International health IT week in review: May 8

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 8:

Fitbit CEO hints at expanding healthcare strategy, FDA-cleared devices
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 05/05/2016

Fitbit CEO James Park spoke quite a bit about his product’s potential for a wider role in healthcare.

First NHS e-Referrals API by end of year
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 05/05/2016

The Health and Social Care Information Centre is developing a set of open APIs for its NHS e-Referrals service, with plans to deliver the first interface by the end of the year.

IBM unveils iPhone and iPad cognitive app with machine learning and predictive analytics
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 05/05/2016

IBM and Bausch + Lomb announced a partnership Thursday to offer an app for iPhones and iPads to deliver patient and clinical information to help doctors to plan and carry out cataract surgery.

Bryant to move to HSCIC as IT work shifts from NHS England
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 04/05/2016

Beverley Bryant is to move from NHS England to the Health and Social Care Information Centre as part of a significant shift of IT responsibilities away from the commissioning board.

Researchers develop algorithm to turn any phone into a clinically accurate spirometer
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 04/05/2016

A research team from the University of Washington has adapted a smartphone-based spirometry test to work with any kind of phone, including feature phones and landline phones, and to deliver clinically accurate results.

London develops Health and Care Information Exchange
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 04/05/2016

Health and social care organisations across the capital are working to develop a London Health and Care Information Exchange.

Planned IPO of Philip's lighting business will help fund its health tech plans
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 04/05/2016

The company announced yesterday it would sell 25 percent of its other major business, lighting, on the public markets in order to further separate the two businesses and raise money to support the growing health tech business.

Medical errors now the third leading cause of death, new study finds
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 04/05/2016

While human error can never be eliminated, better measurement of errors can mitigate the frequency, visibility and consequences of such errors, finds the BMJ study.

Paucity' of good EHR usability studies contributes to knowledge gap
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 03/05/2016

The available studies on electronic health record usability are not standardized, conducted too late in the design process to be of good use, and otherwise deficient, according to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

Vodacom Lesotho tackling HIV
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Mimi Machakaire ~ 03/05/2016

The Moyo Lesotho Project is using Vodacom’s mobile technology to provide children and pregnant women with HIV treatment and transportation to health facilities.

NHS Highlands develops smart glasses tech
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 03/05/2016

NHS Highland is working with an Inverness-based technology company to develop the use of smart glasses in health care.

Canadian ambulatory care clinics reap $200M in benefits from EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 02/05/2016

Canadian doctors in ambulatory care settings are reaping $200 million in annual value related to their electronic health record use, according to a new report released by Canada Health Infoway.

Proposed rule for direct review of certification over the top
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 02/05/2016

The overarching theme of comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule giving it the power to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT products is that the agency needs to scale it back.

Microsoft quietly sold its stake in Caradigm health venture with GE
ZDnet ~ Mary Jo Foley ~ 02/05/2016

Microsoft has sold its stake in Caradigm, a joint healthcare venture it had formed with GE Healthcare in 2011, for an undisclosed amount.

New Mexico's Project ECHO put forth as national telehealth model for rural care
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 02/05/2016

Project ECHO, a health IT pilot that launched in 2003 in rural New Mexico to connect rural doctors to specialists, is now front and center in Congress as lawmakers consider employing the model across the country.

Joint Commission reverses stand, allows text messaging
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 02/05/2016

The Joint Commission has rescinded a 2011 policy that prohibited physicians or licensed independent practitioners from texting orders for patient care, treatment or services to a hospital or other care settings.

eHealth Saskatchewan revvs-up hybrid cloud
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 02/05/2016

eHealth Saskatchewan has begun activating a hybrid cloud, an integrated mixture of private and public cloud technologies.

American Dental Association sends malware-infected USB drives to its members
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 29/04/2016

While fewer than 10 incidents have been reported thus far, the event sheds light on security awareness in the healthcare industry.

CHIME wants 'assurance' of med device interoperability
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 29/04/2016

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) believes that, when it comes to medical device interoperability, not enough is being done to ensure such tools can connect with their electronic health record systems.

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