International health IT week in review: September 11

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 11:

St. Jude lawsuit: Muddy Waters-MedSec report is false, manipulative
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 08/09/2016

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by St. Jude Medical Inc. calls accusations leveled against the company by investment firm Muddy Waters Capital and security company MedSec for selling unsecure cardiac devices false and manipulative.


Caldicott: future of patient opt-outs a 'challenge'
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 08/09/2016

Existing schemes to allow patients to opt-out of sharing their health data will not be immediately affected by the third Caldicott report but their future is far from assured.


Hunt: IT funds will support 'Ivy league' of exemplar trusts
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 07/09/2016

In response to the Wachter review of NHS IT, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced there will be two waves of 'global' and 'national' digital exemplar trusts, forming an 'Ivy league' of digital excellence.


Wachter calls for extension to paperless 2020 target
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 07/09/2016

Dr Robert Wachter has said the “unrealistic” paperless 2020 goal should be discarded in his long-awaiting review into the digital future of the NHS.


Hunt reveals instant patient record and excellence centres
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 07/09/2016

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans to “fast track digital excellence” today, including a further round of digital excellence centres and “instant access” to a personal online health record.


Study finds patients often misuse wrist blood pressure monitors
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 07/09/2016

New research from Italy suggests that at-home, wrist blood pressure cuffs can be inaccurate if not done exactly right, leading to false reports of elevated blood pressure at home when compared to measurements taken in a doctor’s office.


St. Jude Medical files lawsuit over device security report
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 07/09/2016

In a lawsuit, St. Jude Medical claims that a recent report alleging dangerous cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its implantable cardiac devices was financially motivated and contained false statements and "market-bombshell scare tactics."


Frantic last-minute lobbying on £100m ‘digital exemplars'
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 06/09/2016

Digital Health News understands that at the end of last week the commissioning board was poised to recommend awarding the majority of the £100 million ‘centres of digital excellence’ funds to trusts running Cerner systems.


NHS Digital shuffles transformation targets
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 06/09/2016

NHS Digital has revealed new targets for digital transformation, including an opt-out app for patients and a new data de-identification service that respond to the Caldicott 3 report.


Apple's updated App Store guidelines place added scrutiny on health, medical apps
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 06/09/2016

Developers of health and medical apps will now have strict rules to abide by with Apple's new App Store Guidelines that establish a high bar for any app aimed at health and wellness.


More Americans note importance of EHRs, but online access to data remains challenging
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 06/09/2016

A new health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that while eight in ten Americans are now reporting that their healthcare provider enters patient data into a computer during a visit, accessing one’s health information online still proves challenging.


Study: EHRs bloat clerical workload for docs
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 06/09/2016

For every hour physicians spend in exam room visits with patients, they spend nearly two hours on electronic health record and desk work during office hours, a new study funded by the American Medical Association finds.


eHealthALIVE2016 drives health system transformation
eHealthnews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 06/09/2016

The first day of the African eHealth landmark event, eHealthALIVE2016, has brought together key decision makers from Ministries of Health from across the SADC region, as well as South African provincial and national Departments of Health, to share key insights and best practices on how to use health IT to transform and innovate healthcare on the African continent.


Local digital roadmaps need big investment to work
Digital Health News ~ Staff writer ~ 05/09/2016

Local digital roadmap footprints are reliant on significant central funding to make their Health IT vision a reality, money they have already been warned is in short supply.


SA rolls out WHO’s ‘Test and Treat’
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 02/09/2016

Patients who don’t need to see a health worker will be able to collect their medication at a location convenient for them through the chronic medicine dispensing and distribution system, self-service ATM-style pharmacy dispensing units (PDUs) that dispenses medication.


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