International health IT week in review: March 5

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

Moving past the EHR interoperability blame game
New England Journal of Medicine ~ Julia Adler-Milstein ~ 22/02/2017

The substantial increase in electronic health record adoption across the nation has not led to health data that can easily follow a patient across care settings.

InterSystems wins multi-million pound Liverpool joint-EPR tender
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 02/03/2017

Three Liverpool trusts have picked InterSystems as their preferred electronic patient record supplier, potentially winning the US company its first global digital exemplar customer.

mHealth platform improves access to safe and legal abortion services
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 02/03/2017

30% of South African women are not aware that abortion is legal, while an estimated 50% of South African abortions are performed illegally, in unsafe environments

NHS Improvement rejects Leicester’s multi-million pound EPR bid
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 01/03/2017

A Midlands trust has reined in its paperless ambitions after NHS Improvement declined to fund its multi-million pound electronic patient record bid.

Appointment system hacks affect info of 80,000 at Emory Healthcare
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 01/03/2017

A hacker demanded a ransom from Emory Healthcare in January after accessing and deleting the appointments information system of its Orthopaedics and Spine Center as well as the Brain Health Center within Emory Clinic.

Portable screening tool for diabetic feet can prevent amputations
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Kelly O'Brien ~ 01/03/2017

These patients have tools to manage their glucose levels, but no tools to help them manage foot wounds that often lead to infection and amputation.

SickKids and CHEO launch an Epic partnership
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Justin Faiola ~ 01/03/2017

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) have partnered to develop and implement the first integrated Canadian paediatric instance of Epic.

Allscripts, NantHealth team with Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 28/02/2017

The platform enables oncologists to identify evidence-based treatment regimens for patients through integration of NantHealth’s eviti platform and Allscripts’ Sunrise EHR.

Misconfigured MongoDB and similar databases still falling victim to attacks
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 28/02/2017

An attack on a database used by Emory Healthcare for patient appointments is the largest health data breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2017.

GAO criticizes HHS plans to improve interoperability across the continuum of care
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 28/02/2017

The Department of Health and Human Services has failed to measure efforts to improve patient information sharing among post-acute care providers and has no suitable plan in place to improve those efforts going forward, according to a government watchdog agency.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt grilled on missing confidential NHS data
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 27/02/2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was told more than 500,000 missing confidential NHS correspondence a year ago but kept the information secret on official advice.

EHRs could serve as more accurate tool to identify septic shock trends
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 27/02/2017

Despite the fact that sepsis is one of the most deadly and costly medical conditions for hospitals, doctors frequently fail to properly document this immune system response to infection that kills more than 250,000 Americans each year.

NHS accused of covering up huge data loss that put thousands at risk
The Guardian ~ Denis Campbell ~ 27/02/2017

Thousands of patients are feared to have been harmed after the NHS lost more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence, including test results and treatment plans.

Dorset working with Orion Health on £20 million shared care record
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 27/02/2017

If the record does proceed, it will start with a real-time summary of a person’s health and social care records that will draw from hospitals, GPs and social care systems.

Nokia set to relaunch WIthings' connected device line under Nokia brand
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 26/02/2017

The company will debut the Patient Care Platform for chronic condition management and release an updated version of the Health Mate app.

Nuance, Epic partner to help veterans with disabilities
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 24/02/2017

By integrating Nuance's AI with Epic's EHR, they aim to make it a cinch for nation's veterans to make medical appointments using voice-driven interactions.

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