International health IT week in review: May 29

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending May 29:

FHIR rapidly advancing as healthcare data exchange standard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/05/2016

Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interface is making significant progress on the road to becoming a mature standard, with the normative version slated for release early next year.

Alder Hey works with Watson on 'cognitive hospital'
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 26/05/2016

While many NHS organisations are still grappling with shifting their core systems into the digital age, developments at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust point to a future where big data and “cognitive programming” will inform nearly every health decision.

Mount Sinai makes bold $500 million 'Mt. Sinai Downtown' modernization
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 25/05/2016

The network will upgrade facilities to embrace a new model of care that is more efficient and strengthen its focus on populations health and integrating research about genomics and digital medicine for personalized treatments.

WEDI names Charles Stellar as president, CEO
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 25/05/2016

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an industry-sponsored health information technology advocacy group that also advises the Department of Health and Human Services, has named Charles Stellar as its new president and CEO.

Why Apple believes healthcare will one of its key markets
Health Data Management ~ Bloomberg News ~ 25/05/2016

The health monitoring market is ready for new technology innovation, and Apple CEO Tim Cook believes your body should be more like keeping tabs on the performance of your car.

Ransomware: healthcare fights back
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 24/05/2016

"We've heard from one of the large east coast health systems that they turned away over 1 million ransomware emails in the month of March alone."

INTEROpen supplier group launched to promote open standards
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 24/05/2016

Supplier-led interoperability group has been launched to promote the exchange of data across healthcare through the adoption of open standards.

Practice Fusion veterans announce iBeat wearable-as-a-service startup
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 24/05/2016

The startup is working to create a device that will continuously monitor a user’s heart activity, the company said. Howard called the emerging offering a wearable-as-a-service.

Intermountain launches new telehealth service
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 24/05/2016

Intermountain Healthcare has launched a new telehealth service that connects patients in Idaho and Utah with the health system’s providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through video and audio conferencing on the web.

IT facilitating continuous care delivery transformation in real time
Healthcare Informatics ~ Mark Hagland ~ 24/05/2016

CIO John Kravitz shares his vision for IT as a facilitator of transformational change at Geisinger Health.

Raspberry Pi-based EPR in a box wins NHS Hack Day 13
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 23/05/2016

A go anywhere, Raspberry Pi-based, electronic patient record in a box for emergency medical teams to use when responding to emergencies like the Ebola outbreak, won the latest NHS Hack Day London.

EHRs help detect inpatients at imminent risk of dying
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 23/05/2016

Electronic health records can help identify hospitalized patients at risk of death, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine.

Danny Sands sees cultural change coming to healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 23/05/2016

Too many people, on both sides of the doctor-patient relationship, still think of healthcare as a service industry, according to Danny Sands, MD, founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Most interesting vendors 2016: athenahealth: accelerating its growth in hospital IT
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 25/05/2016

In early 2015, the Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, the provider of ambulatory cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) systems, made quite a splash when it jumped into the hospital market with two strategic acquisitions of inpatient EHR systems.

Most interesting vendors 2016: Nuance Communications: the power of clinical language
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 24/05/2016

Working professionals worldwide likely are familiar with Nuance Communication’s Dragon speech recognition technology, as the company’s long-standing flagship software allows for fast dictation that can be applicable across several industries.

Most interesting vendors 2016: Leidos: healthcare IT’s “quiet company" becoming less quiet by the day
Healthcare Informatics ~ Mark Hagland ~ 23/05/2016

Snaring the Defense Department’s EHR implementation contract (in partnership with Cerner) last year helped open new doors of market recognition for Leidos Health.

Hackers return for more money in ransomware attack at Kansas Heart Hospital
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 23/05/2016

Hackers are demanding a second ransom from Kansas Heart Hospital after the organization paid to have access to its systems restored last week.

OpenNotes strengthens patient-doctor relationships
FierceEMR ~ Dan Bowman ~ 23/05/2016

Transparency via the OpenNotes initiative is creating stronger patient-physician relationships in the face of concern that note sharing might be offensive to patients, new research shows.

Google unveils Android Wear 2.0 and health data exchange API
Healthcare IT News ~ Aditi Pai ~ 20/05/2016

The new application programming interface enables information exchange in a similar way to Apple HealthKit, the company says.

Hospitals making significant investments in smartphone-based communications
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 20/05/2016

Sixty-three percent of hospitals and health systems have deployed or plan to deploy a mobile communications platform supporting more than 500 smartphones in the next year, according to a new survey from Spyglass Consulting Group.

ONC task force recommends PMI addendum to interoperability roadmap
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 20/05/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should consider developing a precision medicine initiative (PMI) addendum to its interoperability roadmap, the agency's precision medicine task force recommended this week.

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