International health IT week in review: September 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending September 25:

Plan needed amid 'confusing' funding for a digital NHS
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 22/09/2016

The government’s plan to digitally transform the NHS is at risk of losing credibility as plans and funding remain “confusing”, The King’s Fund has warned.

Healthcare must move past outdated patient portals
FierceHealthcare ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 22/09/2016

Consumer engagement efforts must move to a more innovative place than where patient portals are today, and that means creating a platform that reaches all patients, according to a new Chilmark report.

New board headed by McNeil
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 22/09/2016

A new Digital Delivery Board will be overseen NHS England chief clinical information officer Keith McNeil, who is assuming growing responsibility for delivering the digital health agenda.

AirStrip gets FDA clearance for web app, patent for ECG measurement system
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 21/09/2016

AirStrip, which makes a suite of mobile monitoring apps, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a web app version of AirStrip ONE, the company’s mobile interoperability platform.

Surescripts offers EHR vendors access to national record locator service
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 21/09/2016

Surescripts will offer electronic health record system vendors free access to its national record locator services until 2019 as a way to foster data exchange, the company announced this week.

eReferral platform announced for Waterloo-Wellington area
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 21/09/2016

An Ontario-based consortium of Think Research, CognisantMD, and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) has been chosen to lead the design and deployment of a ground-breaking electronic referral (eReferral) platform for the Waterloo Wellington community.

IBM Watson's social care deal with NW London local authority
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 21/09/2016

IBM’s Watson Health has moved into UK social care, with the machine learning company signing a ten-year agreement with Harrow Council to help deliver personal care budgets.

Walgreens partners with Iagnosis to offer teledermatology through web, mobile app
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 20/09/2016

Walgreens' website and mobile app will now features access to skin care services for those looking to get quick, affordable dermatology questions answered when they can’t get access to a skin care specialist.

FDA app challenge, USDA grants take on opioid abuse
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 20/09/2016

A new app challenge from the Food and Drug Administration calls on developers to help create a tool that can help people overdosing on opioids more quickly reach pharmacies that carry the antidote naloxone.

1.1 million on NHSmail 2, push for social care expansion
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 19/09/2016

More than a million people have now switched to NHSmail 2, with ambitions to extend the service to pharmacies and social care.

McKesson unveils FHIR-based interoperability platform
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 19/09/2016

McKesson Health Solutions raised the curtain Monday on Intelligence Hub, a new interoperability platform built employing HL7’s FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) open standards to enable customers to shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement.

ONC's new leader lays out security, privacy goals
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 19/09/2016

Vindell Washington, M.D., the new leader of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, pledges to continue the agency's push toward standards-based interoperable, secure health data exchange as a way of improving healthcare.

Bedless' hospitals grow as industry moves toward outpatient care
FierceHealthcare ~ Zack Budryk ~ 16/09/2016

The changing nature of healthcare and patients’ desire for convenience have given rise to nontraditional care formats such as stand-alone emergency rooms and “micro-hospitals,” and now “bedless hospitals” are joining the push.

Datacentrix digitising SA National Blood Service
eHealthnews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 16/09/2016

The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is collaborating with Datacentrix to implement an enterprise information management (EIM) solution to migrate away from paper-based processes and enhance information management.

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