International health IT week in review: July 17

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 17:

ONC certifies first open API for Stage 3 meaningful use interoperability requirements
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 13/07/2016

Carefluence OpenAPI proved to be compliant with Office of the National Coordinator criteria by using the FHIR standard. The application programming interface also can used with EHRs for open access.

One in four US adults have refilled an Rx via smartphone, but 62 percent want to
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 14/07/2016

A new survey of 1,000 US adults from Adobe Digital Insights found that consumers, especially younger consumers, are bullish on health apps, but their enthusiasm sometimes outpaces the technology available to them.

Imprivata to go private with $544 million Thoma Bravo acquisition
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 13/07/2016

The security technology developer makes patient ID, single sign-on, two-factor authentication tools for hospitals, now aims to expand product line.

North Staffordshire combined trust picks Lorenzo as its ROSE
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 13/07/2016

The Department of Health has approved funding for another trust in the North, Midlands and East to deploy the Lorenzo electronic patient record from CSC.

Congressional leaders question VA’s progress on interoperability
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 13/07/2016

During a US Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, congressional leaders voiced strong concerns about the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) progress on achieving interoperability with regard to the exchange of electronic health records with the Department of Defense (DoD).

Early appropriations bill offers hope for patient identifier advocates
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 13/07/2016

The most recent budget plan developed by the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education offers a ray of hope for organizations that are pushing for the institution of a unique identifier for patients.

eHealth drives improved healthcare delivery models in Africa
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 13/07/2016

A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan has predicted that healthcare IT and the pharmaceutical industry in Africa will experience substantial growth in 2016.

How a tablet-based system could speed stroke care
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 13/07/2016

Computer tablets have the potential to speed stroke care while patients are being transported to a hospital by leveraging mobile videoconferencing, according to researchers at the University of Virginia Health System.

Most Canadians want, but do not use, digital health tools
mobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 12/07/2016

While nearly 90 percent of Canadians said in a recent survey that they want digital health technologies – believing it leads to better healthcare – only a small percentage are actually taking advantage of tools.

National Programme for IT ends, but not for everyone
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 11/07/2016

The National Programme for IT has finally come to an end, although the bill for the enormously expensive and controversial project will continue to be paid for years to come.

Policymakers should consider mandatory e-prescribing to help combat opioid abuse
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 11/07/2016

As Congressional leaders move forward on a number of bills meant to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the National Center for Policy Analysis issued a report calling on policymakers to consider the use of one specific health IT tool – mandatory electronic prescribing (e-prescribing).

The mobile phone: a tool for change
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 11/07/2016

Dr Peter Benjamin will be one of the speakers at eHealthALIVE2016 addressing the importance of mHealth in improving healthcare access in Africa.

Active market for healthcare records looms as newest cyber threat
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 11/07/2016

Offers to sell patient records with protected health information on the “Dark Web” market represent a new level of threat for healthcare organizations trying to protect health information, offering further monetary inducement to hackers trying to access records

Former Cambridge CEO appointed first national CCIO
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 08/07/2016

Professor Keith McNeil, the former head of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as England’s first national chief clinical information officer.

Number of public HIEs drop, bringing viability into question
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 08/07/2016

Despite federal funding that aided their creation, the number of community and state health information exchanges is declining as HIEs struggle to remain financially viable now that seed money has dried up.

ONC kicks off blockchain challenge
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 08/07/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking for ways that blockchain could be put to work in healthcare scenarios.

Cerner ups the cost of hosting data center for Defense Department's new EHR
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 08/07/2016

DoD says it may reopen bids for the data center and analytics portion of the DHMSM contract.

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