International health IT week in review: February 14

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

Details of £1.8b tech funding revealed
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 09/02/2016

NHS organisations will have access to £1 billion in capital funding and £400 million in revenue to help them become paperless over the next five years.


SCR in outpatients and police rooms
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 11/02/2016

Access to NHS Summary Care Records is being extended to scheduled care settings and dedicated medical rooms in police stations.


Electronic health records trim odds of hospital-acquired infections, other adverse events
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 11/02/2016

A recent study funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests that patients with fully electronic health records experienced fewer adverse events such as hospital-acquired infections.


Online tools increase likelihood patients will receive preventative care
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 11/02/2016

Patients with access to their online health information who received timely alerts about gaps in care were more inclined to receive preventative tests and screenings compared with patients who didn't use the service, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.


Cerner launches open platform to spur development for SMART on FHIR apps
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 09/02/2016

Cerner has launched its new Cerner Open Developer Experience -- known as "code_" -- in a bid to spur wider collaboration with third-party and client developers for SMART on FHIR applications.


E-discharge uptake revealed by DMI
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 09/02/2016

Around two thirds of NHS trusts are sharing discharge summaries electronically with GPs and one fifth are prescribing electronically, early findings from digital maturity self-assessments show.


Withings adds $5 blood pressure algorithm to Health Mate app
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 09/02/2016

Withings has added a new paid software feature to its Health Mate app, an algorithm called Hy-Result that will help patients analyze the blood pressure data they collect from Withings devices.


More than a dozen IBM Watson health-related partnerships
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 09/02/2016

It’s been almost a year since IBM launched its newest health-focused business unit, called Watson Health and a new cloud offering called the Watson Health Cloud.


GiftedMom combating maternal mortality in Africa
eHealth News ZA ~ Terri Chowles ~ 09/02/2016

Two young entrepreneurs have developed an mHealth platform, called GiftedMom, that is helping new mothers and pregnant women in rural African communities.


Senate health committee unanimously passes HIT bill
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 09/02/2016

The Improving Health Information Technology Act and six other bills cleared the Senate health committee with bipartisan support at a hearing on Tuesday.


UCS TS launches Helix-Rx digital script management
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 09/02/2016

Leading provider of solutions and services to the South African retail pharmacy industry, UCS Technology Services (UCS TS), announced the launch of Helix-Rx, a core component of their mobile application suite, Helix, to the market.


Massive health IT framework coming soon
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 08/02/2016

A massive new framework tender for electronic patient records, hosting, portals, mobile working and many other digital solutions will be published at the end of this month.


Carter: NHS to adopt 'meaningful use'
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 08/02/2016

NHS Improvement should create ‘meaningful use’ standards for clinical IT systems and use incentives to drive better adoption of technology, Lord Carter’s review of hospital productivity recommends.


Jawbone finally kills support for BodyMedia devices
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 08/02/2016

Last month saw the last vestige of BodyMedia, the FDA-cleared consumer-facing wearable device company acquired by Jawbone in 2013, slip away.


Hunt briefs £4 billion for NHS IT
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 07/02/2016

The government is planning to spend around £4 billion on NHS technology over the next five years, according to advance reports of an announcement by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.


HL7 chief Charles Jaffe to update on FHIR Argonaut Project progress at HIMSS16
Healthcare IT News ~ Chris Hayden ~ 05/02/2016

HL7 launched the Argonaut Project in collaboration with healthcare IT vendors and providers to accelerate the adoption of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and, according to Jaffe, there are several exciting developments to discuss.


Providers see only minor productivity declines after ICD-10 implementation
Healthleaders media ~ Steven Andrews ~ 05/02/2016

A decrease in staff productivity has been the top challenge for providers after ICD-10 was implemented, but relatively few organizations have seen a significant decrease in productivity, according to a recent survey from Navicure.


Obamacare sign-ups top 12.7 million combined on Healthcare.gov, state exchanges, HHS says
Healthcare IT News ~ Susan Morse ~ 05/02/2016

A last-minute surge lifted the total enrolment in Obamacare to 12.7 million this year, accounting for 9.6 million consumers enrolled or re-enrolled for coverage through Healthcare.gov and 3.1 million people who selected plans through the state-based marketplaces.


CONNECT for Health Act unveiled; expands use of telemedicine, saves $1.8 billion
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 05/02/2016

A bipartisan group of Senators this week unveiled legislation to remove Medicare barriers to telemedicine use in a bill that proponents say can generate $1.8 billion in savings over 10 years.


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