International health IT week in review: March 19

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

3 ways Trump’s FDA nominee could reshape digital health
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/03/2017

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration is a strong proponent of deregulating the drug industry, an approach that could be equally beneficial for the digital health industry that has occasionally butted heads with the federal agency.

Trump ‘America First’ budget plan calls for $15.1B cut to HHS
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 16/03/2017

The Department of Health and Human Services would suffer a $15.1 billion reduction in its Fiscal Year 2018 budget, and the National Institutes of Health would see its budget cut by $5.8 billion, according to a just-released plan from the Trump Administration.

University College London Hospitals seals Epic deal
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 16/03/2017

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) has approved a deal with US electronic patient record supplier Epic and plans to deploy the new system in 2019.

“Inexcusable” mistakes made in Google DeepMind and Royal Free NHS data deal – study
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 16/03/2017

A controversial deal between Google subsidiary, Deepmind, and a London NHS trust has been heavily criticised for its lack of transparency, in an academic paper.

AliveCor launches new AI-powered provider dashboard
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 16/03/2017

The company launched Kardia Pro, its first provider-facing offering, which uses AI to give cardiologists only the relevant information about their patient's ECGs.

UCHealth’s OpenNotes journey: from a few docs to enterprise-wide acceptance
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/03/2017

Although the OpenNotes initiative - designed to give patients access and ability to read visit notes online - has now reached 12 million patients in the U.S. alone, there have been challenges and pushback along the way, dating back to the beginning of the movement.

Despite federal push to offer EHR access, patient engagement is low
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 16/03/2017

Although the vast majority of hospitals and physicians provided access to EHRs in 2015, very few patients took advantage, calling into question the effectiveness of efforts led by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Arthritis Research UK introduces IBM Watson-powered 'virtual assistant' ~ Staff writer ~ 16/03/2017

The charity has teamed up with IBM to ensure people seeking help will have access to personalised information from the Arthritis Research UK website, delivered in a form that feels like a natural conversation.

Leeds Care Record adds community, mental health and adult social care
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 15/03/2017

Leeds Care Record now has five major care settings viewing and contributing information across the region.

FDA seeking feedback on new Office of Patient Affairs
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 15/03/2017

The FDA is considering the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs, focused on soliciting the perspectives of patients and taking those insights into account as it sets regulatory policy.

M.D. Anderson Cancer president resigns, admits to administrative shortcomings
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 15/03/2017

The center faced several challenges recently. This past January it cut about 1,000 jobs, blaming the measure on the cost of rolling out its electronic medical record system. It finished fiscal year 2016 in the red by $267 million.

Epic says App Orchard now open for business
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 13/03/2017

The EHR vendor is inviting third-party developers to highlight their best work, not only with FHIR, but also other open application programming interfaces.

Do you trust IT vendors too much when it comes to cybersecurity?
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 14/03/2017

Seventy-seven percent of IT decision makers believe their organization will experience a serious information breach within the next two years as a result of vendor activity on their networks, according to a study by cybersecurity vendor Bomgar.

EHR management tops ECRI’s list of patient safety concerns
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 14/03/2017

Two health IT systems - EHR management and clinical decision support systems - are among the top three patient safety concerns facing hospitals in 2017.

Health IT Now calls on Tom Price to review ONC’s role
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 14/03/2017

A health IT advocacy coalition is questioning whether the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has exceeded its authority, calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to reevaluate the agency’s role in EHR certification.

Thousands of Welsh NHS staff's data stolen in hack
BBC ~ Staff writer ~ 13/03/2017

Names, dates of birth, radiation doses and National Insurance numbers of staff who work with X-rays were copied as hackers accessed Landauer's system.

Hospital data centres: extinct in five years?
Healthcare IT News ~ Tom Sullivan ~ 13/03/2017

Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics.

Genomics, patient generated health data to be top information sources in five years
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 13/03/2017

The lack of adequate EHR interoperability continues to hinder healthcare organizations ability to use patient data in care delivery, the report’s author said.

GOP health plan to boost uninsured by 24 million, CBO says
Health Data Management ~ Bloomberg News ~ 13/03/2017

About 24 million more people would be uninsured under the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, creating a daunting political impediment for a proposal that would reduce the deficit by more than $300 billion.

Big EHR vendors set their sights on smaller targets
Fierceheatlhcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 13/03/2017

Electronic health record system vendors are turning their attention to an untapped market: physician practices and small and rural hospitals.

Mayo Clinic CEO gives tips on physician engagement
Healthcare IT News ~ Neil Versel ~ 10/03/2017

Convincing doctors to embrace EHRs and other new tools takes data, Mayo Clinic chief executive John Noseworthy said.

Google's DeepMind developing blockchain-like tech to track health data
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 10/03/2017

The eventual aim for the ledger-based system is to give providers and patients the ability to verify and audit how health information is used.

Direct-to-consumer telehealth boosts spending through more utilization
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 10/03/2017

While direct-to-consumer telehealth services may be increasing access to care through the availability of virtual care encounters, the potential cost savings from the technology is not being realized and is actually driving up healthcare spending by facilitating new care.

Shulkin confirms VA will transition to commercial EHR
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 10/03/2017

Less than a month after he was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, M.D., said the VA is officially switching to a commercial, off-the-shelf EHR system, replacing its frequently maligned VistA software.

Survey: Precision medicine data will make the biggest splash in the next five years
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 10/03/2017

Genomics and patient-generated data are poised to make a bigger impact in healthcare in the next five years, although many within the industry still have concerns about interoperability and the overall effectiveness of big data.

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