International health IT week in review: December 4

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending December 4:

21st Century Cures Act brings provisions for EHRs, interoperability, precision medicine
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 01/12/2016

Despite the House's overwhelming approval of the $6.3 billion bill, the legislation also contains controversial components, such as deregulating the FDA's device and drug approval process.

Harris Computer Corporation acquires iMDsoft ~ Staff writer ~ 02/12/2016

iMDsoft, a global leader in clinical information systems, today announced that it has been acquired by Harris Computer Corporation, an arm of the Constellation Software group.

AHA asks Trump to cancel Meaningful Use Stage 3
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/12/2016

The American Hospital Association has asked President-elect Donald Trump and his emerging administration to cancel Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.

Netcare’s new hospital at the heart of future medical precinct
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 01/12/2016

The new home of Netcare’s Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, the first of its kind in South Africa, will offer a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary medical, emergency, diagnostic and rehabilitative services.

US House passes 21st century cures legislation
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 30/11/2016

Healthcare stakeholders have touted the health IT provisions of the bill, particularly regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of the sector, as well as encouraging interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) and patient access to health data, and discouraging information blocking.

VA's slow but steady push to modernize its technology
FierceHealthcare ~ Gienna Shaw ~ 30/11/2016

The VA is taking steps to mitigate its reputation as slow to adopt technology by creating patient portals, launching an online scheduling app and turning to artificial intelligence to boost precision medicine efforts.

Senate passes bill to boost care access for rural populations through telehealth
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Gienna Shaw ~ 30/11/2016

A new federal law is another step forward for telehealth, which has from the start run up against regulatory and credentialing barriers: The Senate unanimously approved the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act yesterday.

MDs should move away from faxing referrals: commissioner
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 30/11/2016

Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner says the provincial health authority should help doctors’ offices move away from faxing patient referrals following an investigation into why confidential mental health records were sent in error to a Bedford spa.

File with 1,000 patient records goes missing in Winnipeg
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 30/11/2016

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is dealing with one of the largest patient privacy breaches it has ever seen, after a file containing the personal details of about 1,000 people was taken from a locked office inside the city’s largest hospital in October.

Independent report recommends keeping Nanaimo EHR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 30/11/2016

A third party report recommends keeping a controversial EHR system in place at Island Health. The $174-million IHealth program was launched at three mid-island health facilities, including Nanaimo Hospital, in March, but ran into difficulties.

Cancer Research UK calls for investment in digital pathology
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 29/11/2016

Investment in digital pathology and in data collection will be essential if diagnostic services are to be able to cope in the future, according to a leading charity’s report.

As Cures bill heads towards vote, here's what it could mean for digital health
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 29/11/2016

The 21st Century Cures Act – a long-debated bill that would allocate extra funding to the National Institutes of Health as well as effectively speed up the FDA approval process for drugs and devices – is headed for a House vote this week.

Trump names new HHS and CMS heads
Healthcare IT News ~ Henry Powderly ~ 29/11/2016

Rep. Tom Price will lead Health and Human Services while Mike Pence ally and Indiana consultant Seema Verma will spearhead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Senate passes bill to use project ECHO as nationwide telehealth model
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 29/11/2016

The U.S. Senate today passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which is legislation that aims to increase access to healthcare in rural areas.

Mayo Clinic uses emergency telemedicine for newborn resuscitations
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 29/11/2016

The Mayo Clinic is using emergency video telemedicine to effectively assist community hospitals less familiar with advanced newborn resuscitation interventions during high-risk, complex deliveries.

Congress poised to address interoperability
FierceHealthcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 29/11/2016

Interoperability in healthcare remains a huge problem—but the lame duck Congress could still address it before president-elect Donald Trump takes office, says Susan DeVore, CEO of Premier.

Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker launches state Digital Healthcare Council
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 28/11/2016

The group of experts, such as Atul Gawande and John Halamka, will help steer statewide policy to support a growing health information technology industry.

Emails show FDA asked Apple to advise on software as a medical device
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 28/11/2016

As the world’s medical device regulators work to harmonize how best to regulate software as a medical device (SaMD), MobiHealthNews has learned via a Freedom of Information Act request that the FDA invited Apple to join an international task force focused on shaping this future regulatory framework.

Seven vendors achieve certification for exchanging images
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 28/11/2016

To further advance efforts to promote the simpler exchange of medical images between different types of viewing systems, the Radiological Society of North America and The Sequoia Project announced the initial class of vendors certified to achieve standards for exchanging images.

Healthcare's growing uses for virtual reality
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Susan D Hall ~ 28/11/2016

Virtual reality offers the potential to address pain and stress management, behavioral health, even mobility training for stroke and spinal cord injury patients.

IoT is making hospitals more vulnerable to hackers
ZDnet ~ Steve Ranger ~ 25/11/2016

Connected medical devices can bring increased patient safety and efficiency, particularly if connected to clinical information systems, but European tech security agency Enisa is warning that introducing such technologies also increases risks.

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