International health IT week in review: November 29

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

Questions asked about £1bn NHS IT fund
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 26/11/2015

The government’s plan to invest £1 billion in new technology for the NHS in England over the next five years has received a cautious welcome from trade body Tech UK.

Ransomware attacks on med devices a real possibility in 2016
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 25/11/2015

Ransomware will come to medical devices or wearables in 2016, Forrester Research predicts in a new report.

Mobile technology - a new infection risk? ~ Mike Casey ~ 25/11/2015

Before the advent of modern medicine, a stay in hospital was a risky business - in a crowded, dirty ward, an infection could spread like wildfire.

Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 24/11/2015

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on what 'interoperability' is.

Challenges ahead for portals
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 24/11/2015

With the rush to implement electronic health record systems and meet meaningful use requirements, there have been mixed results in getting patients to use patient portals.

Your doctor doesn’t want to hear about your fitness-tracker data
MIT Technology Review ~ Andrew Rosenblum ~ 24/11/2015

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be shocked if your doctor is more skeptical.

Deborah Estrin’s ResearchKit for Android project taps Mole Mapper as first app
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 24/11/2015

ResearchKit is finally coming to Android. Or at least, ResearchStack, a comparable and compatible research framework for Android devices is coming to Android.

USDA increases rural telehealth funding
HealthcareITNews ~ Jessica Davis ~ 24/11/2015

U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the expansion of the USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program with $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 new projects in 31 states.

Patient opt-outs actioned by January
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 24/11/2015

Around 700,000 patients who objected to having their identifiable data shared with third parties will have their wishes recognised by January next year, nearly two years after being offered the opt-out.

Epocrates pulls plug on Bugs + Drugs
HealthcareITNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 24/11/2015

Epocrates, an athenahealth subsidiary, pulled its Bugs + Drugs app from the App Store this past week, two years after the free mobile tool was found by physician reviewers at the iMedicalApps review site to be rife with errors.

NHS boost includes £1 billion for IT
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 24/11/2015

The government is to "fully fund" the NHS 'Five Year Forward View" over the course of this Parliament; and Treasury documents indicate that £1 billion will go on NHS IT over the next five years.

Will 2016 be when consumer-driven healthcare kicks in?
mHealth News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 23/11/2015

Over the next five years technology has the "ability to change the marketplace," with three major trends: convergent technology redefining what's possible in healthcare, the invasion of consumer technology and the big question of whether the consumer will use it. No one wins unless the consumer wins.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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