International health IT week in review: November 22

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

End of NPfIT in London and the South
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 19/11/2015

The National Programme for IT has come to an end in London and the South with the exit of the final trust to deploy Cerner Millennium from the BT data centre.

Apixio launches cognitive computing platform
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 19/11/2015

Apixio announced today the release of its new cognitive computing platform, Iris, which it says will bring advanced data insights to healthcare by extracting and analyzing medical data previously trapped in electronic health records.

Feds want mHealth developers better educated on HIPAA
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 19/11/2015

The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules, wants mobile health developers – as well as developers of other health IT products – to become more familiar with HIPAA.

Formula 1 tech monitors sick children
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 18/11/2015

An NHS hospital is using technology developed to monitor drivers in the McLaren Formula One racing team to keep track of the health of seriously ill children.

Certified technology comparison task force outlines initial goals
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 18/11/2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new certified technology comparison task force met for the first time Nov. 17, to outline its work plan and goals for the upcoming months.

Irish hospital plans records access
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 18/11/2015

A hospital in Ireland plans to give patients access to their medical records by this time next year.

Sampling of EHR comments on Stage 3 meaningful use
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 18/11/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended the comment period for Stage 3 meaningful use this past month, and the comments continue to roll in.

Telehealth saves money, improves patient engagement and outcomes
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 18/11/2015

First Health of the Carolinas, a four-hospital delivery system serving the mid-section of North Carolina, was an early adopter of home-based telehealth patient monitoring services in 2005.

New e-referral system links GPs, specialists and patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 18/11/2015

A family doctor and a team of technologists have created an online referral system that keeps patients in the loop when they are referred to specialists for care. The South Side Patient Care Network tested the system this spring and 35 medical clinics have since signed on.

EHRA defends comments on information blocking
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 17/11/2015

Members of HIMSS' Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA), apparently stung by negative media and other reaction to the group's letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the agency's interoperability report, have written a blog post clarifying its position.

Doubt cast on value of computerised CBT
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 17/11/2015

Computer courses to treat depression are likely to be ineffective, according to research by the University of York.

Telehealth's biggest roadblock: physician reimbursement
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 17/11/2015

Arguably one of the largest roadblocks to full telehealth implementation is the lack of standardized payment methods. Physicians want to be reimbursed for their time, just as they would in a traditional office visit.

Practo joins Uber in accessing doctors
Elets News Network ~ Staff writer ~ 17/11/2015

Helping patients to reach doctors easily Practo, Asia’s largest healthcare booking platform, and Uber, the world’s leading ride-hailing technology platform, have announced a global partnership.

IT productivity plan an 'educated guess'
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 16/11/2015

NHS England’s plan to spend billions on technology to drive efficiencies in healthcare provision is based on an “educated guess”, according to an academic in health information.

NHS 24 abandons 'challenging' IT system
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 16/11/2015

Scotland’s health advice service, NHS 24, has had to withdraw a new, £117 million computer and phone system over patient safety fears as winter pressures approach.

A closer look at Geisinger's refund app
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 16/11/2015

Geisinger Health System made waves this past week with its announcement it will offer refunds for 'dissatisfied' surgery patients.

EHR adoption for small hospitals continues to lag
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/11/2015

Electronic health record adoption rates are on the rise among U.S. hospitals, with 75 percent of hospitals now having adopted at least a basic EHR system, up from 59 percent in 2013.

Patient data breaches widespread, beyond healthcare
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 13/11/2015

Some 392 million health records have been accessed in 1,931 protected health information breaches across a staggering 90 percent of industries, according to preliminary findings from a new Verizon report.

J&J integrates diabetes management app with Apple HealthKit
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 13/11/2015

Diabetic patients using Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan OneTouch Reveal mobile diabetes management app can now view their blood sugar readings directly in the Apple Health app on their iPhone and choose to securely share that data with their providers.

It’s way too easy to hack the hospital
Bloomberg Businessweek ~ Monte Reel and Jordan Robertson ~ 13/11/2015

Firewalls and medical devices are extremely vulnerable, and everyone’s pointing fingers.

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