International health IT week in review: August 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending August 28:

Digital medicine: empowering both patients and clinicians
The Lancet ~ Eric Topol ~ 20/08/2016

The purpose of this new Lancet column on digital medicine will be to delve into important topics in this emerging field with a focus on the promises and provisos of digital medicine. concerns as new platform proposed
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 25/08/2016

A proposal for a new platform for the national collection of confidential patient information is under consideration, as concerns continue that elements of the scheme will be resurrected.

eLearning tool upskills surgeons in Ghana
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 25/08/2016

The Ghana Health Service is partnering with Incision Academy to introduce an innovative eLearning and training platform to upskill doctors' surgical skills.

CommonWell gives patients access to records
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 24/08/2016

CommonWell Health Alliance has launched a new program that is expected to give patients the capability of more easily accessing their health records.

Industry, patient groups respond to FDA draft guidance on patient data access
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 24/06/2016

In June, the FDA offered up a draft guidance document designed to help medical device makers better understand how the agency thinks about a patient's right to access their own data from a device.

Patients should not be guinea pigs for a hospital's EHR beta testing
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 24/08/2016

Is anyone else as confused as I am about the goings on at Sonoma West Medical Center?

Why the feds are upping the ante by looking at small breaches
Health Data Management ~ Matthew Fisher ~ 24/08/2016

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services is clearly becoming dispirited and fed up with the number of data breaches in the healthcare industry.

London hospitals in UK-first health data exchange
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 23/08/2016

Two London trusts have become the first in UK to establish data sharing between their Cerner Health Information Exchanges, covering a population of 1.3 million people.

ONC's draft 2017 interoperability standards advisory posted for public comment
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 23/08/2016

The catalog of standards and implementation specs for data exchange is evolving away from a static PDF and toward an interactive, wiki-style platform.

Hospitals express 'grave concern' about mobile device security
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 23/08/2016

Hospitals are increasingly questioning their ability to keep mobile devices and patient data secure as cyberthreats evolve, with 82 percent of respondents to a recent survey saying it’s a “grave concern” for them.

Individual Health Identifier live in Ireland
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 22/08/2016

Every patient in Ireland has been assigned unique identifying number, in an effort to improve patient safety and data quality.

Regenstrief Center testing use of FHIR to amass EHR info from different sources
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 22/08/2016

The Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics is pilot testing a new method to compile electronic health care information from different sources, according to an announcementfrom Indiana University.

Apple has acquired Gliimpse, a patient-facing health data aggregator
mobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 22/08/2016

Apple acquired a health data-focused startup called Gliimpse earlier this year, according to a new report from Fast Company confirmed by the company.

A look inside Epic's EHR design and usability teams
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 22/08/2016

Healthcare IT News traveled to Epic’s campus to learn how the company thinks about design and usability. Takeaway: Health IT is hard.

More than half of healthcare organizations cannot move imaging data between systems
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 22/08/2016

Enterprise imaging strategies are key priorities for healthcare leaders, but interoperability roadblocks remain a challenge, finds a new survey from lifeIMAGE and CHIME.

State of telehealth: HHS report to Congress outlines successes, challenges
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 22/08/2016

Value-based purchasing programs and alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and bundled payments, offer opportunities to boost adoption of telehealth services, according to a report from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Feds plan to investigate more healthcare breaches
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/08/2016

The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces rules surrounding HIPAA, has announced it will investigate breaches of protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

JAMA: EHRs aren't keeping up with evolution of other technologies
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 19/08/2016

Use of electronic health records has come a long way in the past decade. But so has the ubiquity and maturity of many technologies. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in fact, argued that EHRs need to play catch-up to make the most of other data management advances.

Tackling medical device security as a public health issue
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 19/08/2016

Medical device cybersecurity must be recognized as a critical public health issue so that all segments of the healthcare sector understand their roles in addressing the many complicated challenges involved.

Study: socioeconomic digital divide remains in personal health record use
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 19/08/2016

More patients are using personal health records (PHRs), yet there are socioeconomics disparities in the adoption of PHRs and patient portals to access health records, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Healthcare organizations face new set of ICD-10 challenges
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 19/08/2016

While last year’s ICD-10 transition went smoothly and with very few hiccups, healthcare organizations do not have the luxury of resting on their laurels. October 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the code switchover, which brings new challenges they must overcome.

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