International health IT week in review: January 24

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

Epic, athenahealth, other EHR vendors sign on for Carequality Interoperability Framework
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 21/01/2016

Barely a month after its launch, the Carequality Interoperability Framework devised by The Sequoia Project has already signed up five health IT heavy-hitters to be the first to implement its data exchange principles: athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts.

No smartcard' Spine apps on way: HSCIC
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 21/01/2016

NHS staff will soon be able to get mobile access to the NHS Spine without the use of a smartcard.

Healthcare the least prepared sector against cyberattacks
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 20/01/2016

Healthcare is the most targeted yet least prepared sector in the U.S. when it comes to cyberattacks, according to a report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.

Meaningful Use is not back because it never actually left
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 20/01/2016

Time to stop celebrating. Meaningful Use is still here, everyone.

Using patient fingerprints to break down medical record silos
MIT Technology Review ~ Tom Simonite ~ 20/01/2016

A start-up uses encryption and fingerprint authentication to compare medical records across providers and aims to make them easier to move, too.

Scripps Wired for Health study results show no clinical or economic benefit from digital health monitoring
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 19/01/2016

The results are in for the Scripps Translational Science Institute’s Wired For Health study, and there’s no sugar-coating it: they’re disappointing for those working in digital health.

Wales adopts NHS Number
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 19/01/2016

NHS Wales has adopted the NHS Number as the official patient identifier for all of its IT systems.

Online access to records increasingly 'acceptable' for Americans
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 19/01/2016

More Americans are in favor of online access to their medical records, so long as they believed that the site was secure, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

CHIME announces $1M patient ID challenge
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 19/01/2016

Wanted: a solution to the challenge of creating a universal way to identify patients that is safe and secure. If you think you may have the answer, it could result in a $1 million prize.

Survey: 15 percent of family physicians used telemedicine in 2014
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 19/01/2016

According to a just-published 2014 survey of 1,557 US physicians, there’s a big disconnect between support for telehealth and actual use of telehealth technologies.

FDA wants more cyber protection for medical devices
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 19/01/2016

New draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration lays out steps the regulatory agency wants medical device manufacturers to address to reduce cybersecurity risks to the devices.

Meaningful use still in effect, MACRA changes will take time
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 19/01/2016

One week after Andy Slavitt said meaningful use would be replaced soon, the acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator and national coordinator Karen DeSalvo made it clear that the changes would take time and that providers must still follow the current program.

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