International health IT week in review: January 15

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending January 15:

IBM Watson, FDA align to boost public health with blockchain
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 11/01/2017

IBM Watson Health and the FDA announced on Wednesday that they would work together on an initiative to create a secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data using blockchain technology.

UCLA Health reduced transfusions by 20% with clinical decision support, all-electronic bar code scanning
Healthcare IT News ~ John Andrews ~ 11/01/2017

Transitioning from a hybrid electronic-paper format to all-electronic bar code scanning has created tremendous efficiencies and greater patient safety for the blood administration process at UCLA Health, according to nursing informaticist Meg Furukawa.

Cal INDEX, Inland Empire join forces to form nation’s largest HIE
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 11/01/2017

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange plan to merge, creating the nation’s largest HIE, with claims or patient records of more than 16 million patients and with 150 participating providers.

St. Jude admits security vulnerabilities in cardiac devices
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 10/01/2017

After suing the two companies who claimed St. Jude’s cardiac devices had severe vulnerabilities that put patients at risk, the organization released security patches for the devices this week.

£60m of digital mental health funding goes on exemplars
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 09/01/2017

New digital mental health money announced by the prime minister will go almost exclusively on funding a new round of global digital exemplar trusts.

May announces £67.7 million for digital mental health
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 09/01/2017

Prime minister Theresa May has announced £67.7 million of funding for digital mental health services.

Vindell Washington to step down from ONC
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 09/01/2017

Vindell Washington, MD, will be resigning his post as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT effective on January 20, 2017.

IBM Watson, Illumina partner to deliver precision oncology on a large scale
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 09/01/2017

The alliance combines the power of Illumina's genome sequencing with IBM Watson's genomic analysis.

Joint Commission reaffirms ban on texting orders
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 09/01/2017

Citing burdens on clinicians that could lead to treatment delays, the Joint Commission said its ban on doctors using text messages to order treatments will stay in place for the time being.

31 new digital health tools showcased at CES 2017
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 06/01/2017

While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased.

A guide to interoperability at HIMSS17
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 06/01/2017

Our roundup of the education sessions, Interop Showcase and other events at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando this February.

Emory Healthcare hit by ransomware, data of over 200,000 patients hacked
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 06/01/2017

The organization was infected with Harak1r1, the 0.2 Bitcoin ransomware, which completely wipes data from the hacked database instead of traditional encryption.

Tanzania rolls out mBirth registration
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 06/01/2017

The Tanzanian Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) in collaboration with local mobile phone operator, Tigo, has developed and deployed a new mHealth solution, called mBirth, to register births in the sub-Saharan country.

Ireland's first babies born with an electronic health record
eHealthNews EU ~ Press release ~ 05/01/2017

The HSE and eHealth Ireland are delighted to announce the arrival of Emily, one of Ireland’s first newborns to have their own electronic health record from birth.

Patients don't trust health information technology
FierceHealthcare ~ Gienna Shaw ~ 05/01/2017

More than 50% of consumers are skeptical about the benefits of healthcare information technologies, including patient portals, mobile apps and electronic health records. And fully 70% of Americans distrust health technology, up sharply from just 10% in 2014.

Healthcare's digital divide is getting bigger and other bad news from Black Book
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 04/01/2017

In spite of all the newest and greatest technology available to nurses, doctors, hospital systems – and consumers – across the country, the digital divide is not only stubborn but it’s also growing wider.

Windsor area pioneers telehealth for stroke recovery
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 04/01/2017

The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is working with Windsor Regional Hospital to pilot a new service delivery model called eRehab.

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