International health IT week in review: March 13

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

Frustrations linger around electronic health records and user-centered design
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 10/03/2016

Electronic health record usability might not have been the hottest topic at HIMSS16 this past week – our polling shows big data and interoperability tied for that honor, with privacy/security just nudging population health for the second spot – but it was certainly top of mind for many.

Senate bill imposes limits on FDA regulation of apps, software
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 10/03/2016

The Senate health committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would exempt low-risk medical software and mobile apps from regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, so as not to stifle innovation by developers.

£55m to increase e-Referral uptake
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 10/03/2015

NHS England has set aside £55 million to reward GPs and hospitals to increase the uptake of electronic referrals to 100% by 2018.

Usability trumps trustworthiness for consumers' health website preferences
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 10/03/2016

Consumers care more about ease of use than trustworthiness when it comes to looking up health information online, according to a Makovsky surveyof 1,035 US adults that was fielded by market research firm Kelton.

Removing healthcare barriers with telemedicine
eHealth News ZA ~ Mark Banfield ~ 09/03/2016

Mark Banfield discusses how these challenges are being addressed with eHealth innovation and how telemedicine is effectively transforming healthcare access in Africa.

Ponemon: Health orgs hit with cyberattacks every month
Government Health IT ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 09/03/2016

Healthcare organizations "are in the crosshairs" of cyber attackers, suffering one hack per month over the last year, with about half experiencing an incident involving the loss or exposure of patient information and another third unsure whether or not data was exposed, according to a new report.

Ottawa funds 22 new eHealth research projects
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 09/03/2016

The Minister of Health, Jane Philpott (pictured), the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, and the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, have announced $13.8 million in funding for 22 innovative eHealth projects.

ONC taps Accenture to create patient-generated health data framework
MobiHealthNews ~ Brian Dolan ~ 08/03/2016

At the HIMSS16 annual conference in Las Vegas last week, Accenture Federal Services announced a two-year consulting contract with the ONC to help the federal government create a framework for collecting and using patient generated health data in both research and clinical care.

Drones to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 08/03/2016

Rwanda has signed an agreement with Zipline International to build infrastructure for drones to deliver medical supplies to health facilities.

Royal Devon still in discussions with Epic
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 07/03/2016

A Devon trust is still in negotiations with Epic about buying its electronic patient record system - nearly two years after choosing the company as its preferred provider.

CIO says VA should rethink VistA, consider other off-the-shelf EHRs
Government Health IT ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 07/03/2016

U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs CIO LaVerne Council said last week that the VA needs to reconsider whether its proprietary Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture is the best electronic health record for its more than 1,200 healthcare sites.

ONC privacy chief talks APIs and how not to use HIPAA
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 07/03/2016

The ONC and OCR are tired of providers using HIPAA as an excuse not to share data with patients, the opposite of its intended purpose.

Regenstrief: health IT falling short of its potential
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/03/2016

If healthcare information technology is to fulfill its promise of improving health outcomes, the country needs a “rational and well-funded” agenda for HIT development, use and assessment.

UnitedHealthcare, Qualcomm collaborate on wellness mobile app powered by wearables
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 07/03/2016

UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm are collaborating on a new mobile health program dubbed UnitedHealthcare Motion that aims to boost wellness by linking financial incentives with the use of wearable devices.

Cancer center chain: hacker attack affects 2.2 million
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 07/03/2016

A Florida-based chain of cancer treatment centers is notifying 2.2 million individuals of a hacker attack that potentially compromised their protected health information.

Not all app uses subject to HIPAA
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 07/03/2016

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does not cover all health information, and sometimes--but not always--applies to health apps exchanging data with electronic health records.

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