International health IT week in review: January 31

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

Time for a patient-driven health information economy?
New England Journal of Medicine ~ Kenneth Mandl and Isaac Kohane ~ 21/01/2016

As patients strive to manage their own health and illnesses, many wonder how to get a copy of their health data to share with their physicians, load into apps, donate to researchers, link to their genomic data, or have on hand just in case.

Epic tops Best in KLAS awards for 6th year
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 28/01/2016

For the sixth straight year, Epic has secured the top spot for Overall Software Suite in the Best in KLAS: Software & Services report, which is compiled based on feedback from healthcare providers.

Beth Israel gears up to launch HealthKit-enabled remote patient monitoring program
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 28/01/2016

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will soon become the latest hospital to incorporate health monitoring via connected devices and Apple’s HealthKit infrastructure.

Stanford launches its patient-facing health management app, MyHealth, for Android
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 28/01/2016

The app, called Stanford Health Care MyHealth app, allows Stanford Health Care patients to view their medical information, check test results, pay medical bills, manage prescriptions, schedule doctor appointments, and consult with a physician via secure messages or through the video visits feature.

Texas hospital's EHR system suffers ransomware attack
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 27/01/2016

Mount Pleasant Texas-based Titus Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is the latest victim of a cyberattack of its electronic health record system, with ransomware making it inaccessible.

New code for open source EHR released
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 27/01/2016

IMS Maxims has released the latest version of its open source electronic patient record, including all of the enhancements made for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

For patients, providers, and communities, tech's biggest healthcare opportunity is still improving communication
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 27/01/2016

Even as medical technology enables some amazing things, the most important breakthroughs in public health could still come from simple technologies that can expand access to care and improve communications, according to a panel of providers and technologists that took the stage with Former President Bill Clinton at theClinton Foundation Health Matters Summit earlier this week.

GS1 demonstrator sites announced
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 27/01/2016

Six NHS hospital trusts have been named as demonstrator sites for the use of GS1 barcoding standards and will share £12 million in funding from the Department of Health.

Time is right for patient-centered health repositories, not portals
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 26/01/2016

A number of public and private initiatives have been launched over the years in the name of a personal health record for patients. But one way or another, they've all failed to gain traction

Health data orgs align cybersecurity efforts to protect against cyberattacks
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 26/01/2016

As healthcare data breaches and and cyberattacks have "reached epidemic proportions," according to the two groups, they'll now work toward better risk mitigation, response and recovery after HIPAA events.

FDA unveils draft guidance for medical device interoperability
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 26/01/2016

The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday unveiled draft guidance it hopes the medical device industry will follow for including interoperability in the design and development of such tools.

£1B question answered "shortly": Freeman
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 25/01/2016

Details of how the government will invest more than £1 billion on digitising the NHS over the next five years will be announced shortly, minister for life sciences George Freeman has said.

Stevens launches innovation 'test beds'
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 22/01/2016

Seven ‘test bed’ sites for innovations such as remote monitoring and wearable technologies will be announced today by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

Athenahealth to build inpatient EHR with University of Toledo Medical Center
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 22/01/2016

Cloud-based health IT company athenahealth is poised to build an inpatient electronic medical record. The vendor will work with University of Toledo Medical Center to develop an EHR for doctors who work both in a physician practice and in a hospital.

Kaiser Permanente says website woes, now on third day, weren't caused by cyber attack
San Francisco Business Times ~ Chris Rauber ~ 21/01/2016

Kaiser Permanente says serious outages this week on its health website serving 10.2 million enrollees have been resolved and weren't caused by a cyberattack, although the portal still didn't appear to be fully accessible to all members as of Thursday afternoon.

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