International health IT week in review: June 12

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending June 12:

E-prescribing use remains extremely low in the NHS
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 09/06/2016

Levels of electronic prescribing in NHS hospitals remain stubbornly low, with less than a fifth of hospitals making widespread use of inpatient e-prescribing.

New FDA draft guidance encourages medical device makers to share data with patients
MobiHealthNews ~ Brian Dolan ~ 09/06/2016

In 2012 The Wall Street Journal published a story that quoted a big medical device company spokesperson explaining that they couldn't provide patients the medical device data gathered by implanted devices inside their own bodies because regulators wouldn't allow it.

Physicians at Canadian hospital petition to suspend EHR system roll out due to patient safety concerns
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 09/06/2016

Physicians at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital in British Columbia, Canada have signed a petition asking the Vancouver Island Health Authority to suspend the roll out of a new electronic health record (EHR) system, citing concerns regarding patient safety.

How hospitals are meeting the demand for wireless networking
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 09/06/2016

Healthcare delivery organizations are faced with growing technology demands in today’s connected healthcare environment, and many hospitals view wireless connectivity as critical to improving the overall patient experience, as well as enhancing hospital efficiency.

mLab and CSIR unlock local mHealth innovation
eHealth News ZA ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 09/06/2016

Technology accelerator, mLab Southern Africa, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are joining forces to stimulate more open innovation and development within the mHealth and Wellness sector.

Liverpool self-care program cuts emergency admissions
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 09/06/2016

A study of a large scale, supported self-care programme in Liverpool has found clear reductions in emergency admissions and secondary care costs for some patients.

Xerox unveils new telehealth virtual clinic tools
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 08/06/2016

The infrastructure and consulting services can enable healthcare providers to build out telehealth strategies and design tools that address interoperability challenges and improve the patient experience.

My interview with Steven Keating, the ‘Open Patient’
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 08/06/2016

How far would you go to get access to your health data if you had a life-threatening condition? Would you enroll in a graduate medical program to get access to your own tumor as a researcher? Steven Keating did.

Does blockchain have a role in healthcare?
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 08/06/2016

There’s a growing realization that blockchain technology could help answer many of the vexing questions in healthcare regarding keeping better track of patients’ electronic records and improving the security with which they’re shared.

PDMP use correlates with reduced opioid prescribing
FierceHealthIT ~ Dan Bowman ~ 08/06/2016

Prescription drug monitoring programs reduced the rate of opiates prescribed in ambulatory settings by more than 30 percent over roughly a decade, according to new research published in the June edition of Health Affairs.

Practice Fusion settles FTC charges that it misled patients
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 08/06/2016

Ambulatory care electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it misled consumers by soliciting reviews about their doctors without disclosing adequately that the reviews would be made public and posted on the internet.

Wound-care system transformed into EHR for home care
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/06/2016

How do you coordinate patient care among hundreds of healthcare providers who work independently in communities scattered across a province? Creating an electronic health record system has been VHA Home HealthCare’s response to this challenge.

Telus and QHR to collaborate on interoperability
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 08/06/2016

Telus Health, Canada’s largest health IT company, and QHR Technologies, a leading electronic medical record (EMR) provider, have announced their intention to collaborate to improve communications between healthcare providers across Canada.

iPlato launches MyGP appointments app as API talks continue
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 08/06/2016

Patients can now book and cancel GP appointments through a new feature launched on iPlato’s MyGP.

Nokia launches new Withings connected scale
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 08/06/2016

Withings, the connected health device company that was recently acquired by Nokia Technologies, has launched a new connected scale, the Withings Body Cardio.

Allscripts, Marshfield Clinic, athenahealth EHRs dominate Black Book rankings
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 07/06/2016

Allscripts took the top spot in user satisfaction among ambulatory providers for largest group member practitioners, surpassing Cerner, athenahealth, MCIS, Epic Systems, eClinicalworks and QSI NextGen.

Experts worry that API-enabled apps will endanger patient data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/06/2016

The healthcare industry is rapidly moving towards an approach using third-party apps designed to dramatically increase consumer access to their electronic health records through application programming interfaces.

Why EHR data is crucial in combating opioid overdoses
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 07/06/2016

As the US continues to suffer from an opioid addiction epidemic, electronic health record data have the potential to help clinicians better predict who is most likely to die or experience other serious complications from abuse of the drug class.

Nevada hospital tests EEG headbands, tablet apps for pain management
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 06/06/2016

Southern Hills Hospital in Nevada recently completed a pilot of a technology that used Samsung tablets and a wearable EEG reader to assess patients' pain and to attempt to lessen that pain with distracting content.

Why McKesson may sell its health IT business
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 06/06/2016

As reports surfaced last week about McKesson considering the potential sale of its technology solutions unit, industry observers suggest that some factors might be aligning for the healthcare giant to reassess its stake in the healthcare IT business.

AMA-led coalition lambasts current level of interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 06/06/2016

Existing metrics for assessing the extent of health data interoperability, grounded in electronic health records meaningful use criteria, are insufficient and should be replaced, the American Medical Association and 36 other societies have told federal officials.

Patient portals frustrate users, bring little benefit to healthcare organizations
Health Data Management ~ Elizabeth Gardner ~ 06/06/2016

The first time Debra Loggia visited her orthopedist, the practice wouldn't allow her to make an appointment until she had signed up for, and signed into, its patient portal.

Stellenbosch University developing rapid TB test
eHealth News ZA ~ Mimi Machakaire ~ 06/06/2016

Researchers at Stellenbosch University are collaborating with a multinational team of scientists to develop a rapid point-of-care diagnosis test for TB.

GPs embracing phone but not Skype consultations
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 06/06/2016

GPs remain resistant to politicians' calls to adopt Skype consulting, with many citing poor technology and a lack of patient demand.

Specialist docs returning to specialty-specific EHRs
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 03/06/2016

Specialist surgical and medical practices are forgoing their generic, multipurpose electronic health record systems and reverting back to specialist-driven ones, according to a new survey announced by Black Book Rankings.

Moving closer to an app store for health
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 03/06/2016

The ambitious goal of the SMART Platform project at Boston Children’s Hospital is to create an “App Store” for healthcare.

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