International health IT week in review: August 7

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 7:

£100m pot for "digital excellence" centres
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 04/08/2016

Selected trusts in England are being asked to compete for access to a £100 million funding pot to become “centres of global digital excellence”.

OpenNotes reaches 10 million patients
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 05/08/2016

The OpenNotes team announced a significant milestone this week as 10 million patients nationwide have access to their physicians’ notes online.

Many device manufacturers may miss looming UDI deadline
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 05/08/2016

Vendors that sell medical devices to healthcare organizations will be scrambling to meet a mid-September deadline to get unique identifiers and meet requirements to match them with devices and accompanying software.

Campaigners fear plans still live
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 04/08/2016

Parts of the controversial programme could live on but with fewer options for patients to opt-out, MedConfidential has warned.

EHRs not ready for precision medicine’s grand entrance
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 04/08/2016

Precision medicine – using personalized treatment based on genetics and related information – is the current darling of scientific research and expected to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in healthcare. Such efforts, and the research to create these breakthroughs, are dependent on the data in electronic health records.

3.7 million at risk in Banner cyberattack
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 04/08/2016

Banner Health has suffered a massive cyberattack potentially affecting 3.7 million individuals, including patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, providers, and even those who bought food and beverages with a payment card.

Hospital cybersecurity technology market forecast to grow 13 percent in next five years
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 04/08/2016

Facing a constantly evolving cyber threat environment, hospitals are adopting new approaches to cybersecurity and this offers both challenges and opportunities for the cybersecurity solution vendors, including both established players and new vendors, according to a new report from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Health minister orders review of IHealth records system
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 03/08/2016

British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake has ordered an immediate third-party review of a controversial electronic health records system that some doctors say is “fundamentally flawed and unsafe.”

How Intermountain sells doctors and patients on video doctor visits
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 02/08/2016

Even just a few years ago, saying “telehealth” in a hospital almost always meant site-to-site telehealth, or video visit hardware wheeled around the hospital on carts.

Outpatient EHR and practice management tools nearing universal adoption
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 02/08/2016

Market adoption of practice management and electronic health record (EHR) solutions has been trending upward since 2008 and is now nearing universal adoption, according to a recent HIMSS Analytics study.

Web tools may improve communication during handoffs, reduce medical errors
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 02/08/2016

Web-based communication tools during patient handoffs can reduce medical errors, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Ohio urology practice hacked and PHI leaked, according to local media
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 02/08/2016

The Central Ohio Urology Group, based in Gahanna, Ohio with 24 offices in the region, is investigating whether its patient data has been compromised and leaked to the public, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Sheer number of medical devices enlarges security gaps
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 02/08/2016

Hospitals that want to improve network security should carefully assess the hundreds of medical devices they’re using, including fetal monitors, medical imaging devices, electrocardiographs, lasers and gamma cameras, to name a few.

First patient facing app to get GP system approval
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 01/08/2016

iPatient is a patient facing record system, that allows patients to view their health records and test results, book appointments, use secure messaging, and request repeat prescriptions.

Why a health IT safety center is vital in the age of ransomware
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 01/08/2016

The rise in ransomware underscores the need for a national health IT safety center to help healthcare organizations learn to better protect themselves, say patient-safety advocates Dean Sittig and Hardeep Singh in a Health Affairs Blog post.

Top digital job for Kelsey in Australia
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 01/08/2016

Former NHS England digital head Tim Kelsey has been appointed to the top digital health job in Australia.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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