International health IT week in review: August 5

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending August 5: Patient portal for Northern Ireland, linking ED systems in Virginia, swipe card bill rejected by VA, barriers to data sharing, NHS integrated care record, little value for US GPs in patient portals, Walgreens links patients to providers

Northern Ireland prepares for roll-out of patient portal
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 01/08/2018

A patient portal for people with dementia is to launch in Northern Ireland later this month, as part of the country’s national electronic care record project.

Virginia platform links all ED patient data across the state
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 01/08/2018

The initiative also integrates the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program and the Advance Healthcare Directive Registry.

NHS trusts sign up to Darktrace threat-hunting software
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 02/08/2018

Four NHS trusts have signed up with cyber security firm Darktrace with a view to automatically identifying possible cyber threats.

VA opposes bill calling for pilot program to test patient data device
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 02/08/2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs is opposed to proposed legislation that would require the agency to conduct a pilot program providing patients with a new device – the size of a credit card – access their personal health information and share it with providers inside and outside of the VA.

When patient data isn’t shared, predictive analytics suffer
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 01/08/2018

Data silos that prevent the sharing of patients’ medical information between organizations may hamper analytics efforts and short-circuit patient care.

Shared record system to connect NHS trusts in Lancs and South Cumbria
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 30/07/2018

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has launched an integrated care record system that will enable health and care providers in Lancashire and South Cumbria to share clinical information.

Survey finds most practices have portals, but don’t derive benefits
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 27/07/2018

Most physician group practices offer portals, a recent survey suggests that they’re not getting much value from them.

Walgreens launches 'Find Care Now,' a digital platform for connecting customers to healthcare providers
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 26/07/2018

The service is designed to be a curated way to connect customers to a range of healthcare providers that Walgreens has partnered with, including telemedicine companies, digital-enabled house call companies, and more traditional providers.

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