International health IT week in review: February 12

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 12:

DoD quietly rolls out EHR pilot MHS Genesis
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 09/02/2017

This is just the first phase of the DoD's massive EHR revamp, which has been in the works for the past four years. Cerner and Leidos won a $4.3 billion contract in July 2015 to help modernize and consolidate the military EHR.

21 percent of Americans have used virtual healthcare, 78 percent are interested
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 09/02/2017

The gulf between how many Americans say, in a survey, that they would like to use digital health services and how many actually have is still quite large, according to a new survey from Accenture.

Poor information sharing barrier to NHS integration – NAO
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 09/02/2017

A report examining integration between the NHS and social care has identified poor information sharing as one of the greatest barriers.

Remote monitoring patient market grew by 44 percent in 2016, report says
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 08/02/2017

The remote patient monitoring market saw a big jump in the last year, with 7.1 million patients in 2016 enrolled in some form of digital health program featuring connected medical devices as a core part of their care plan, according to new data.

Citrix building Workspace IoT for hospitals
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 08/02/2017

The company’s unified workspace pulls together new and emerging technologies to enable hospitals to replace desktop PCs with sub-$100 devices running Raspberry Pi.

Twenty NHS digital fast follower trusts to get £5m each
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 08/02/2017

NHS England plans to spend £100 million on 20 “fast followers” to unleash a second wave of digitally advanced NHS organisations.

St. Jude finds more medical device flaws, releases updated patches
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 08/02/2017

The vulnerability can allow a hacker to exploit the device to access or influence communication between the device and the web.

VA admits past IT failures, turns to commercial solutions
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 08/02/2017

Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs repeatedly told lawmakers that the agency is moving on from its failed approach of building in-house IT systems, and is instead seeking commercial, off-the-shelf options to improve scheduling, EHR interoperability, and billing and claims processing.

Wearable device market expected to nearly triple by 2021
Health Data Management ~ Bob Violino ~ 07/02/2017

The global wearable devices market was valued at more than $2 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach almost $6 billion by 2021, according to a new report from Technavio Research.

Copy-paste use in EHRs cited for safety concerns
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 07/02/2017

The use of copy and paste functionality is introducing significant safety concerns for clinicians that use those capabilities in digital records systems in healthcare, according to a report from a federal agency.

Cambridge gets £10m as new ‘global digital exemplars’
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 07/02/2017

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of four new global digital exemplar trusts.

Utah moves to ban telehealth for doctors prescribing abortion-inducing medications
Healthcare IT News ~ Heather Mack ~ 06/02/2017

A new piece of legislation seeking to modernize various telehealth rules in the state also has another goal that has catapulted the bill into a debate: prohibit the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication to induce an abortion.

NIST testing supports safe practice recommendations for copy-and-paste in EHRs
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 06/02/2017

A new report released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows support for two safe practice recommendations for the use of copy-and-paste in electronic health records (EHRs).

Timeline is uncertain for release of normative version of FHIR
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 06/02/2017

As the healthcare industry eagerly awaits a normative version of Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources data exchange standard, the timeline for realizing a stable version remains murky, with HL7 executives offering different opinions.

Key Republican members of Congress appear to be wavering on full ACA repeal
Healthcare Informatics ~ Mark Hagland ~ 04/02/2017

Things are shifting right now on Capitol Hill with regard to Republicans’ previously stated intentions to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare,” with key Senate Republicans changing their tone, and their pronouncements, on what might happen next.

Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services
TechCrunch ~ Ingrid Lunden ~ 03/02/2017

The fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money.

Pathfinder app advancing women’s reproductive health
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 03/02/2017

Non-profit organisation that focuses on sexual and reproductive health, Pathfinder International, has developed and rolled out an mHealth app to improve post-abortion care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Patientrack cuts admissions at St Helens and Knowsley
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 03/02/2017

An e-observations system at a northern trust has cut high-risk admissions, calls to the emergency team and time spent performing observations.

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