International health IT week in review: February 28

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

EPR implementation led to 'catastrophic loss of confidence'
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 25/02/2016

Problems with the introduction of the Epic electronic patient record at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust led to a catastrophic loss of confidence in the system that took months and a “huge amount of effort to rebuild”, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons has said.

Cerner, IBM, Epic, Verily, others sign on for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 25/02/2016

Leading health IT vendors get in precision medicine game at White House Summit, including Allscripts, athenahealth, McKesson.

New York providers face challenges in meeting e-prescribing law deadline
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 25/02/2016

E-prescribing in the state of New York becomes mandatory in a little over a month, but some hospitals and physicians are not quite ready.

Jembi conducts eHealth workshops in Mozambique
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 25/02/2016

Jembi Health Systems and the University of Eduardo Mondlane recently conducted workshops on the integration of health information systems in Mozambique.

Andy Slavitt on ICD-10: 'Y2K fears didn't come to pass'
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 25/02/2016

Teamwork, accountability and a focus on stakeholder concerns all have enabled a smooth transition for the healthcare industry to date from ICD-9 to ICD-10, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

GOSH tenders for £50m EPR
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 24/02/2016

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust has gone to tender for an electronic patient record and a clinical and research portal worth £50 million.

WebMD eyeing expansion into healthcare price transparency, telehealth
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 24/02/2016

WebMD may soon begin to offer healthcare price transparency tools to users, and is even looking at becoming involved in telehealth, CEO David Schlanger said.

ONC creates Tech Lab, will sunset Standards and Interoperability Framework unit
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 24/02/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT established the ONC Tech Lab to both encourage public input on standards development and serve as a central connection point for the office’s own work.

Poor cyberthreat prep puts patients in danger
FierceEMR ~ Dan Bowman ~ 24/02/2016

Healthcare is "an industry in turmoil" where patient health is "extremely vulnerable" due to insufficient cybersecurity efforts, according to authors of a two-year research study published this week.

"Reasonably small" number of chronic health apps are useful
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 24/02/2016

Some 43 percent of iOS health apps and 27 percent of Android health apps are useful, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, which included an analysis of 945 iOS and Android health apps.

HHS failed to heed many warnings that was in trouble
Washington Post ~ Amy Goldstein ~ 23/02/2016

During the two years before the disastrous opening of, federal officials in charge of creating the online insurance marketplace received 18 written warnings that the mammoth project was mismanaged and off course but never considered postponing its launch, according to government investigators.

HSCIC plans big data centre of excellence
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 23/02/2016

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is to set up a Centre of Excellence for Big Data and Data Science with the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office.

eClinicalWorks makes big move into acute care EHRs
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 23/02/2016

eClinicalWorks is moving into the acute care EHR space, and will showcase early work on the new technology at HIMSS16, the company said.

FHIR blazes new (and needed) path in healthcare
CIO ~ Ken Terry ~ 23/02/2016

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources would allow developers to write apps that would extend the capabilities of Electronic Health Records, give patients direct access to their own records and create a more solid basis for interoperability. It’s no wonder healthcare providers are getting excited about it.

Population health, patient engagement top healthcare purchasing plans in 2016
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 22/02/2016

The report also claims 23 percent of healthcare organizations are planning to look for new EHR vendors in 2016.

Merck launches diabetes mHealth program
eHealth News ZA ~ Terri Chowles ~ 22/02/2016

Merck has launched the Diabetes Online Risk Assessment (DORA) programme that supports diabetes patients through screening, diagnosis and treatment.

How providers maximize EHRs to reduce readmission rates
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 22/02/2016

Studies have shown that EHRs can perform predictive analytics to pinpoint patients who are at higher risk of readmissions so the hospital can target them accordingly.

FDA’s draft medical device cybersecurity guidelines need teeth
Government Health IT ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 19/02/2016

The FDA's draft of cybersecurity guidelines for medical devices does not go far enough in its recommendations for a framework for protecting devices from future attacks, a new report says.

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