International health IT week in review: August 14

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 14:

OpenNotes' benefits extend to care partners
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 08/08/2016

The ability to view doctors’ notes electronically benefits not only the patients, but their care partners as well, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Remote monitoring tools, EHRs have greatest potential for cost savings
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 11/08/2016

Remote patient monitoring is the healthcare technology with the greatest impact on reducing costs to organizations and maximizing ROI, according to research by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Karen DeSalvo stepping down as national coordinator to join HHS full-time
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 11/08/2016

Vindell Washington to replace DeSalvo at the helm of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Accolade Health gets $70M to expand on-demand healthcare guidance program
mobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 10/08/2016

On-demand digital health concierge Accolade Health, which provides its services for employers, health plans and health systems, raised more than $70 million in new Series E funding.

NHS Digital to pilot EPS 'Phase 4' with 16 GP practices
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 10/08/2016

The next phase of the roll-out of the Electronic Prescription Service will be tested in a limited pilot of 16 GPs across England.

Survey: 9 in 10 large employers will offer telehealth next year
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 10/08/2016

Nine in 10 large employers, in states where telemedicine is legal, will make telehealth services available to their employees next year, up from seven in 10 this year.

VA wants feedback as it pursues commercial EHR system
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 10/08/2016

It appears more and more likely the Veterans Affairs Department will, in fact, pursue an off-the-shelf commercial electronic health record system, releasing a request for information this week to get industry feedback on the switch.

DoD watchdog agency to audit military EHR security
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 10/08/2016

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General will begin auditing several military healthcare facilities this month to evaluate whether the Army is properly safeguarding electronic health record data and other personally identifiable information of military personnel.

Group practice IT expenses reach $32,500 per physician
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 10/08/2016

Healthcare information technology costs for group practices continue to rise, reaching an average annual cost of $32,500 per full-time physician in 2015, according to a comprehensive annual survey by the Medical Group Management Association.

FDA addresses medical device cybersecurity modifications
Healthcare Informatics ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 09/08/2016

New Food and Drug Administration draft guidance aims to alleviate a common topic of confusion in the healthcare sector: whether medical device makers need to submit for FDA review the modifications manufacturers make that affect cybersecurity in existing products.

Google to power Stanford Medicine's clinical genomics service
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 09/08/2016

The university aims to make genetic testing a regular part of healthcare using Google's Cloud Platform and informatics.

AHIMA updates clinical documentation improvement toolkit
Health Data Management ~ Caroline Spiezio ~ 09/08/2016

The American Health Information Management Association has released a revised approach for improving clinical documentation, intended to bridge the gap between clinicians using electronic records systems and coding professionals.

King's swaps i.CM for Allscripts in first phase of go-live
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 09/08/2016

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with elements of Allscripts’ Sunrise Clinical Manger at its main hospital in Denmark Hill and at Orpington Hospital.

Half a billion images migrated at Oxford acute trust
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 08/08/2016

More than 100 terabytes of historical data was transferred by Insignia Medical Systems ahead of the trust’s go-live with the company’s InSight picture and archiving communications system.

LA school district taps LifeMD to provide in-school telehealth services
mobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 08/08/2016

The Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the country’s largest, will initiate a telehealth program this fall, enhancing the reach of overworked school nurses, providing healthcare for students in underserved areas and cutting down on missed school days by sick students.

Judy Faulkner refutes rivals' claims about Epic EHR being closed
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 08/08/2016

Epic is clearly the electronic health record vendor that catches the most flack from competitors when it comes to data interoperability – or lack thereof.

OpenNotes is the future
Healthcare Informatics ~ Mark Hagland ~ 08/08/2016

If anyone can testify to the power of the OpenNotes phenomenon, it is Alistair Erskine, M.D., the chief strategic information officer at the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System.

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