International health IT week in review: March 20

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

Hospital exec quits, compares $764m upgrade to Challenger disaster
New York Post ~ Michael Gartland ~ 16/03/2016

A senior official was so worried a new $764 million medical records system for the municipal hospital system was launching too early that he resigned, comparing it to the disastrous space shuttle Challenger launch in 1986.


Industry leaders question prevalence of information blocking
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/03/2016

Solving the issue of information blocking is one of the key tenets of federal initiatives to promote interoperability, but some industry leaders question how significant of an impediment the practice is in healthcare today.


Telehealth: Vermont VA cuts $63k per patient costs
Government Health IT ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 17/03/2016

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' use of telemedicine to treat patients at a Vermont hospital resulted in an average travel payment savings of $18,555 per year between 2005 and 2013, according to a study published in the journalTelemedicine and e-Health.


Drones to improve HIV testing in Malawi
eHealth News ZA ~ Terri Chowles ~ 17/03/2016

The government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of drones to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing.


21 clinical trials that are using Fitbit activity trackers right now
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 16/03/2016

Consumer activity trackers are inexpensive, user friendly, and reasonably accurate, so it's not surprising that as their public profile has grown, so have the number of researchers using them in clinical trials.


Epic to develop Apple Watch app, 'Limerick,' a test results notifier
Healthcare IT News ~ Skip Snow ~ 16/03/2016

The app enables doctors to receive alerts via Apple Watch so if they are waiting on test results about one patient, that physician can know immediately.


Surrey and Sussex trust to use PKB with 3,200 IBD patients
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 16/03/2016

Surrey and Sussex HealthcareTrust is to offer patient-controlled electronic records to more than 3,200 people with inflammatory bowel disease.


NYC’s $764M medical records system will lead to ‘patient death’: insiders
New York Post ~ Michael Gartland ~ 15/03/2016

A new $764 million medical records system is launching at the municipal hospital system on April 2, even though insiders warn it isn’t ready and patients will suffer.


Epic, InterSystems take top spots for HIE and interoperability in new KLAS rankings
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 15/03/2016

Epic Systems and InterSystems earned the highest performance scores in the field of health information exchange and interoperability in the latest study from independent research firm KLAS.


Manchester Care Record adds end-of-life plans
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 15/03/2016

Manchester is incorporating ‘end-of-life’ care plans into its shared records scheme.


NY e-prescribing law takes effect March 27, doctors now face fines for pen-and-paper
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 15/03/2016

I-STOP legislation passed in 2012 to combat controlled substance abuse; New provision to begin this month requires physicians to prescribe almost everything electronically.


Happy ending in laptop breach case
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 15/03/2016

In an unusual twist, a stolen laptop containing data for nearly 206,000 patients has been returned by mail to Premier Healthcare more than two months after it was discovered missing.


Ottawa Hospital hit with ransomware, information on four computers locked down
Ottawa Citizen ~ Vito Pilieci ~ 14/03/2016

The Ottawa Hospital has confirmed that four computers in its network of 9,800 were hit with ransomware last week, encrypting the information on those machines and making it inaccessible to hospital administrators.


E-discharge: standard clinical headings required by Dec
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 14/03/2016

All NHS providers must send digital discharge summaries to GPs using standard clinical headings by December this year, the new draft NHS standard contract says.


Patient access to data will bolster precision medicine, cancer moonshot
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 14/03/2016

The federal government is pursuing a fistful of bold visions to transform healthcare including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the National Cancer Moonshot, and for those to succeed patients are going to need the ability to access and share health data in new ways.


From innovation to implementation - eHealth in the WHO European region
ehealthnews.eu ~ Staff writer ~ 14/03/2016

This report describes the development of and emerging trends in electronic health (e-health) in the WHO European Region in 2016.


FHIR, the hottest topic at HIMSS16, sets stage for population health
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 11/03/2016

CMS, ONC promise to not only accelerate adoption of the interoperability spec but also have some providers looking ahead at ways they can put it to use.


Department of Veterans Affairs awards $22 billion for massive T4NG contract
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 11/03/2016

Twenty-one companies were awarded spots on the Department of Veterans Affairs' $22.3 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation acquisition program, or T4NG, the federal agency announced this week.


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