International health IT week in review: October 30

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending October 30:

$6.3 million NIH grant to spur use of patient reported outcomes in EHRs
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 27/10/2016

In an effort to advance the use of patient-reported outcomes for research and care delivery, a coalition of nine universities has been awarded a $6.3 million grant by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.


How to ensure OpenNotes is a positive experience for patients
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 28/10/2016

With more than 6 million Americans now with access to their doctor’s notes through a patient portal, one doctor offers several suggestions for using them in a positive way.


ONC chief sees Carequality patient data exchange in action
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 27/10/2016

Vindell Washington, MD, the National Coordinator for Health IT, visited healthcare clinics and a long-term care nursing facility in St. Louis Oct. 25 to observe data exchange across different EHRs and record locator services.


Paper vs. electronic: how a dermatology prescription is written affects adherence
ehealthNews.eu ~ Staff writer ~ 27/10/2016

A UNC School of Medicine dermatologist recently conducted a study to determine if the way a prescription was written - either traditionally or electronically - played a role in whether a patient filled and picked up the medication.


Real-world data vital to assessing device safety, effectiveness
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 27/10/2016

Data collected from electronic health records, registries and wearable technology can be valuable sources of “real-world” data and evidence—just as valid as clinical trials—in helping the Food and Drug Administration to make regulatory decisions about the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.


FHIR, 3-D visualization among Cleveland Clinic's top innovations for 2017
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 27/10/2016

The Cleveland Clinic is optimistic that Health Level Seven’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard will be successful in fueling increased interoperability next year--and for years to come.


Third STP published, asks for at least £80m for digital
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 26/10/2016

A third council has broken ranks with NHS England’s preferred sustainability and transformation plan process and put its full STP online.


Doc groups lobbied against telemedicine expansion in DoD funding bill
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 26/10/2016

Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have put a lot of effort into urging the Defense Department to kill a section of language in its funding bill expanding telehealth.


eHealth platform mobilises community health workers
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Jannie Hugo ~ 26/10/2016

Prof Jannie Hugo explains how a community-orientated primary care model can be a solution to overcome some of the burdens placed on primary healthcare.


McKesson unveils new Paragon electronic health record platform
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 25/10/2016

The new release of the McKesson EHR solution, Paragon 14.0, includes a number of innovative enhancements for pharmacy, lab and operating room management in order to improve clinician and financial workflows, according to the company.


Muddy Waters hires experts to support St. Jude vulnerability claims
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 25/10/2016

In response to a lawsuit filed over claims of security vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical cardiac devices, investment firm Muddy Waters Capital filed reports from its own cybersecurity experts maintaining that the devices pose the threat of potentially life-threatening cyberattacks.


hearScreen goes global
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 25/10/2016

South Africa’s ground breaking mHealth platform, hearScreen, which has developed a smartphone app that detects hearing loss and links patients to health services, is now active in more than 25 countries across the world and plans to expand to a further 15 by the end of 2017.


STPs released with big digital price tag
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 24/10/2016

The Birmingham and Solihull area will expand its shared care record to cover 1.8 million people within nine months if it manages to secure central funding through its sustainability and transformation plan.


Digital Roadmap Focus: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 24/10/2016

One of England’s largest local digital roadmap footprints says it needs at least £100 million of outside funding to achieve its digital goals.


Regenstrief Institute selects Ohio State’s Peter Embi for CEO post
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 24/10/2016

Peter J. Embi, MD, will take the reins as president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute in December, the Institute officials announced on Tuesday.


ECRI: Be vigilant to prevent copy-and-paste errors
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 24/10/2016

Clinicians and their staff must be vigilant to prevent using copy-and-paste functions in electronic health records in ways that propagate errors, speakers from the ECRI Institute told attendees last week at the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) annual conference in Baltimore.


IBM’s superstar CEO Ginni Rometty’s short history lesson on women in health IT
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 21/10/2016

As she kicked off the Anita Borg Institute’s Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on October 19 in Houston, IBM Chairwoman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty started with a short history lesson on women pioneers in technology.


CMS hospital compare website updated with VA data
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 21/10/2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the inclusion of Veterans Administration (VA) hospital performance data as part of the federal agency’s Hospital Compare website.


Scripps trial taps text for diabetes management
FierceHeatthcare ~ Judy Mottl ~ 20/10/2016

Researchers from Scripps Health will study the value of text messaging in a clinical trial focused on improving diabetes management among a high-risk Hispanic patient population in San Diego County.


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