International health IT week in review: March 26

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending March 26:

A 40-year 'conspiracy' at the VA
Politico ~ Arthur Allen ~ 19/03/2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs built perhaps the most important medical computer system in history. Now it’s about to spend billions to throw it away.

GE to invest $500 million in healthcare and hire 5,000 software developers
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 23/03/2017

GE will invest $500 million in its healthcare unit to make its operations more digital, and GE Healthcare also plans to double its bench of 5,000 software engineers, GE Healthcare CEO John Flannery revealed.

Report: Open APIs are poised to replace conventional HIEs
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 23/03/2017

The shift to value-based payment models and the push to integrate health data from a range of sources could signal the end for traditional health information exchanges (HIE) and pave the way for more advanced pathways for interoperability.

Thousands more NHS staff have their data compromised by Landauer hack
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 22/03/2017

A major English teaching trust is the latest to fall victim to NHS staff radiation data breaches, as the US-based company behind the hack refuses to comment.

Epic, Nuance embed AI into EHR for clinical documentation improvement
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 22/03/2017

Nuance Communications and Epic are partnering to integrate the artificial intelligence capabilities of Nuance's computer-assisted physician documentation tool into the Epic NoteReader module for clinical documentation improvement.

GOP coming up short on votes to pass AHCA, reports say
Healthcare IT News ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 22/03/2017

The House of Representatives may not have enough Republican votes to pass the GOP-crafted American Health Care Act on Thursday, according to published reports.

Fleming tapped as deputy health tech secretary
Politico ~ David Pittman ~ 21/03/2017

Is this our next national coordinator? Former Rep. John Fleming has accepted the job of deputy assistant secretary for health technology at HHS.

NHS Digital Academy to train 300 CCIOs and CIOs
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 21/03/2017

NHS England is hoping to train 300 NHS staff to become “digital leaders” by 2021 by running them through a 12-month training course.

ICO moves to calm controversy over TTP patient data sharing
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 21/03/2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says thousands of GPs using TPP should not switch off “enhanced” information sharing, despite ongoing concerns about the security of patient information, due to the potential impact on patient care.

60 percent of healthcare data breaches in February came from within the organizations
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 20/03/2017

In February, hacking incidents only accounted for 12 percent of total healthcare data breach incidents, yet insiders were responsible for almost 60 percent of the total breach incidents during the month, which points to a troubling trend, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer” report.

Fired U.S. attorney reportedly was investigating Tom Price but HHS sec said he is unaware of probe
FierceHealthcare ~ Ilene MacDonald ~ 20/03/2017

Despite reports that a well-known U.S. attorney was fired amid his investigation into Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s stock trades when he was a member of Congress, Price said he is unaware of any federal probe.

DeepMind Health is in talks with NHS trusts across England
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 20/03/2017

DeepMind Health deployed its acute kidney injury (AKI) alerting app, Streams, at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and has signed up Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for a similar deal.

AHIMA issues guidelines to enhance HIM practices for LGBT populations
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 19/03/2017

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has issued a practice brief that offers guidelines and recommendations for healthcare professionals and health information management (HIM) professionals to implement inclusive HIM practices for the LGBT community, as well as individuals on a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

iPads in every hospital: Apple’s plan to crack the $3 trillion health care sector
Fast Company ~ Christina Farr ~ 18/03/2017

As of this week, patients can log in to their medical chart, click a download button, access a copy of their medical record, and port it to their Apple health app on a smartphone.

Babylon Health app will be among first on NHS “digital tool” library
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 17/03/2017

Five apps will help launch NHS’s new digital tool library, including the private video consultation on-demand service Babylon Health.

Poorly implemented IT systems lead to medication errors
FierceHealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 17/03/2017

Health IT systems designed to improve prescription ordering and medication administration can just as easily contribute to medical errors.

Livongo nabs $52 million to expand beyond diabetes to other chronic conditions
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 17/03/2017

Livongo Health, the diabetes management startup launched by former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, has landed a $52.5 million round of funding.

Healthcare groups bash Trump's budget proposal: Cuts threaten public health
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 17/03/2017

Nurses, docs and medical research groups said the budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump threaten the future of healthcare.

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