International health IT week in review: November 20

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending November 20:

FHIR pilot at Regenstrief aims to take data integration to new levels
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 17/11/2016

Schleyer says it was about three years ago when Graham Grieve, the co-creator of the FHIR standard, approached Regenstrief about its potential.

Digital patient tech may not save money - Nuffield report
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 17/11/2016

Politicians and policy makers should not assume that digital patient technologies will produce big savings, particularly in the short-term, the Nuffield Trust has warned.

CMS debuts tool to help doctors share data for quality payment program
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 17/11/2016

The new API enables developers to make apps for physician practices that facilitate easier information exchange.

NDoH showcases eHealth tools on world prematurity day
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 17/11/2016

As part of World Prematurity Day, the Health Minister will showcase eHealth solutions implemented by the NDoH designed to promote maternal health.

Months after IT crash, Leeds still using paper for tests
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 16/11/2016

One of Europe’s biggest teaching trusts is still relying on paper and phones for parts of its pathology service two months after a major IT crash.

Eastern Health ordered to tighten security procedures
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 16/11/2016

Newfoundland and Labrador’s privacy commissioner is ordering Eastern Health to remind staff to log out of computers once they’re done, after investigating a breach of patient information at the health authority.

Pharma loses $637B annually due to medication non-adherence
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 16/11/2016

Around the world, pharmaceutical companies are losing $637 billion in revenue per year from a multifaceted, but common problem: people with chronic conditions are not adhering to their medication.

Western Canada’s MyCare launches virtual visits
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 16/11/2016

A Western Canadian telehealth company is now providing virtual medical consultations for episodic care that can be accessed from the privacy of home, office or hotel room.

Severe NHSmail delays should have eased - NHS Digital
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 15/11/2016

The virtual shutdown of NHSmail system caused by an inadvertent group email to nearly a million people has eased, although some users could still experience “minor delivery delays”.

Best Hospital IT Departments 2016: CIOs talk emerging technologies with biggest potential
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 15/11/2016

From chatbots mining social media to wearables and trendy tools, Healthcare IT News' Best Hospital IT Department winners discuss the top tech poised to have a critical impact on their organizations' future.

OIG names 2017 goals
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 15/11/2016

The Office of Inspector General has the National Institute of Health's security and data control in its crosshairs. Its recently released 2017 agenda highlighted the need to ensure protection and privacy of Precision Medicine Initiative volunteer data.

Cerner and American Well to embed telehealth capabilities into Cerner EHR
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 15/11/2016

Cerner has announced an agreement with telehealth vendor American Well to integrate the company’s telemedicine platform with Cerner’s electronic health record (EHR

Fed agencies enlist EHRs in battle against Zika
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 15/11/2016

As the number of cases continues to rise, they are finding healthcare information technology, such as electronic health records, to be an indispensable tool for helping to track, diagnose and treat those infected with the illness.

Staying connected to patients beyond the office visit
Medical Economics ~ Todd Shryock ~ 14/11/2016

The growth of smartphone usage is giving physicians new ways to stay connected with patients and improve their care, and evidence shows that communication outside of the office setting is acceptable and can help improve outcomes.

Whoops, I sent an email to 840,000 NHS accounts
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 14/11/2016

A group test email that was accidentally sent to more than 840,000 NHS staff has brought the entire system across the UK to a grinding halt.

Survey: 82 percent of healthcare orgs have comprehensive mobile strategy
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 14/11/2016

Some 82 percent of respondent healthcare organizations have a fully implemented mobile strategy, indicating a greater level of maturity compared to commercial enterprises, according to a survey from software provider Red Hat.

Open source health IT platforms join forces to form LibreHealth
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 12/11/2016

Leaders from OpenMRS and OpenEMR, two leading open source health IT platforms, have joined forces to announce the formation of LibreHealth, a new initiative to expand on years of work by those communities’ volunteers.

VA to go live with online appointment scheduling in January
FierceHealthcare ~ Dan Bowman ~ 11/11/2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expects to be able to roll out new app software nationwide to enable online appointment scheduling beginning this January.

HIV test performed on USB stick ~ Staff writer ~ 11/11/2016

Scientists have developed a type of HIV test on a USB stick. The device, created by scientists at Imperial College London and DNA Electronics, uses a drop of blood to detect HIV, and then creates an electrical signal that can be read by a computer, laptop or handheld device.

SMS system streamlines chronic medication collection
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 11/11/2016

Once the registration process is complete, the patient receives an SMS to collect their medication from the chosen pick-up point.

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