International health IT week in review: February 5

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 5:

Georgia Tech demonstrates VA Digital Health Platform in proof-of-concept
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/02/2017

The Georgia Institute of Technology has successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Digital Health Platform (DHP), designed to integrate veteran data from VA, military and commercial electronic health records.


Cerner president Zane Burke reveals open approach to interoperability
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 02/02/2017

The health IT giant is focusing its $700 million R&D budget on EMR usability, interoperability, revenue cycle management, population health.


Data ‘fundamentally broken’ at St George’s
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 02/02/2017

A major London NHS trust says its clinical data is “fundamentally broken”, generating ongoing concerns about patient safety.


PointClickCare raises $85M, talks IPO possibility
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 02/02/2017

Ontario-based PointClickCare, which makes a cloud-based EHR platform and other software solutions to advance senior care – and recently launched a provider-facing app -- has raised $85 million in new funding.


Interoperability: Staying the course, long and meandering though it may be
Healthcare IT News ~ John Andrews ~ 02/02/2017

Despite many detours this past decade-plus, those directly involved in the advancement of interoperability say the course remains straight ahead to achieving full-scale connection across all systems and entities in the healthcare continuum.


Man wrongly arrested for prescription fraud after IT bungle
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 01/02/2017

A patient has been wrongly arrested for a fraudulent prescription because of a IT systems mix-up in Brighton and Hove.


Could blockchain support secure health data exchange?
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 01/02/2017

Blockchain - the distributed ledger technology for cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin - has the potential to improve the privacy and security of health information exchange, says Shahram Ebadollahi, vice president of innovations at IBM Watson Health.


Emerging FHIR standard just the start of interoperability efforts
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/02/2017

The lack of a universal terminology standard is a major barrier to communication between different electronic health record systems and the ability to derive clinical meaning from the shared EHR data.


Users of Figure 1 have viewed cases 2 billion times
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 01/02/2017

Figure 1, the app that connects healthcare professionals and medical students from over 190 countries, announced that 1 million healthcare professionals have viewed medical cases on the platform more than 2 billion times.


Patients can contact doctors online, using Maple
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 01/02/2017

A new, 24/7 online platform that connects patients to licensed physicians in minutes, has officially launched in Ontario this week.


Allscripts' Paul Black on staying relevant in the maturing EHR market
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 31/01/2017

The electronic health record maker has built out its suite to enable integration with third-party apps and competing EHR systems, its chief executive said.


Epic tops 2017 Best in KLAS awards, securing top spot for 7th straight year
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 31/01/2017

Epic landed the top spot for Overall Software Suite in the 2017 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report, for the seventh consecutive year. The report draws from healthcare provider feedback.


Discrepancy between what symptoms patients report, what appears in electronic medical record
ehealthNews.eu ~ Staff writer ~ 31/01/2017

Researchers found significant inconsistencies between what symptoms patients at ophthalmology clinics reported on a questionnaire and documentation in the electronic medical record, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.


Microsoft initiates global eye care project
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 31/01/2017

Microsoft is heading a new international collaboration that aims to use AI and machine learning techniques to improve eye care services globally.


Move to implement patient ‘data lake’ scheme
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 30/01/2017

NHS leaders will “rapidly move to implement” a new NHS patient “data lake” scheme after consulting experts and industry, the NHS’ top CIO says.


Black Book ranks top population health vendors
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 30/01/2017

Population health management is one of the fastest growing areas in healthcare IT, in the realm of about $8 billion in spending, according to Black Book’s most recent survey.


FHIR expected to supplement, not replace, other standards
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 30/01/2017

While Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interface holds great potential for the interoperable exchange of health information, the emerging standard will not replace older HL7 standards.


New effort aims to improve use of EHRs to support research
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 30/01/2017

Researchers there have deployed a new cloud-based system that enables them to pull patient electronic health records from across multiple healthcare organizations and to synchronize that data.


Most docs say health wearables provide little helpful data
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 30/01/2017

When Permanente Medical Group president and CEO Robert Pearl, M.D., spoke before a healthcare conference last fall, he got a laugh when he joked that doctors make use of Fitbits when they need to buy a Christmas or Hanukkah present for that person on their list who has everything.


500m emails flood NHS during #replyallgate
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 27/01/2017

The NHSmail “reply-all” error created 500 million emails in less than two hour, nearly crashing a system relied on by 1.2 million NHS staff.


McKesson acquires CoverMyMeds for $1.1 billion
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 27/01/2017

The acquisition will increase McKesson's technology offerings to clinicians, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, officials said.


Direct message transactions surging as the interoperability tool gains ground nationwide
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 27/01/2017

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD, says the platform is helping connect 'hundreds of different vendors' EHR, PHR and other IT products,' as clinicians are coming up with new and innovative ways to use it.


Flatiron Health raises $175 million, partners with Roche
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 27/01/2017

The startup also said it will use the funding to strengthen its OncologyCloud. Some analysts are speculating that the company may be gearing up for an IPO.


Decision to replace EHR systems sets off a series of challenges
Health Data Management ~ Linda Wilson ~ 27/01/2017

After a nationwide push to move from paper to electronic patient records, the next phase for some hospitals and physicians is a redo.


ACA repeal threatens hospital innovations that improve patient care
FierceHealthcare ~ Ilene MacDonald ~ 27/01/2017

The threat of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act doesn't only put health insurance coverage for millions of people in jeopardy. It will also come at a huge financial cost to hospitals in bad debt and threaten innovative programs they've put in place to improve patient care.


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