International health IT week in review: May 15

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 15:

Boston Children's big data effort provides near real-time influenza tracking
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/05/2016

Using cloud-based data from electronic health records, a Boston Children’s Hospital-led research team has successfully demonstrated that it can detect cases of influenza in near real-time and in the process beat similar reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by at least one week.

Bitcoin tech applied to clinical trial documents
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 12/05/2016

The blockchain technology that underpins the virtual currency Bitcoin has been applied to clinical trial documents, to see if it can stop them being altered to make it look as if medicines are more effective than they are.

Barts and Homerton to link info exchanges
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 12/05/2016

Barts Health NHS Trust will share patient information with Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust via a first-of-type UK link between their Cerner Health Information Exchanges, due to go-live this summer.

Transcribed medical records exposed on the web
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 11/05/2016

Children's National Health System in Washington is blaming a medical transcription company's misconfigured file server for a data breach that exposed thousands of patient records on the web.

Informatics leader Brennan to lead National Library of Medicine
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 11/05/2016

Former AMIA board president takes helm as NLM becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science.

Ponemon: 89 percent of healthcare entities experienced data breaches
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 11/05/2016

Nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches, and for the second year in a row criminal attacks are the leading cause of breaches in healthcare, according to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data.

Lincolnshire's Path Links moves to digital pathology
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 11/05/2016

Path Links, a pathology service for Lincolnshire, is to upgrade to digital pathology in a bid to enhance cancer diagnostics.

Patient access to medical records key to stemming inaccuracies
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 10/05/2016

Unlike what happens in Vegas, what happens in a patient's medical record--especially inaccuracies--can stay with them forever, Dhruv Khullar, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said.

MACRA proposed rule: Good intentions from CMS but a burden for small practices
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 10/05/2016

Many physicians have waited with bated breath for the end of meaningful use, looking forward to a new era of less burdensome compliance requirements and more realistic reporting guidelines.

EHR, claims data critical to success of FDA’s National Device Evaluation System
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 10/05/2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is aggressively pursuing the creation of a national evaluation system for medical devices designed to generate better evidence for more efficient device evaluation and clinical/regulatory decision making.

Joe Biden: Sharing of health data 'a matter of life and death'
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 10/05/2016

Not even the vice president of the United States is immune to poor electronic health record interoperability.

Cardio Pad giving heart health a boost in Cameroon
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 10/05/2016

An engineer in Cameroon has developed an innovative mHealth device, called the Cardio Pad, which can transmit cardiac signals over a mobile network.

Yale School of Medicine unveils Hugo cloud-based personal health record
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 09/05/2016

The platform, developed by Yale School of Medicine researchers and Yale New Haven Health System, is designed to enable patients to both access their records and participate in studies.

NantHealth files for $92 million IPO
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 09/05/2016

NantHealth, the digital health wing of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantWorks portfolio of companies, has registered for an initial public offering.

ONC fires up $1.5 million in grants to fuel interoperability
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 09/05/2016

Two new funding initiatives, dubbed High Impact Pilots Standards Exploration Award, will focus on improving care delivery and data sharing.

Merck hosts first eHealth meet-up in Kenya
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 09/05/2016

Merck and Intellecap recently hosted the first of a series of eHealth meet-ups focusing on scaling eHealth innovations in Kenya.

HL7 posts new FHIR test version tuned for clinical decision support
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 06/05/2016

Dubbed release candidate number 3, the latest incarnation of the emerging interoperability standard also brings advancements for workflow, eClaims, CCDA profiles and provider directories.

Overly complex rule could drive docs out of practices
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 06/05/2016

The recently proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the new Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is overly complex and could wind up driving many clinicians out of the industry, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

SES deploys SATMED eHealth platform in Niger
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 06/05/2016

SES has deployed the SATMED eHealth platform at the CURE Hospital for Children in Niger to enhance healthcare in rural and remote regions of the country.

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