International health IT week in review: April 24

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

GP IT funding increased by 18 per cent
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 21/04/2016

Clinical commissioning groups are getting an 18% increase in GP IT funding and must provide all practices with technology allowing remote access to patient records within this financial year.

GP e-consultations get £45m fund
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 21/04/2016

A £45 million national programme will be introduced for GPs to increase uptake of online consultations with patients.

ONC offers 4 ways to build better EHR comparison shopping tools
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 21/04/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said it can harness data it already has to help providers make better electronic health record purchasing decisions.

New York Presbyterian Hospital to pay $2.2 million for 'egregious disclosure' of PHI in HIPAA violation
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 21/04/2016

OCR found that NYP allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop.

States' diverging telehealth policies cause for confusion
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 21/04/2016

Washington state now covers store-and-forward remote monitoring, while Oklahoma has stopped reimbursing for such services, both clear examples of states' diverging policy directions when it comes to telemedicine.

Uber delivers flu shots in SA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 21/04/2016

Discovery and Dis-Chem are leveraging app-based taxi service, Uber, to deliver flu vaccines to Discovery Vitality members via the UberHealth platform.

Caldicott and stalled by EU referendum 'purdah'
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 21/04/2016

Dame Fiona Caldicott’s most recent review of data sharing will not be published until after the referendum on membership of the European Union, it has been revealed.

EHR tension heats up between VA and Congressional Appropriations Committee over modernization plans
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 20/04/2016

Claiming that it was “startled” by VA officials revelations that it considering purchasing a commercial EHR instead of keeping VistA, the committee put strict conditions on full funding that a Senate committee already approved.

HSCIC to become NHS Digital
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 20/04/2016

The Health and Social Care information Centre is to be renamed in NHS Digital and is to have a new chair, Noel Gordon.

82 percent of athletic people in the UK use fitness tracking technology
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 20/04/2016

Some 82 percent of recreational athletes use fitness tracking technology, which includes smartphone apps, fitness tracking devices, GPS watches, and heart rate monitors, according to a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) survey of 2,000 recreational athletes in the UK.

Mount Sinai signs on with OpenNotes, gives patients access to their medical record via portal
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 20/04/2016

New York's Mount Sinai Health System is joining other high-profile health systems across the nation in embracing OpenNotes, an initiative that gives patients access to their care provider's notes in their medical records.

Maine becomes second state to require electronic prescribing for controlled substances
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 20/04/2016

The Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program also sets a cap on number of days for opioid prescriptions and requires doctors to undergo addiction training every two years.

N.S. woman keeps receiving health records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/04/2016

A business woman in Bedford has been receiving mental health records of strangers via fax for over ten years. Despite her efforts to correct the error and stop the faxes, they continue to arrive.

eLearning videos aim to improve health data collection ~ Terri Chowles ~ 20/04/2016

Three eLearning videos depicting the importance of accurate health data collection have been developed for South African healthcare workers.

Alberta budgets $400 million for provincial EHR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/04/2016

Alberta will top $20 billion in healthcare spending for the first time this fiscal year, as the NDP government moves ahead with major investments in cancer care, information technology and long-term care.

Digital Health, BCS and CHIME partner on CIO qualification
Digital Health News ~ Staff writer ~ 19/04/2016

Digital Health is in discussions with BCS Health and CHIME UK to offer NHS chief information officers the US-developed certified health CIO qualification.

Roche partners with mySugr for Accu-Chek, Logbook app integration
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 19/04/2016

About a year after pharmaceutical company Roche announced an investment in diabetes app company mySugr, the companies announced an integration partnership.

Decision Resources Group launches massive repository with new clinical and claims data
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 19/04/2016

DRG officials say the database covers the de-identified health information of 240 million patients and includes some 3.2 billion claims.

How providers can better prepare for ransom attacks
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/04/2016

The recent malware attack on MedStar Health shows both the scope of the threat the healthcare industry is facing and helps security professionals better understand key steps that are essential to protecting access to data.

Southern trusts to get £50m central funds before March 2019
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 18/04/2016

More than £50 million in central government money is yet to be paid to southern NHS trusts to deploy new clinical IT systems before March 2019.

NIST to release new guidance for strengthening hospital cybersecurity
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 18/04/2016

The imminent set of best practices will help healthcare organizations become more penetration-resistant, more effective at limiting damage attackers can inflict and ultimately better able to withstand cyberattacks.

Children's National Health System teams up with Cerner on quality measure dashboards
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 18/04/2016

Big screens in every hospital unit show quality and safety indicators for doctors, nurses, patients and family members. Children’s has reduced urinary tract infections while improving medication safety and time to treatment.

Jury awards EHR vendor $940 million in trade secrets case
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 18/04/2016

A federal jury's decision to award $940 million in damages to electronic health recordssoftware vendor Epic Systems, which had sued an India-based consultancy alleging theft of trade secrets, serves up important lessons regarding restricting access to all sensitive data, including intellectual property.

Africa Health 2016 adds health tech conference ~ Mimi Machakaire ~ 18/04/2016

Africa Health 2016 has announced a brand new conference titled: Health Technology Assessment, to take place on Thursday 9th June.

Black Book: Hospitals' loyalty to their EHR dipped 6 percent
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 18/04/2016

A hospital's faithfulness to its inpatient electronic health record dropped 6 percent – from 81 percent to 75 percent – between 2015 to 2016, according to a new Black Book survey.

Senate Appropriations Committee approves funding for VA EHR improvements, telemedicine
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 15/04/2016

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a bill that allocates funding for health technology endeavors of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including the modernization of the agency's electronic health record system, digital scanning of health records and telemedicine use.

Thousands of providers miss New York State’s deadline for e-prescribing
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/04/2016

The state is the first in the nation to require that all prescriptions – both for controlled and non-controlled substances – be created electronically.

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