International health IT week in review: July 24

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 24:

Ontario to connect LTC systems with hospital records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/07/2016

The Ontario Long Term Care Association will be leading a project funded by Canada Health Infoway to provide Ontario long-term care homes with secure access to residents’ electronic medical information from provincial and regional data sources.

Trusts and CCGs face crack-down in 'reset' on NHS finances
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 21/07/2016

Five trusts have been put into a new ‘intervention’ special measures regime and a further 13 could follow, NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced.

Federal health IT spending sees 'astonishing growth,' says new report
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 21/07/2016

A new analysis of information technology spending at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Agency shows that, even despite sequestration, IT services for federal health agencies are up 27 percent annually.

Justice department, state attorneys general sue to block Anthem, Aetna deals
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 21/07/2016

The US Department of Justice announced Thursday that the department, along with attorneys general from multiple states, filed lawsuits to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s pending acquisition of Humana.

Royal Brompton goes live with Lorenzo
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 21/07/2016

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has gone-live with a Lorenzo patient administration system, jettisoning its old green screen system in the process.

DrDoctor cuts DNAs at Guy’s and St Thomas’
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 20/07/2016

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust chief technology officer says that introducing a new digital booking system will save the trust the equivalent of £3.4 million a year.

NWT expands its use of electronic records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 20/07/2016

Clients in the Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority will become the newest beneficiaries of electronic medical information systems, as the Government of the Northwest Territories continues improvements to the NWT Health and Social Services system with its roll-out of the Territorial Electronic Medical Record (EMR) project.

SAHIA announces eHealth ALIVE 2016 sponsorship
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Grant McDonald ~ 20/07/2016

SAHIA has come on board as a show sponsor for eHealthALIVE2016, a conference dedicated to driving eHealth excellence in Southern Africa.

Scribe use helpful but imperfect, inefficient
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 19/07/2016

Using scribes can be a positive experience for physicians, but they’re imperfect and raise additional issues, according to an editorial published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Health IT rethink needed amid "colossal" financial challenge
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 19/07/2016

Sir David Dalton has called for a radical shake-up in the way that NHS IT is bought and deployed in a health select committee report that warns the NHS is facing a "colossal" financial challenge.

ONC names first winners of data sharing app challenges to leverage FHIR
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 19/07/2016

Applicants were asked to use HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources specification and open application programming interfaces to develop apps that enable more robust data sharing than exists in most electronic health records.

Joint Commission delays lifting secure text messaging ban
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 19/07/2016

The Joint Commission, which accredits healthcare organizations, has put on hold its plan to lift its longstanding ban on clinicians using text messaging to place patient care-related orders so it can collaborate with federal regulators to develop additional guidance.

NDoH launches Metropolitan Health TB app
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 19/07/2016

The NDoH has launched the Metropolitan Health TB app to encourage all healthcare providers to increase screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of TB.

Nokia, Withings launch Thermo, a WiFi-enabled, FDA-cleared thermometer
mobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 18/07/2016

Withings, the Paris-based health device maker that is now part of Nokia Technologies, announced the availability ofThermo, a WiFi connected temporal thermometer and app.

Virtual reality healthcare, coming to Liverpool
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 18/07/2016

The company has been asked to build a front-end application for patients in Liverpool to access their health and social records.

Vulnerable patient populations find apps close to useless
FierceHealthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 18/07/2016

Low-income patients are eager to embrace mobile healthcare apps, but the majority say the tools are frustrating and nearly useless, finding data entry burdensome and gaining little use from the apps.

HPCSA goes digital to verify qualifications
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 18/07/2016

The HPCSA will be implementing a web-based system to verify the credentials of practitioners who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of SA.

Patients’ ability to electronically access their medical records is increasing
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 15/07/2016

More than 90 percent of hospitals now offer patients the capability to view electronic medical records (EMRs) online, and most offer the ability to perform related tasks, according to new research from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

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