International health IT week in review: June 5

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending June 5:

Release of patients' electronic data should be a top priority, says OCR
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 02/06/2016

At ONC’s annual meeting, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy in HHS' Office for Civil Rights, said the culture change surrounding data sharing will happen because patients demand it.


PHRs struggling to gain traction and show benefits: review
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 02/06/2016

Attempts to create personal health records suffer from a “lack of quantifiable benefits” and some schemes face an uncertain future if new funding is not found.


NFL players' medical records on stolen unecrypted laptop
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D Hall ~ 02/06/2016

Medical records for most players in the NFL were taken in the theft of a backpack from a Washington Redskins athletic trainer, which contained an unencrypted laptop and paper records.


CSUS: big differences found in usability of clinical software
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 02/06/2016

The Clinical Software Usability Survey has found big differences in the reported usability of the software used by NHS staff.


Gauteng eHealth plans on track
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 02/06/2016

While her department hoped to have made further progress with the digitisation of patient records, the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) is on track to modernise public health services by 2019.


Don't let the patent trolls win
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 01/06/2016

Discussions about patents can be pretty arcane and may not cause much of a stir, but a court decision last month against a patent troll may mark a turning point in health IT.


DoD poised to roll out Cerner EHR in December
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 01/06/2016

The U.S. Department of Defense is set to begin the initial implementation of its Cerner EHR in December, according to Stacy Cummings, program executive overseeing the highly-anticipated $4.3 billion contract.


ONC awards Boston Children's Hospital $275,000 to work on EHR apps discovery site
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 01/06/2016

The new agreement will support the development of an online app information site aimed at streamlining a developer’s ability to publish software and helping providers discover and compare the tech.


Healthcare must focus on 'interoperability of knowledge'
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 01/06/2016

As a whole, healthcare leaders need to think about including nontraditional data to reduce disparities, said Epic VP Peter DeVault at ONC's annual meeting.


Direct Project makes secure messaging available to patients
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 01/06/2016

The Direct Project, which offers secure electronic messaging between providers, now is expanding the service to patients and other healthcare consumers.


DirectTrust launches patient-centered HIE for secure sharing of medical records
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 01/06/2016

DirectTrust announced the launch of the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) with the aim of improving the secure exchange of protected health information (PHI) between patients and providers.


Preservation Wellness' medical records patent claim thrown out
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 31/05/2016

Yet another federal court has dismissed a patent claim against several electronic health record vendors on the grounds that the patent at issue was too abstract to be patentable.


White hack exposes risk posed by connected devices
Digital Health News ~ Daloni Carlisle ~ 31/05/2016

An ethical hack by an IT security provider of a private health clinic’s IT system has highlighted the vulnerability of internet connected medical devices.


Voice-assisted tool helps with workflow at Boston Children's Hospital
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 31/05/2016

The use of a virtual assistant at Boston Children's Hospital can help doctors who don't have a free hand to look up medical records, take pictures and more.


96 percent of acute care hospitals have adopted certified EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 31/05/2016

The rates of electronic health record adoption and data sharing among U.S. hospitals have increased significantly.


Lesotho’s Riders for Health getting mHealth support
eHealth News ZA ~ Terri Chowles ~ 31/05/2016

A team of scientists from Cornell Tech in the US are developing an mHealth app to help health workers in Lesotho keep track of samples being delivered by not-for-profit non-governmental organisation,Riders for Health.


OpenNotes makes strides but misgivings linger
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 27/05/2016

New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found mostly positive feedback from both doctors and patients, though there are still some clinicians who prefer to keep their notes from patients.


IBM Watson Health hires health IT vet Paul Tang as chief health transformation officer
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 27/05/2016

Paul Tang, M.D., former vice president and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, has joined IBM Watson Health as its vice president and chief health transformation officer.


Nanaimo doctors say electronic health record system unsafe, should be shut down
Times Colonist ~ Cindy Harnett ~ 27/05/2016

Implementation of a $174-million Island-wide electronic health record system in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital – set to expand to Victoria by late 2017 – is a huge failure, say senior physicians.


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