International health IT week in review: August 21

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 21:

Rash of complaints ends McDonald's short-lived fitness tracker Happy Meal promotion
mobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 18/08/2016

Turns out the brightly-colored Step It! Activity Band – a wristband that could track just how much little McDonald’s customers were moving and blinked according to speed – were causing skin irritations.

Salesforce debuts telemedicine for Health Cloud
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 18/08/2016

The new telehealth technology enables care teams to engage with patients via live video chat on Apple iOS and Android mobile devices.

Regenstrief informatics center to pilot FHIR within Indiana health information exchange
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 18/08/2016

The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics is piloting the use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard to merge data from individual electronic medical records (EMRs) with those stored in the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), Indiana's common framework for health information exchange (HIE).

Quicker access to info provides care quality benefits
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/08/2016

A new study shows health information exchange can improve emergency department care through faster access to patient information held by outside healthcare organizations.

xRapid app rapidly diagnoses malaria
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 18/08/2016

Digicape is expanding its healthcare market by teaming up with xRapid, a London-based start-up that uses an iPhone to rapidly diagnose malaria.

Tinder hooks 200,000 people up to online health
Digital Health News ~ Staff writer ~ 17/08/2016

More than 200,000 people have been through the Government’s flag ship attempt to improve digital health skills, a self-evaluation by the charity involved says.

FHIR-based genomics API promises to accelerate precision medicine
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 17/08/2016

Translational Software, a Bellevue, Washington-based developer of clinical decision support tools, has unveiled an application programming interface to help providers, labs and technology vendors to speed development of precision medicine-focused apps.

New health information exchange service goes live
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/08/2016

More than 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals are live on Carequality, with data exchange underway in four states—California, Missouri, Texas and Virginia. Many of the early adopters are supported by three vendors: athenahealth, eClinicalWorks and Epic.

Ontario-based MedviewMD opens tele-clinics in BC
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 17/08/2016

MedviewMD, based in Chatham, Ont., has opened four medical studios for telehealth west of Ontario – in Kamloops, Langley and Chilliwack. The studios, which enable patients to have a medical appointment with a remote physician, have been set up in pharmacies.

iPatient Emis integration complete
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 16/08/2016

iPatient has been approved as the first patient facing softward available under the GP Systems of Choice contracts.

Report: Patient engagement will be a $39B market in 2024
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 16/08/2016

The global market for patient engagement solutions was valued at $7.4 billion in 2015, according to Grand View Research, and is expected to rise to $39.3 billion by 2024, a more than fivefold increase over nine years.

Security vendors ready ransomware decryption tools to help hospitals under cyberattack
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 16/08/2016

Kaspersky, Trend Micro, Symantec, Cisco and Emsisoft have tools that can decrypt health data after cybercriminals encrypt it. The hitch? The technology won’t work on all ransomware strains.

Carequality's interoperability network now live
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 16/08/2016

The Carequality interoperability network is now operational, with data exchanges occurring in four states and poised to expand further, the Sequoia Project announced Tuesday.

Surescripts processes nearly 10B health data transactions in 2015
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/08/2016

Surescripts, the Arlington, Va.-based operator of a national clinical electronic network, has said that it processed 9.7 billion secure health data transactions in 2015 – a 48 percent increase over 2014 – according to data in the company’s 2015 National Progress Report.

9 things to know about the new ONC chief
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 15/08/2016

The sixth ONC leader is a longtime proponent of health IT and information exchange.

Agency offers more info to compare nursing homes
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 15/08/2016

Six new quality measures have been added to the Medicare Nursing Home Compare website, intended to provide additional information based on federal data to aid families in choosing a long-term care facility for a loved one.

IBM Watson signs precision medicine pact with hospitals in China
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 12/08/2016

Twenty one hospitals will use the supercomputer and the Watson for Oncology software piloted by Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York to offer personalized care for cancer patients.

Change at the top at ONC not expected to deter HIT momentum
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 12/08/2016

As Karen DeSalvo, MD, finishes her reign today as the national coordinator for health information technology to assume a full-time position as acting assistant secretary for health, the only surprise is that she did not make the move earlier.

Telepathology treating Rwandan cancer patients
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 12/08/2016

Telepathology is helping cancer patients at Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda access treatment from cancer specialists in the US.

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