International health IT week in review: April 10

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

More than half of hospitals hit with ransomware in last 12 months
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 07/04/2016

As many as 75 percent of U.S. hospitals responding to a poll this week could have been hit with ransomware in the last year, according to the new Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics Quick HIT Survey: Ransomware, and a chunk of those might not even know it.

GP IT suppliers agree to standard open APIs
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 07/04/2016

England’s four principal GP IT system suppliers are committed to developing standard open APIs and are working on a plan detailing when they will be released, NHS England has said.

Pfizer, IBM partner to create wearable sensors system to study Parkinson's
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 07/04/2016

Pfizer has partnered with IBM to develop a system that clinicians can use to treat patients who have Parkinson’s disease

Hospitals' digital prescription systems miss 40% of potential drug errors
FierceHealthIT ~ Zack Budryk ~ 07/04/2016

While dangerous drug errors are down significantly for hospitals that use digital medication orders, more than 10 percent of potentially fatal mistakes still slip through the cracks, according to a new report from the Leapfrog Group.

Lincolnshire shares records with InterSystems
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 07/04/2016

Thirteen health and social care organisations in Lincolnshire will use an InterSystems portal to share patient information.

Digital health tools used more for 'lifestyle' than disease management
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 06/04/2016

The popularity of health and wellness apps and devices is being fueled more by fitness or activity trackers than clinically focused tools to help manage chronic conditions.

Hospital hackers exploiting a flaw experts warned about in 2007
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 06/04/2016

Hackers are exploiting flaws on computer servers that the government and security experts red flagged as early as 2007.

FTC releases tool to help health app developers determine whether regulations apply
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 06/04/2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a new interactive tool on its website to help health app developers to determine whether certain regulations apply to their app.

HIEs on a 'promising path toward success'
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 05/04/2016

The healthcare industry should not give up on health information exchanges (HIEs), which continue to evolve and progress, according to a new viewpoint article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

NYC H+H reports successful EMR migration
Health Data Management ~ Elliot M Kass ~ 05/04/2016

New York City Health + Hospitals announced that it has successfully completed the first stage of a migration to a new electronic medical records system at Elmhurst and Queens hospitals, the first two of its 11 hospitals expected to make the transition.

Emis users can 'share your record'
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 05/04/2016

Emis Health has introduced new technology allowing a patient to digitally share their medical record with chosen clinicians.

Epic, Meditech, Surescripts showcase interoperability with regional HIE
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 05/04/2016

The cross-vendor data exchange using IHE and FHIR specifications showed off promising strides, while the industry is still working toward more widespread real-world use cases.

New collaboration links diabetes eHealth and medical call-center operator services in Nordic region ~ Staff writer ~ 05/04/2016

Diabetes Tools, Swedish medtech developer of the TriabetesClinic app-based decision support service, and MedHelp, northern Europe's largest privately owned healthcare advisory service, jointly announce a cooperation that offers greater access to specialist medical advice for diabetes patients across the Nordic region.

Department of Homeland Security singles out hospitals in ransomware alert
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 04/04/2016

The Department of Homeland Security is taking action in the wake of myriad recent cyberattacks against hospitals, issuing a ransomware alert to provide more information about the attack type.

Microsoft's Xbox Kinect breathes new life into respiratory assessment ~ Staff writer ~ 04/04/2016

Xbox Kinects could be used in the future to assess the health of patients with conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Researchers at the Institute of Digital Healthcare, WMG, University of Warwick and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) have developed a method of using the devices.

Ireland details €875m EHR plans
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 04/04/2016

Ireland is planning to spend up to €875 (£700m) on building an electronic health record over the next five to nine years.

US, Canada issue joint ransomware alert, discourage paying cyber attackers
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 01/04/2016

Warning comes on the heels of recent ransomware onslaughts on hospitals, businesses and private entities.

Quebec hospitals to standardize on Cristal-Net EHR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 01/04/2016

The computerized system is already used extensively by the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, which in early 2000 co-developed Cristal-Net in conjunction with the CHU de Grenoble in France. In October 2015, the CHU de Québec-Université Laval obtained the complete rights to the system and is now the sole owner and developer.

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