International health IT week in review: February 7

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

Emis Health opens Web to third parties
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 04/06/2016

Emis Health has announced an update to its Emis Web clinical system that will allow it to interoperate with any third party supplier conforming to a published set of open application interfaces.

NHS 24 admits IT "systemic failure"
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 04/02/2016

A frank report to the Scottish Government’s Public Audit Committee has admitted that “systemic failure” is responsible for the ongoing failure to introduce new IT to the NHS 24 service.

John Halamka to hand out health IT report card at HIMSS16, gives average grade to sector
Healthcare IT News ~ Diana Manos ~ 04/02/2016

If only the EHRs didn't run on 1990s technology, the health IT expert says ahead of his keynote in Las Vegas later this month.

Practice Fusion lays off 25% of workers to create positive cash flow
TechCrunch ~ Sarah Buhr ~ 04/02/2016

Practice Fusion, a startup digitizing electronic health records (EHR) for hospitals and healthcare facilities, confirmed to TechCrunch that it trimmed a quarter of its workforce today in an effort to become cash flow positive.

Ireland consults public on identifier
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 03/02/2016

Ireland’s Health Service Executive has launched a public consultation on the privacy implications of creating a unique health identifier, similar to the NHS Number.

Latest telemedicine bill could save $1.8B by waiving Medicare restrictions
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 03/02/2016

A bipartisan group of US Senators led by Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced new telemedicine legislation that would move to waive restrictions on Medicare telehealth coverage that many consider antiquated or arbitrary.

Automation boosts performance at new Humber River Hospital
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 03/02/2016

When planning what has become North America’s most automated hospital, the management team at Humber River Regional Hospital would have been quite happy to emulate another hospital that had put all the pieces together.

Mercy Health saves $42 million by tying list of approved medications to EHR
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 03/02/2016

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Mercy Health has saved more than $42 million on drugs since 2010 by building a formulary within its electronic health record platform.

CAMH launches online mental health gateway and app
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 03/02/2016

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has launched Portico, an online interactive platform that connects primary care providers to the latest clinical tools, resources and information about treating mental illness and addiction.

Mackenzie Health moves ahead with Epic HIS
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 03/02/2016

Mackenzie Health is going ahead with a full implementation of the Epic hospital information system, as part of its drive to achieve Level 7 in the HIMSS EMRAM scale within three years.

Survey: Health informatics professionals confident in state of the industry
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 02/02/2016

Most health informatics professionals responding to a recent survey say they are confident in the stability of the field and their own careers.

1m blood donors book online
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 02/02/2016

Nearly 1.5 million blood donation appointments have been booked online since NHS Blood and Transplant introduced a digital booking system two years ago.

Survey: 71 percent of adults would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 02/02/2016

Some 71 percent of US adults said they would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate, according to a survey of 1,011 US adults between December 10 and 13th last year.

Hospitals employ email 'empathy' to help doctors and patients keep in touch
Healthcare IT News ~ Kaiser Health News ~ 02/02/2016

The idea of tailoring regular electronic communications to patients counts as a healthcare innovation that could save money, improve quality.

HIT enters 'post-EHR era'
Healthleaders media ~ John Commins ~ 02/02/2015

Hospital health information technology budgets are still growing, but the focus has shifted from meaningful usebenchmarks and big electronic medical records projectstoward business analytics, mobile services, and cloud-based technologies, a new survey shows.

Health IT outsourcing to grow to $68.3B by 2020
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 02/02/2016

Outsourcing for healthcare technology will grow in the next four years, and is set to reach $68.3 billion by 2020, according a report from Everest Group.

Motsoaledi does not want NHI to limit choices
BusinessDay ~ Tamar Kahn ~ 02/02/2016

South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has distanced himself from a controversial proposal in the White Paper on National Health Insurance (NHI) to slash the benefits offered by medical schemes, saying the state should not limit patients’ choices.

Tech money to fund transformation
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 01/02/2016

Most of the £1 billion promised for investment in health IT will be capital investment used to fund local transformation programmes enabled by technology, the interim chair of the National Information Board has said.

Medical device cybersecurity risks: measuring the impact
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 01/02/2016

Independent researchers are paying a lot of attention to the cybersecurity of a variety of medical devices from a number of vendors. Some of this work will soon result in a new methodology for assessing whether a security issue is likely to pose a danger to patients, says medical device cybersecurity researcher Billy Rios.

Carestream to unveil mobile photo capture module for enterprise imaging platform at HIMSS16
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 01/02/2016

A new module will enable users to snap pictures with smartphones and tablets and then save those to the Carestream platform and integrate them with an EHR.

CDC: Almost three-fourths of docs using certified EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 28/01/2016

The percentage of office-based physicians implementing certified electronic health records climbed to 74.1 percent in 2014, up from 67.5 percent in 2013.

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.

Zambia’s eHealth programme disbanded
eHealth News ZA ~ Terri Chowles ~ 27/01/2016

Zambia’s national eHealth programme, which aimed to implement web-based electronic medical reports (EMRs), referrals and the electronic transmission of medical results through text messages, has been shut down due to withdrawal of funding.

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