International health IT week in review: September 4

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 4:

Carson Block's attack on St Jude reveals a new front in hacking for profit
Bloomberg ~ Jordan Robertson ~ 26/08/2016

When a team of hackers discovered that St. Jude Medical Inc.’s pacemakers and defibrillators had security vulnerabilities that could put lives at risk, they didn’t warn St. Jude. Instead, the hackers, who work for cybersecurity startup MedSec, e-mailed Carson Block, who runs the Muddy Waters Capital LLC investment firm, in May. They had a money-making proposal.

DoD delays Cerner EHR modernization
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 01/09/2016

The U.S. Department of Defense said it is pushing back its giant $4.3 billion EHR modernization project with Cerner at least a few months.

Remote monitoring: does more patient data really improve outcomes?
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 01/09/2016

A pair of studies engaging heart failure patients showed that remotely collected data is not more effective than the usual care. Even still, researchers said there are valid reasons to implement remote monitoring technologies.

Verify (and Facebook) tested for NHS online identity service
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 01/09/2016

The new director of the government’s online identity scheme has raised the possibility of rolling out the service in the NHS, despite concerns about its security.

Cyberattack at Appalachian Regional Healthcare keeping EHR down after six days
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 01/09/2016

The West Virginia and Kentucky health system announced a cyberattack over the weekend, but has yet to determine the cause. The situation is testing just how long a hospital can survive when it clinicians and operations are running on pencil and paper.

How to close the disconnect between developers, users of HIT
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 01/09/2016

The disconnect between the developers who create health IT tools and those who use them is a roadblock to true innovation in the industry, according to a trio of health and technology experts.

Epic and Cerner link information exchanges
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 31/08/2016

Two major NHS trusts are preparing to exchange information on shared patients from their different electronic patient record systems.

UK-backed study tests wearable, motivational app for diabetes prevention
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 30/08/2016

King's Health Partners, an academic science center, and health wearable company Buddi, both UK-based, are testing a combination of a wearable device and a mobile app to help keep at-risk patients from developing Type 2 diabetes

Fast-growing start-up consolidates personal health records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 30/08/2016

Hospitals, clinics and even provincial governments have all taken a stab at creating patient portals, but for most patients, their health charts remain scattered among various providers – including hospitals, GPs, specialists, labs and clinics.

St Jude fires back at Muddy Waters, MedSec: our medical devices are secure
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 30/08/2016

St. Jude Medical is fighting against allegations by investment firm Muddy Waters Capital and security researcher MedSec that its pacemakers and other heart devices are vulnerable to hacking and other cybersecurity threats.

Manitoba and Ontario give clinicians easier access to patient records
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Dianne Daniel ~ 30/08/2016

CTRL +E is Dr Tunji Fatoye’s favourite computer shortcut these days. As unit director at Winnipeg’s Kildonan Medical Centre, he uses it when he’s seeing a patient for the first time and wants to know what drugs were prescribed previously.

Study finds iPads and games as effective as sedatives to calm pre-op anxiety in children
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 30/08/2016

The smart tablets are so effective at zoning out kids, they work just as well as sedatives to quell anxiety before surgery.

Despite widespread usage, docs relatively dissatisfied with EHRs
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 29/08/2016

Very few physicians these days operate their practices without an electronic health record (EHR), but satisfaction levels with the technology have dropped some, according to Medscape’s EHR Report 2016.

Hurdles remain to comparing EHR usability
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 29/08/2016

Despite doctors’ continued concerns about the usability of their electronic health records, comparing those experiences remains a highly difficult proposition, say researchers with MedStar Health and the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Telehealth used to cut consultations under draft STP
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 26/08/2016

Draft Sustainability and Transformation Plans are proposing cuts to NHS services, including the closure of acute hospitals and greater reliance of telehealth in parts of London, it has been reported.

Pennsylvania launches redesigned patient prescription database
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 26/08/2016

In response to the growing opioid epidemic in the state, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program this week.

Regenstrief taps FHIR to make electronic health records more complete and accessible
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 26/08/2016

Pilot tests show how doctors could have access to whole patient records, regardless of how many EHRs are involved.

Global healthcare IT solutions market worth $228 billion by 2020
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 26/08/2016

The global healthcare IT solutions market will be worth $228.79 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4 percent, according to a forecast by India-based market research firm MarketsandMarkets.

Nurses warm up to benefits of hospital-provided smartphones
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/08/2016

During the past two years, hospitals have increased their adoption of facility-provided and physically hardened smartphones for nursing staff and other ancillary care providers, results of a new survey show.

Mayo Clinic picks one telemedicine vendor to ease use for clinicians
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/08/2016

The Mayo Clinic has consolidated its emergency telemedicine services from using 11 vendors to just one as it seeks to grow its service offerings nationwide with greater efficiency and costs savings.

Ontario hospital to transition to Meditech’s web-based EHR
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 26/08/2016

Long-term Meditech clients continue to move toward the vendor’s 6.1 version of its electronic health record.

Smartphone exercises for a better mood ~ Staff writer ~ 26/08/2016

Brief, directed smartphone exercises can help quickly improve our mood. This is the latest finding from psychologists at the University of Basel and their international colleagues, reported in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

IBM Research opens in South Africa
ehealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 26/08/2016

IBM Research has opened its second research location on the African continent and announced several new project collaborations in data driven healthcare.

As cyberattacks, Medicare fraud swell, blockchain gains ground
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 25/08/2016

Interest in blockchain technology is gaining ground as the healthcare industry struggles with a growing swell of cyberattacks and concerns over use of patient health data.

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