International health IT week in review: October 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 16:

Legal records lurking in EHRs add new wrinkle to malpractice lawsuits
Healthcare IT News ~ Diana Manos ~ 13/10/2016

Electronic health records platforms are leaving doctors exposed by making it hard to demonstrate what they did and why. Some providers are even settling malpractice suits and not because of guilt. Hospitals cannot ignore the issue anymore.

Precision Medicine Initiative expands with Geisinger, Partners HealthCare
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 13/10/2016

The National Institutes of Health will add four groups of healthcare provider organizations to a national network designed to put the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program to work.

Mobile health apps proliferate, but few make money as demand dips
FierceHealthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 12/10/2016

While supply of mobile health apps is spiking, demand is plummeting and most publishers are struggling to make money, according to a new report from Research2Guidance.

NHS 24 IT system now four years late and 73% over budget
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 12/10/2016

The costs of introducing a new computer system to Scottish helpline NHS 24 have now risen to 73% more than was originally budgeted, according to the country’s official auditors.

KLAS: interoperability among different EMRs nearly non-existent
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 12/10/2016

Only 6 percent of healthcare providers reported that information accessed from exchange partners on a different electronic medical record (EMR) is delivered in an effective way that facilitates improvement to patient care, according to KLAS’ Interoperability 2016 report.

Pentagon: New EHR rollout will now begin in February 2017
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 12/10/2016

A little more than a month after announcing a delay to the rollout of its MHS Genesis electronic health record system, the U.S. Department of Defense has released its revised timeline for the deployment.

Siemens jumps into population health with IBM
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 11/10/2016

Siemens Healthineers is entering the population health management market through a partnership with IBM.

28 NHS trust ransomware attacks reported
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 10/10/2016

Almost 30 NHS trusts may have been hit by so-called ransomware attacks in the past year, it has been reported this morning.

Is the NHS going to be Ubered?' - DH digital head
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 10/10/2016

The government is hoping to bring digitally disruptive services in-house through its revamped website.

Survey: docs 'extremely unhappy' with EHRs from all of the major vendors
Fiercehealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 10/10/2016

Physicians are still “highly dissatisfied” with their electronic health records, but currently have few expectations that any of the systems will be much better in the near future, according to a new survey released by peer60.

Physicians frustrated with EHRs, but most won’t replace systems
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 10/10/2016

Another report on physicians’ frustrations with electronic health records (EHRs) points to challenges with the systems’ usability and functionality. However, providers don’t see great alternatives on the market, according to market researcher peer60.

Survey: most vendors not prepared to comply with data protection standards
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 10/10/2016

Two thirds of healthcare industry vendors report they are not prepared to comply with the Health Information Trust Alliance’s (HITRUST) healthcare data protection standards, despite ongoing concerns about cyber security as it relates to healthcare information, according to a recent survey by New York City-based audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG.

Healthcare execs back New York gigabit broadband plan
Fiercehealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 10/10/2016

Healthcare leaders are backing a plan to bring ultra-fast internet service to the four largest cities in Westchester County, New York.

ICT policy white paper receives backlash
eHealthnews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 10/10/2016

The long awaited National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper has been released following a lengthy three year process and has already received backlash from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Mobile integrated healthcare can cut ED visits, boost clinical care
Fiercehealthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 09/10/2016

Mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) aided by telehealth technology can significantly reduce emergency medical services use and costs, and provide engaging clinical care to high-risk and chronically ill patients, a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research concludes.

California health plan dashboard raises bar on data transparency
Fiercehealthcare ~ Matt Kuhrt ~ 07/10/2016

California’s new health plan dashboard makes a stride toward data and quality transparency, allowing consumers and researchers access to datasets including enrollment numbers, premium rate histories, consumer complaints, quality surveys and the financial status of health plans.

CHIME, Blues among groups pressing for national patient identifier
Fiercehealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 07/10/2016

More than 20 healthcare organizations continue to press for action to create national patient identifier.

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