International health IT week in review: October 2

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 2:

Wachter calls for three-point IT implementation plan
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 28/09/2016

A successful implementation strategy, a network of clinical information professionals, and interoperable systems, should be the top three things on the government’s digital to-do list, according to Robert Wachter.

Connecting patients to ambulances with Flare
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 29/09/2016

Kenyan mHealth start-up Capsule Ltd has developed an app called Flare, which aims to make the country’s siloed and privately run ambulance service more accessible to patients.

Facebook-like EMR acts like a ‘collaborative health record’ system
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Rosie Lombardi ~ 29/09/2016

Millennials are starting to re-design the EMR systems that doctors have used over the past decade, and they’re giving them a new twist.

ONC awards $1.5 million for standards-based data pilot projects
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 29/09/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has awarded $1.5 million in grants to seven programs using standards-based solutions to improve the flow of health information.

MedviewMD creates network of medical studios for e-visits
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Jerry Zeidenberg ~ 29/09/2016

MedviewMD, a telehealth company based in Chatham, Ont., is working with provincial governments across Canada to build networks of doctors who can quickly examine patients through the use of e-visits.

Public-private health IT partnership in Vermont improving care coordination
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 28/09/2016

Six months since go-live on a patient notification technology platform in the state of Vermont, more than 400 provider sites across New England have been notified that their patients have been seen at Vermont hospitals.

The great digital divide: Patients and docs disagree on role of technology
FierceHealthcare ~ Aine Cryts ~ 28/09/2016

Patients and doctors have very different opinions on the role technology should play in healthcare.

Leeds still working to recover from pathology IT crash
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 27/09/2016

A major pathology IT crash at one of the Europe’s largest teaching trusts has continued into its eleventh day, with some systems remaining down for a second weekend.

Clinical health apps outpacing fitness trackers among investors and innovators
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 27/09/2016

Whereas the quantified-self movement attracted significant capital in fitness and wellness, a gradual shift to increased investment activity in clinically focused categories and disease management is now underway.

Uber teams with Circulation to transport patients to doctor's appointments
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 27/09/2016

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of missed care visits for low-income, disabled or elderly patients.

Research reveals why hacked patient records are so valuable
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 27/09/2016

Why are hacked healthcare records so valuable? It's because stolen patient records often end up for sale on the deep web as part of information packages called "fullz" and "identity kits" used by fraudsters to commit a wide variety of crimes, says researcher James Scott.

Study: patient identification errors can pose a serious risk to patient safety
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 27/09/2016

While most patient identification errors are caught before patients are harmed, some wrong-patient events are fatal and many have the potential to cause harm, yet, the majority of these misidentifications are preventable and technology can play a critical role, according to the findings of an ECRI Institute report.

Researchers examine viability of smartphone tool for vision diagnosis
FierceHealthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 26/09/2016

Smartphone-based ophthalmoscopy may represent the start of a new wave of digital technology for vision diagnosis, specifically among patients with glaucoma.

Data breaches ongoing as NHS Digital pushes opt-outs
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 26/09/2016

Some patients who opted out of sharing their data beyond direct care have not yet had their wishes respected, as NHS Digital chases up organisations slow to destroy data.

AMA: Doctors want digital health tools for billing, diagnostics, patient safety
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 26/09/2016

The survey of 1,300 physicians found that 85 percent believe digital health tools hold at least some capacity to improve care while other appealing aspects include medication adherence and reducing burnout among doctors.

ECRI: Patient identification errors common, potentially fatal
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 26/09/2016

"Wrong-patient" errors are not uncommon and such mistakes may have deadly consequence, according to a new report.

AMA: Docs want HIT vendors to prioritize workflow, efficiency
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 26/09/2016

If health IT vendors want doctors to be enthusiastic about new digital tools, they must prioritize improving workflow and efficiency, according to a new survey from the American Medical Association.

HSCN connections this year after delays – NHS Digital
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 26/09/2016

Health and Social Care Network connections should be available before the end of the year, but a report to NHS Digital’s board warns that the vital digital infrastructure project is “in doubt”.

SA among top 3 African countries embracing eHealth
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 23/09/2016

A new programme analysis done by Frost & Sullivan explored how South Africa, Kenya and Ghana are leading the eHealth revolution in Africa.

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