11/2015

Telemonitoring failed to improve readmission rates for heart failure patients inresearch from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Feds to conduct audit of hospital networked medical devices
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 09/11/2015

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General will conduct an audit looking at whether the security of networked medical devices at U.S. hospitals is sufficient to effectively safeguard electronic protected health information (ePHI) and ensure patient safety

New standards coming to aid medical device, 3D printer interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 09/11/2015

Two new standards being created by standards development organization IEEE are designed to foster plug-and-play interoperability of medical devices and 3-D printers.

Inadequate device cleaning tops alarm fatigue on ECRI health hazards list
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 09/11/2015

ECRI Institute released its annual list of top hazardous technologies that pose a danger to patients, hospitals and health systems.

Has gamification gone over a cliff?
mHealth News ~ Eric Wicklund ~ 08/11/2015

The idea of creating games for healthcare has fallen so far off the radar, it's not even being tracked by Gartner any more.

Congress between a rock and a hard place when it comes to enforcing VA-DoD interoperability
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 05/11/2015

After nearly two decades of failed efforts to play nicely together, and billions of dollars spent, perhaps it's time to punish noncompliance of federal requests.

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