International health IT week in review: June 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending June 26:

VA misappropriated funds to upgrade VistA EHR, build mHealth apps
Healthcare IT News ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 23/06/2016

The US Inspector General accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing $51.9 million in government appropriations to enhance its proprietary VistA electronic health record and a suite of mobile health apps.

NHSMail 2 rolled out to 200,000 NHS staff
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 23/06/2016

More than 200,000 people have already been switched to NHSmail 2 and most will have barely noticed, the HSCIC says.

Trend Micro unveils ransomware security suite
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 23/06/2016

Trend Micro announced security software and services to help organizations avoid and eradicate ransomware as such attacks are becoming more frequent in the healthcare industry.

Clinical informaticist says the best is yet to come for FHIR
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 23/06/2016

InterSystems' Russell Leftwich, MD, says 'there's still a lot of data yet to be incorporated' with the HL7 standard.

Lessons learned launching critical care telehealth program at Intermountain
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 23/06/2016

Connected by audio and video to more than 260 intensive care unit beds, a team of 22 doctors and 20 nurses monitor patient conditions, provide real-time clinical support and ensure consistency of care.

Google partners with Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic for symptom search
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 22/06/2016

Google, the world's most used search engine, is partnering with two of the world's leading health organizations to take the confusion out of symptom searching.

Nokia plans move into regulated clinical devices via Finnish hospital partnership
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 22/06/2016

Nokia Technologies announced that it would work with Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the University of Helsinki to develop new technologies for outpatient care, starting with remote patient monitoring solutions.

IBM Watson aligns with 16 health systems and imaging firms to apply cognitive computing
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 22/06/2016

The collaborative, which includes health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies, aims to help doctors address breast, lung, and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke.

Integrating genetic info into CDS alert can reduce adverse drug events
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 22/06/2016

Incorporating genetics testing information into an electronic health record's clinical decision support (CDS) system can reduce adverse medication reactions, according to a study in theJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

Varied usability continues to plague EHRs
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 22/06/2016

The different functionalities of an electronic health record system vary greatly in their usability, according to a new report from AmericanEHR Partners, founded by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Virtual safety net to better coordinate care for ER patients
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 22/06/2016

Six East Bay hospitals are collaborating on the use of a data analytics tool that enables emergency departments at disparate health systems to share real-time patient health data to improve care coordination for vulnerable patients, such as homeless individuals who are high utilizers of emergency care.

Six European governments request support for interoperable telehealth ~ Personal Connected Health Alliance ~ 22/06/2016

Health ministries and their agencies responsible for ICT systems from Austria, Catalonia, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden today delivered a joint letter to the eHealth Network endorsing large scale deployment of telehealth systems.

St George’s deploys Cerner in neonatal, a first for the UK
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 21/06/2016

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will become the first in United Kingdom and Ireland to deploy Cerner in its neonatal unit.

It's time to let the EHR market innovate to drive interoperability
Healthcare IT News ~ Diana Manos ~ 21/06/2016

Several experts contend that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is attacking the wrong problems and the last thing anyone needs is more prescriptive regulation about EHR functionality, usability and quality measurement.

77 percent of healthcare organizations plan to put data in a public cloud, HyTrust says
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 21/06/2016

The research also found that 55 percent of healthcare organizations have already moved Tier 1 applications to a cloud, but security and orchestration remain as significant obstacles.

Your doctor will see you in this telemedicine kiosk
Kaiser Health News ~ Phil Galewitz ~ 21/06/2016

On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come.

RWJ Foundation projects US to slash healthcare spending by $2.6 trillion
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 21/06/2016

The nonprofit credits Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as reducing spending by $1 trillion, while Medicare and private health spending estimates are also lower.

As more health records go digital, paper still at risk
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 21/06/2016

Radiology Regional Center recently filed a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed against the Fort Myers, Fla.-based clinic in the wake of a paper records breach potentially affecting more than 483,000 individuals, alleging there's no evidence of harm caused.

HL7, IHE renew agreement for interoperability, FHIR collaboration
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 21/06/2016

In a joint statement of understanding, IHE and HL7 agreed to communicate and better coordinate schedules and projects to expedite the development and adoption of HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard.

GE Africa innovation centre opens in Johannesburg
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 21/06/2016

GE has opened its first African-based innovation centre in Johannesburg as part of its investment in developing home-grown solutions for Africa’s problems.

Kalorama: Cerner, McKesson earn EHR marketshare lead, Epic and Allscripts follow
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 20/06/2016

The research firm also said that with more than 1,000 products in the health IT space, the current market is unsustainable and hospitals should expect more vendor mergers and acquisitions in the near future.

AMA CEO: “digital snake oil” remarks have initiated much-needed discussion
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 20/06/2016

When asked specifically about electronic health records (EHRs), and if they are part of what he classifies as “snake oil,” Madara said they are not; but he noted that EHRs “are symbolic of a system that is not fully functional or living up to its potential.”

Ghana using telemedicine to improve rural health
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Mimi Machakaire ~ 20/06/2016

Ghana has successfully implemented a telemedicine program that is helping to improve healthcare in rural areas of the country.

Apple Watch gets social features, breathing app, emergency services at WWDC
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 17/06/2015

At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe.

Survey: adoption of health IT to improve care coordination remains sluggish
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 17/06/2016

Despite the promise of health IT to improve care coordination, there has been sluggish progress in the use of health IT to connect doctors and patients, according to a new survey report from Nielsen Strategic Health Perspectives.

What social media postings can reveal about health concerns
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 17/06/2016

There are significant regional, demographic and educational differences in the content that Americans post online when they share and search for health-related information on social media.

Wachter 'purdahed' but says CCIOs essential
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 16/06/2016

The US ‘Digital Doctor’ brought in to conduct a review of NHS IT says clinical engagement is essential to both successfully deploy new technology and overcome the ‘productivity paradox’ that initially stops it delivering expected savings.

EHRs and health IT infrastructure not ready for precision medicine
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 16/06/2016

Our technology to produce data from genetic medicine is far more advanced than our ability to use it in a clinical environment.'

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