International health IT week in review: September 18

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 18:

NHS Digital to roll out new CareCERT cyber security services
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 15/09/2016

NHS Digital is to start rolling out its expanded portfolio of CareCERT cyber security services across health and social care.

Nearly 60 percent of US smartphone owners use phones to manage health
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 15/09/2016

Even in the face of privacy concerns, Americans are increasingly sharing medical information, sending photos to their doctors, using fitness or activity trackers, and using AI to become active players in their healthcare.

HIMSS to 'buddy up' with UK National Health Service
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 15/09/2016

UK Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt announced that NHS was recognizing a dozen hospitals in the UK as "exemplars" for their use of healthcare IT, awarding each £10 million in return for helping NHS as a whole learn from their advancements.

In the world of hospital readmission rates, there is more than one story to tell
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 15/09/2016

The data from CMS showed that all states but one have seen Medicare 30-day readmission rates fall in a five-year span from 2010 to 2015.

Patient access to records far from reality
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 15/09/2016

The current brouhaha about the release of the presidential candidates’ medical records has inadvertently shed light on an important issue: the ability of patients to assemble a complete set of their medical data.

Delayed south TrakCare project sees Glocs stop go-live again
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 15/09/2016

Two of the three southern trusts involved in a joint TrakCare deployment are falling behind, with no new go-live dates agreed after multiple delays.

HHS OCR anticipates additional guidance on patients' rights to access health data
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 15/09/2016

The Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights anticipates providing additional guidance to covered entities and business associates on the rights of patients to access their health information.

CareChamp launches in Cape Town
eHealthnews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 15/09/2016

A new mHealth platform has launched in Cape Town with the aim of connecting experienced and qualified caregivers to those in need of home-based care.

Graphnet plugs wearables into care record
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 14/09/2016

A project to improve the care of patients with epilepsy has led to the launch of a Graphnet product that combines wearable technology, data analysis, and digital care records.

Ability of patients to access electronic records rises dramatically
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/09/2016

The number of U.S. hospitals that enable patients to electronically view, download, and transmit their health information grew nearly seven times between 2013 and 2015, according to data gathered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Healthcare rife with flash software vulnerabilities
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 14/09/2016

A software security vendor recently analyzed 250,000 mobile devices and laptops/PCs used in the healthcare industry and found half of the devices were running on outdated versions of Flash.

Harvard launches evidence library for imaging
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 13/09/2016

A new resource from Harvard Medical School aims to help doctors make more informed decisions on imaging tests.

£20m health data project in the north
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 13/09/2016

A multi-million-pound data project to improve health care across the north of England has been unveiled, giving academics new access to health data.

Cleveland Clinic exec: we need better engagement, not more apps
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 13/09/2016

Apps by themselves are not a strategy, and can get in the way of a positive patient experience if they're not deployed smartly.

NYP-Weill Cornell telehealth program slashes ER times for patients with minor complaints
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 13/09/2016

On July 15, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital launched the NYP-Weill Cornell ED Telehealth Express Care Service. Today, just two months later, the organization has enrolled 100 patients and slashed the average ER visit from four hours to only 30 minutes for patients with minor complaints.

HL7 announces winners of C-CDA rendering tool challenge
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 13/09/2016

HL7 announced that Bryn Lewis, Ph.D., a principal software development consultant at Intelsoft in Melbourne, Australia, was the first place winner for developing an easy-to-use viewer of complex C-CDA documents available in any web browser.

Almost 70 percent of hospitals provide patients view, download and transmit access to health information
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 13/09/2016

Seven out of 10 hospitals in the U.S. (69 percent) now provide their patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their health information electronically, an almost seven-fold increase since 2013, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

ONC: Most hospitals offer patients access to their electronic records
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 13/09/2016

There has been a “significant” increase in the percentage of hospitals that provide patients with the ability to view, download and/or transmit data in their electronic health records, according to statistics shared this week by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

IT adoption boosting quality of care in nursing homes
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/09/2016

IT-based resident care is becoming more widespread and is having a positive impact on patient outcomes as seen in quality measures.

Surescripts sets national plan to offer medication histories
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 12/09/2016

Surescripts, which operates a national electronic prescribing network, now offers a medication history service to physicians, which will enable more effective population health management.

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