International health IT week in review: October 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 10:

Blockchain pilot to test its use in revenue cycle
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 05/10/2016

A platform to enable the use of blockchain technology in healthcare has been introduced, with an initial pilot project testing its use in the revenue cycle.


Low health literacy a potential hurdle to consumer HIT adoption
Fiercehealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 06/10/2016

Low health literacy may pose a barrier to adoption of health IT, as well as perceptions of ease of use and usefulness of such tools, new research out of the University of Texas at Austin finds.


Chelsea and Westminster picks Cerner
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 06/10/2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is switching to Cerner, and creating a single shard electronic patient record with a neighbouring trust.


Wolters Kluwer Health to acquire Emmi Solutions for $170 million
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 05/10/2016

The company said it plans to integrate patient engagement platform with its clinical suite, including UpToDate decision support and Lexicomp and Medi-Span drug information tools.


GAO: FDA needs to address a number of IT security weaknesses
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 05/10/2016

A significant number of security control weaknesses are jeopardizing the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Food and Drug Administration’s information and systems, putting industry and public health data at risk, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office.


Quebec to launch centralized ereferral service
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 05/10/2016

The government of Quebec is preparing to launch a centralized system for referring patients to specialists, starting in the Montreal area on October 31.


New insulin pump flaws highlights security risks from medical devices
Computerworld ~ Lucian Constantin ~ 05/10/2016

Medical device manufacturer Animas, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is warning diabetic patients who use its OneTouch Ping insulin pumps about security issues that could allow hackers to deliver unauthorized doses of insulin.


Leeds pathology IT crash into third week without resolution
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 04/10/2016

A huge pathology IT crash has dragged into its third week with parts of the system still not fully restored and operational.


Hospitals boost efforts to set rules for mobile devices
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 04/10/2016

Smartphone use by clinicians has risen dramatically in the last two years within hospitals, and more facilities have developed mobile device management strategies to cope.


Patients cite convenience as top motivator for telehealth usage
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 04/10/2016

Active healthcare users are interested in using telehealth as a replacement or complement to in-person care, citing convenience as the top motivator, according to a survey conducted by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).


Physician survey: EHRs increase practice costs, reduce productivity
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 03/10/2016

Three out of four physicians believe electronic health records (EHRs) increase practice costs, outweighing any efficiency savings, and seven out of 10 think EHRs reduce their productivity, according to a Deloitte’s recent 2016 Survey of U.S. Physicians.


Small providers may struggle as ICD-10 ‘grace period’ ends
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/10/2016

With Saturday marking the one-year anniversary of the implementation of ICD-10 codes, healthcare organizations must now focus on some new requirements that went into effect on October 1.


New oversight for remote GP digital services
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 03/10/2016

GP video subscription apps will come under increased regulatory scrutiny next years, as the number of companies offering remote consultation continues to grow.


Spine care practice pays ransom, regains IT systems
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 30/09/2016

New Jersey Spine Center, with six sites, recently reported that it paid a ransom payment to hackers to regain control of its information systems after a ransomware attack.


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