International health IT week in review: March 25

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending March 25:

Price tag for new VA EHR now totals nearly $16B
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/03/2018

The Cerner electronic health record system that the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to implement over 10 years will cost a total of $15.8 billion, according to the latest VA data provided to Congress.

DHS: some GE imaging devices are vulnerable
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 19/03/2018

A recent alert from the Department of Homeland Security warning of vulnerabilities in certain medical imaging product lines from GE Healthcare also serves as a reminder to other medical device makers and healthcare entities about the risks posed by hardcoded and default credentials.

Local health and care record exemplar bid invites issued
Digital Health News ~ Jon Hoeksma ~ 22/03/2018

A small number of regional health and care collaborative communities across England have been invited to bid for national investment in shared health and care records.

CMS launches Blue Button 2.0 to free up claims data
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/03/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is leveraging HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard and OAuth 2.0 security profiles so that Medicare beneficiaries will be able to access and share their claims data in a universal digital format.

CCG could face £10.6m additional costs to continue GP at Hand
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 21/03/2018

A Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that piloted Babylon’s GP at Hand could be facing additional costs of more than £10.6 million to continue running the service.

VA Secretary Shulkin taps UPMC exec to lead agency’s open API project
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 20/03/2018

The agency named University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chief Innovation Officer Rasu Shrestha to lead work mapping the electronic medical record to the FHIR APIs and create common data standards through industry partnerships.

Finger Lakes Health hobbled by ransomware attack
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 20/03/2018

For now, the organization has reverted to paper and manual processes, which include patient scheduling.

Biden takes issue with Trump administration's interoperability plans
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 19/03/2018

The MyHealthEData Initiative, announced by CMS' Seema Verma at HIMSS18, is too light on detail to make much of a difference, said the former VP – who offered his own way forward.

NHS England issues £250k tender for independent evaluation of GP at Hand
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 16/03/2018

NHS England has issued a tender for an independent evaluation of Babylon’s GP at Hand service after the national body lodged a ‘formal objection’ to a significant further roll out of the service.

Patients Know Best joins forces with blockchain company for virtual shared record
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 16/03/2018

A patient portal provider has partnered with a blockchain firm to offer shared virtual medical records to diabetic patients.

Survey: nearly 2/3 of patients don’t know where their medical data is stored
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 16/03/2018

A recent survey of U.S. patients revealed that the majority of respondents have no knowledge as to where their medical data is stored and who has access to it.

VA promises EHR to be interoperable with DoD, providers
Health Data Management ~ ~ 16/03/2018

The Cerner electronic health record system that the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to implement will achieve interoperability with the Department of Defense and community healthcare providers, according to VA Secretary David Shulkin.

Kenyan start-up digitally connecting patients with doctors
eHealth News South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 16/03/2018

A team of innovative students have developed and successfully rolled out an eHealth platform that allows patients in Kenya to find, book and pay for healthcare consultations – all from their Android mobile device.

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