International health IT week in review: February 21

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

IBM Watson buying Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 18/02/2016

IBM executives say the purchase adds not only a massive repository of health data to the Watson Health Cloud, but also an extensive client roster to IBM's Watson Health unit.

NHS Spine 2 managed entirely in-house
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 18/02/2016

The new open source NHS Spine service is being run entirely in-house by the Health and Social Care Information Centre working with small and medium-size enterprises.

Nuance to unveil new Dragon Medical One Platform speech recognition tool at HIMSS16
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 18/02/2016

The new version brings analytics functionality that keep tabs on the time spent documenting, helping health organisations track efficiency and productivity.

What hospitals can learn from Hollywood Presbyterian's ransomware run-in
Becker's Health IT & CIO Review ~ Max Green ~ 18/02/2016

Modern crooks can sit in front of computer screens, content in knowing that their exploits stand to net them huge sums of money with essentially no downside should they fail.

Members flock to Ireland's CCIO council
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 18/02/2016

Ireland’s Council of Clinical Information Officers has 145 members from 35 disciplines and is pushing to formalise the role across the country.

Ochsner's Optimal Hospital adds apps for doctors, nurses, patients
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 18/02/2016

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System is introducing a new program called Optimal Hospital that encompasses a number of different apps and devices to “improve workflow efficiencies in managing patient care, initiating more frequent and dynamic patient interaction,”

Saskatchewan creates patient health portal
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 17/02/2016

eHealth Saskatchewan is launching a new pilot program that will allow residents from across the province to view their personal health information online through a secure website.

ONC: Patient comfort levels with EHRs, data-sharing on the rise
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 17/02/2016

A nationwide survey from Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT conducted between 2012 and 2014 indicates patients are growing more comfortable with electronic medical records and support data-sharing.

Alberta aims to create integrated EHR across province
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 17/02/2016

Alberta is working on an integrated clinical information system that will connect the province’s 97 hospitals with primary care networks of family physicians, along with the provincial Netcare system.

Switzerland's MindMaze gets $100M to bring virtual reality therapy for stroke patients to US
MobiHealthNews ~ Staff writer ~ 17/02/2016

MindMaze, a Swiss company that uses virtual reality to help stroke victims through their recovery, has raised $100 million in funding to bring its product to the United States.

Hospitals need to get to grips with IT - Nuffield report
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 17/02/2016

NHS hospital boards need to get to grips with the potential benefits and pitfalls of implementing information technology, a new report from the Nuffield Trust urges.

Tech support from EHR vendors essential as many hospital clients vent frustrations
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 16/02/2016

IT support is emerging as a key factor in hospital satisfaction and many trends will shape these relationships, report says.

EHRs effective at flagging undiagnosed diabetes, new disease risk factors
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 16/02/2016

Electronic health records are better at flagging patients who may have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes than conventional screening--and at identifying several previously unknown risk factors for the illness, according to a new studyin the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

mHero tackles mental health in Liberia
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 16/02/2016

Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is using mHero to tackle mental health issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic.

Northwest OpenNotes Consortium: EHR data should belong to patients
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 16/02/2016

Enabling patients to view the notes physicians write about them puts them more in control of their own care, improves adherence and makes care more effective at lower costs.

Medical interns spent up to 7 hours a day using EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 15/02/2016

Medical interns spent as much as seven hours a day on electronic health records and clocked an additional five hours a day on them even after they got used to the systems, according to a small study published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Ransomware takes Hollywood hospital offline, $3.6M demanded by attackers
CSO ~ Steve Ragan ~ 14/02/2016

In a statement, the hospital confirmed that a ransom (less than what was previously reported by consultants) was paid in order to return the network to working order.

FBI, LAPD investigating Hollywood hospital cyber attack
NBC ~ Angie Crouch ~ 12/02/2016

The Los Angeles Police Department and FBI have launched an investigation Friday on the cyber attack that shut down the computer system of a Hollywood hospital for the past week, officials said.

33,000 patients go with the Flo
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 12/02/2016

A telehealth text messaging system developed in Stoke has been adopted by more than 70 health and social care services across the UK.

Cerner to demo Department of Defense electronic health record work at HIMSS16
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 12/02/2016

Cerner said it will demonstrate new elements of its electronic health record work for the U.S. Department of Defense at HIMSS16 for interoperability, first response and population health.

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