International health IT week in review: February 19

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending February 19:

SAP unveils cancer screening app in Kenya
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Sikhumbuzo Hlabangane ~ 15/02/2017

SAP’s Design and Co-Innovation Center together with the Heidelberg University Hospital have developed a digitised cervical cancer screening test.

Physitrack, drchrono integrate digital physical therapy with mobile EHR in Apple-orchestrated partnership
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 16/02/2017

The digital physical therapy, telehealth and patient engagement platform from UK-based Physitrack is getting a boost in users thanks to a new partnership with mobile EHR company drchrono.

MySugr presents real-world data, expands Roche partnership
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 16/02/2017

Digital health company mySugr has come out of the International Conference on Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes with two big pieces of news: study results that show impressive efficacy of the app in high-risk populations and an expansion of its partnership with Roche.

Argonaut Project publishes FHIR implementation guide
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 16/02/2017

On the eve of a HIMSS conference that will have plenty of sessions highlighting the HL7 FHIR standard, the Argonaut Project announced the publication of its FHIR Data and Document Query Implementation Guide.

DOD’s new EHR system looks to standardize care, improve interoperability
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/02/2017

Defense Department officials expressed high hopes for its new $4.3 billion EHR system that officially launched last week, indicating that it will boost patient engagement and improve care.

Humber River Hospital to use Meditech’s web record
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 16/02/2017

Humber River Hospital (HRH) made headlines for being North America’s first fully digital hospital and first to implement MEDITECH’s Oncology Management solution.

Orion Health’s integration engine selected at Ottawa Hospital
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 16/02/2017

Orion Health announced that The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) has selected Rhapsody Integration Engine to replace its legacy engine.

Soberlink, MAP Health Management launch remote patient monitoring pilot for alcoholism
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 15/02/2017

The key is accountability: the Soberlink breathalyzer uses facial recognition technology to confirm identify of the user, and it will send real-time data to MAP’s care platform in the event that the user tests positive for alcohol use, misses scheduled tests or performs a test with negative results.

Two-thirds of hospitals bulk up staff to boost clinician EHR adoption
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 15/02/2017

Two-thirds of healthcare organizations have increased staff to boost EHR adoption, according to a study by Nuance Communications and HIMSS Analytics to be released next week at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. will use location and browser history to personalise health advice
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 16/02/2017

A new NHS patient website,, will track users’ browser history and location to provide them with personalised health advice.

CommonWell to expand services as members commit to build APIs
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 15/02/2017

The CommonWell Health Alliance has announced that 14 of its members have committed to building new application programming interfaces (APIs) that will complement existing services that the alliance already offers.

Why you should donate your data when you die
The Conversation ~ David Martin Shaw ~ 14/02/2017

Organs aren’t the only thing that you can donate once you’re dead. What about donating your medical data?

Great Ormond Street picks Epic in potential £50m deal
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 14/02/2017

Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation trust has selected Epic as its preferred electronic patient record supplier.

Why secure messaging technology is at a crossroads
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 14/02/2017

The DirectTrust secure messaging initiative created by industry stakeholders is asking electronic health records companies and other health information technology vendors to up their game.

GE and Standard Bank launch healthcare accelerator program
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 14/02/2017

GE and Standard Bank have launched a six month-long Healthcare Accelerator Programme at the GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg to help local healthcare professionals improve their technical, clinical and business skills.

Agfa building out enterprise imaging platform with EHR integration, IBM Watson capabilities
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 13/02/2017

The vendor will be showing an early version of what it called “a complete pathology image information system,” at HIMSS17, along with a new medical selfie app.

Time to dispel belief that public clouds are not secure
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 13/02/2017

University of California Irvine Health CIO Chuck Podesta said that even public clouds are becoming safe environments but healthcare executives should take security issues into account and be careful to create durable contracts.

NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions
New Scientist ~ Matt Reynolds ~ 13/02/2017

doctor, are set to be rolled out to as many as four UK National Health Service trusts over the next year.

Georgia advances bill that makes providers criminally liable for not tracking opioids
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 13/02/2017

Failure to comply would result in one to five years imprisonment and or a $50,000 fine. The bill is headed to the Georgia senate for a vote and if it passes, will move to the house.

Industry leaders mull mandating use of FHIR for info exchange
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 13/02/2017

Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources has tremendous potential for the interoperable exchange of health information, but some industry watchers wonder if its use should be required to facilitate widespread information exchange.

Why consumers feel health data is vulnerable to hackers
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 13/02/2017

Nearly half of Americans (44 percent) are worried about having their personal healthcare information stolen as a result of a breach of a healthcare provider’s information systems.

Apple's 12 picks for diabetes management apps, 2017 edition
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 12/02/2017

While a few of those same apps still appear on Apple’s current list of 12 diabetes management apps, there’s plenty of new names as well.

Hospitals still having a hard time connecting with physician EHRs
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 10/02/2017

Black Book Report shows that 70 percent of hospitals say data from outside providers is missing from their systems' workflows.

Patient portals boost efficiency, engagement, but getting patients and physicians on board a challenge
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 10/02/2017

Many practices have implemented a patient portal, but a big challenge remains: getting patients and doctors to actually use it.

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