International health IT week in review: July 31

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending July 31:

Doctors save two hours each shift with speech recognition software
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 29/07/2016

Chicago-based Edward-Elmhurst Health has helped its providers save up to two hours during each shift by integrating Nuance’s cloud-based Dragon Medical One speech recognition platform.

EHRs and digital health tools 'dramatically transforming' care experience, patients say
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 29/07/2016

A new study found that patients of all ages, with Baby Boomers leading the charge, are interested in accessing medical records online and tapping into portals to book appointment, pay bills, and refill prescriptions.

Congress offers glimmer of hope for patient matching
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 29/07/2016

An industry trade group sees signs of hope that Congress will help move patient matching efforts forward, but they're also keeping an eye on the 2016 elections.

EHRs have largely positive impact on patient care, survey finds
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 29/07/2016

Electronic health records (EHRs) and other patient-directed technologies are having a profound, and mostly positive, impact on patient behavior, sometimes enough to cause shifts among patients from one provider to another, according to a new survey from CareCloud.

Wearables, apps won't face FDA scrutiny
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 29/07/2016

General wellness apps and devices won’t face tough FDA scrutiny, as long as they only promote general wellness and present a low risk to the safety of those who use them.

Precision medicine market to skyrocket past $87 billion
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 29/07/2016

Cancer treatments, drug discovery, genome sequencing, president Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, are all driving big spending for personalized and precision medicine.

Health systems collaborating with Fitbit to use connected health technologies
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 29/07/2016

Researchers at several large health systems, such as Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern Medicine, have been using Fitbit and Fitabase technologies to incorporate fitness data into clinical studies and for mHealth patient engagement projects.

EHRs help improve the quality of inpatient nursing care
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 28/07/2016

The use of electronic health records by hospital bedside nurses can improve the quality of care provided without increasing direct costs, according to a new study in the Journal of Nursing Administration.

Twelve million records shared in Merseyside
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 28/07/2016

More than 12 million records have been shared across Merseyside, as an increasing number of health and social services sign up to share information.

Hacker goes through a business associate to attack a clinic
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 28/07/2016

Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic is notifying an unspecified number of patients following a cyber attack on its electronic health records system that used the log-in credentials of an outside vendor who has since been terminated.

Statewide health information network reaches milestone of 40 million patient records
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 28/07/2016

Ten months after the Statewide Health Information Network for New York launched its statewide patient record look up service, healthcare professionals can now access the records of more than 8.8 million patients who have given consent across the state.

Ransom smackdown: group promises decryption tools
Healthcare Info Security ~ Mathew J Schwartz ~ 28/07/2016

A new public-private partnership is a statement of intent against ransomware, says Raj Samani, CTO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at security firm Intel Security.

New EHR go-lives don’t impede patient care
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 28/07/2016

Despite concerns that the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) might unfavorably impact patient care during the technology transition period, no negative short-term affects were found for 17 U.S. hospitals, according to new research published in the BMJ.

Researchers leverage EHR data to reduce alarm fatigue
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 27/07/2016

Hospitals are places where clinicians are typically bombarded with a variety of alarms sounding from medical devices.

Final three take Lorenzo deal
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 27/07/2016

Three trusts have been granted central funding to deploy Lorenzo as an electronic patient record system, as part of the deal agreed between the Department of Health and CSC in 2012.

Congress considers controversial patient ID matching issue
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 27/07/2016

A Congressional proposal that would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to offer technical assistance to private-sector efforts aimed at solving the problem of matching the right records to the right patient could pave the way for a significant breakthrough, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.

Healthcare tops for ransomware incidents in Q2
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 27/07/2016

The healthcare industry, far and away, led all others in volume of ransomware detections in the second quarter of 2016, according to a recent security firm report.

CMS releases updated quality star ratings for hospitals
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 27/07/2016

After much anticipation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finally published the first release of its overall hospital quality star ratings on the agency’s Hospital Compare website.

SA automates ARV dispensing
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 26/07/2016

A self-service ATM-style machine that dispenses antiretroviral (ARV) medication was unveiled at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban.

AHA lauds growth in patient access to electronic records
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/07/2016

Prodded by requirements in the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, hospitals are increasingly making it easier for patients to access their medical records, according to data collected by the American Hospital Association.

The “Father of OpenNotes” shares his perspectives on the movement’s forward march
Healthcare Informatics ~ Mark Hagland ~ 26/07/2016

The OpenNotes movement, in which physicians and patient care organizations are sharing physician notes with patients following their doctor visits, is gaining steam all across the U.S. healthcare system.

Joint Commission text order ban for docs back in place
FierceHealthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 25/07/2016

A ban on clinician use of messaging and text tools is back on as federal agencies want more time to develop guidance to ensure safe deployment of texting order activity.

Why Philips is buying population health vendor Wellcentive
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/07/2016

Royal Philips has significantly deepened its footprint in the population health management sector with the acquisition of Wellcentive, which sells analytics products that support population health management initiatives.

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