International health IT week in review: October 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 23:

Two evaluations of eHealth under way
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/10/2016

The Liberal government is scrambling to get a valuation of eHealth Ontario before the auditor general releases what is expected to be a damning report on the controversial electronic health agency.


Video on alleged medical device flaws stirs controversy
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 20/10/2016

Investment firm Muddy Waters Capital and security research start-up MedSec Holdings are again stirring up controversy, this time by releasing a video spotlighting more alleged cybersecurity flaws in St. Jude Medical cardiac devices.


Can MACRA's 'entice and goad' approach bring EHR vendors on board?
FierceHealthcare ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 20/10/2016

The new final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) expands the use of electronic health records and health IT even farther than before.


Shared digital pathology network set-up in the north
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 20/10/2016

A first of its kind digital histopathology partnership has been created between two northern trusts to accelerate the turnaround on test results.


Halamka on MACRA final rule: “CMS is listening and I thank them”
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 20/10/2016

Health IT notable expert John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, recently weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule on his blog, “Life as a Healthcare CIO.”


Insurers to CBO: Help remove telemedicine barriers in Medicare
FierceHealthcare ~ Leslie Small ~ 20/10/2016

Major health insurers say current regulations impede their ability to offer telemedicine benefits to their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, and they want the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to come to their aid.


Children's clinic hit by ransomware
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 20/10/2016

Hackers attacked the computer systems of Rainbow Children’s Clinic and deleted some patient records housing sensitive data.


Hunt says IT spend protected in financial crisis
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 19/10/2016

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has given IT as an example of the kind of long-term investment in the health service that he wants to see as the NHS battles with a financial crisis and funding gap.


Indian Health Service and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia partner on pediatric telehealth
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 19/10/2016

The Department of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) plans to partner with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to create a pediatric specialty consultation service using telehealth for American Indian and Alaska Native children served by IHS.


Is it unethical to identify patients as “frequent flyers” in health IT systems?
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 19/10/2016

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania contend that when symbols or icons in the technology tools are used to identify certain patients, such as those with mental illnesses, it can be stigmatizing and can create a potentially harmful bias against the patients.


Health groups applaud new 'direct review' rule for certified health IT
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 19/10/2016

The American Medical Association (AMA) lauds the framework for increased oversight and transparency in the process of certifying electronic health records systems laid out by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) last week.


Infoway seeks partners to design PrescribeIT network
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/10/2016

Canada Health Infoway is inviting leading health IT companies to respond to the newly launched Request for Proposal (RFP) for PrescribeIT, Canada’s new e-prescribing service.


EHRs improving quality, outcomes for patients
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 19/10/2016

Growth in the use of interoperable electronic health records (iEHR) by Canadian doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals is fueling benefits for patients and providers, including improved quality of patient care, according to two articles published this year in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.


FDA clearance opens up Philips' smartphone-connected ultrasound to cardiac use cases
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 18/10/2016

Phillips received FDA clearance for an additional transducer for its Lumify ultrasound system, a small portable ultrasound that can connect to mobile devices as well as traditional PACS.


Patient records deleted in ransomware attack
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 18/10/2016

A ransomware attack in early August has resulted in the loss of patient data at three-site Rainbow Children’s Clinic, which delivers care in the Arlington and Grand Prairie region of Texas.


FDA to med device makers: We must work together on security
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 18/10/2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and manufacturers must work together to fix security flaws in medical devices, Seth Carmody, cybersecurity project manager with the FDA, told healthcare executives at a Minneapolis convention Monday.


National exemplars should include non-acute - Gordon
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 17/10/2016

The next round of “exemplars” should be expanded to include non-acute trusts, the chairman of NHS Digital has said.


PointClickCare launches skin and wound care app for senior care
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 17/10/2016

Ontario-based PointClickCare, which makes an EHR platform and other software solutions to advance senior care, has debuted a skin and wound smartphone app to track and document healing.


Epic CEO Judy Faulkner opens up about why she's talking to reporters these days
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 17/10/2016

The EHR market has become a media battleground, she said, rather than vendors competing on quality of products and services. So she, and the PR machine Epic is assembling, are girding for the fight.


FDA floats new draft guidance on software as a medical device
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 17/10/2016

The FDA has entered into the federal register a new draft guidance pertaining to "software as a medical device" (SaMD).


How MACRA final rule promotes secure info exchange
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 17/10/2016

Providers must attest they do not block info sharing.


ONC releases final rule for health IT certification program
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/10/2016

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released afinal rule codifying modifications and new requirements under the ONC Health IT Certification Program in an effort to protect public health and safety as well strengthen the accountability and transparency of certified HIT.


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