International health IT week in review: October 28

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending October 28: Trump signs opioid bill, HIMSS infrastructure adoption model, NHS digital test beds, blockchain use cases, patient-reported outcomes, integrating Choosing Wisely into EMRs, making FHIR a requirement

Trump approves opioid package, expands telemedicine, regulates e-prescribing for opioids
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 25/10/2018

In one of the few and far between bipartisan bills to be passed during this administration, President Donald Trump signed into law yesterday a new package aimed to help tackle the opioid epidemic, called the Support for Patients and Communities Act.

HIMSS Analytics Introduces infrastructure adoption model for health systems
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 25/10/2018

The INFRAM focuses on five technical subdomains, allowing organizations to benchmark how their infrastructure operates within the following areas: mobility; security; collaboration; transport; and data center.

Wave 2 of NHS Test Beds takes aim at diabetes and A&E admissions
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 25/10/2018

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have announced a second wave of Test Beds for new healthcare technologies tackling cancer, diabetes and necessary hospital visits.

Work beginning on blockchain, needs good healthcare use case
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 25/10/2018

On the infamous curve of the Gartner Hype Cycle, blockchain has crested the first hill. That’s not always good – it means the technology has been overhyped, and the rush of euphoria is diminishing. The Trough of Disillusionment awaits.

Mandatory open standards will not close health IT market, DHSC believes
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 24/10/2018

The paper, named ‘The Future of Healthcare’, proposed that IT suppliers in use in the NHS would have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other.

Philips launches IntelliVue GuardianSoftware app for patient monitoring
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 24/10/2018

Royal Philips has designed a new FDA-cleared mobile app, called IntelliVue GuardianSoftware, that gives clinicians updates on a patient’s condition and deterioration.

Patient-reported outcomes grow in importance for measuring value in healthcare
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 24/10/2018

PROs come with some limitations, but as value in healthcare is defined, taking into account the perspective of the patient becomes crucial.

DrDoctor to be trialled across 11 more NHS hospitals
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 23/10/2018

The technology allows patients to book and change medical appointments online, receive text reminders and provides access to maps to guide patients to the right department in hospital. Patients can also fill in medical forms before they arrive and receive appointment letters digitally via the platform.

BMA launches app to help hospital doctors manage workloads
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 22/10/2018

Dr Diary enables doctors to record their work activity in a calendar. The app then builds up a picture of how much doctors are working and turns it into a report.

Boston Medical Center trims unneeded tests with EHR-based prompts
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 22/10/2018

In a study, published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the hospital evaluated Choosing Wisely recommendations integrated into its Epic EHR to alert providers to the best practice information.

Data of 75,000 at risk after breach of federal insurance exchanges
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 22/10/2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reporting unauthorized access to consumer data in systems that support federal insurance exchanges.

Early data show few unplanned pregnancies among cycle tracker app user
MobiHealthNews ~ Dave Muoio ~ 22/10/2018

Fifteen of 419 Dot app users experienced an unplanned pregnancies over six menstrual cycles, all from incorrect use.

Head of IBM Watson Health leaving post after company stumbles
STAT ~ Ike Swetlitz and Casey Ross ~ 19/10/2018

After a rocky three years as head of IBM’s health division, Deborah DiSanzo is leaving her role.

Sensyne Health’s gestational diabetes software to be used by three more trusts
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 19/10/2018

A software system which helps women manage gestational diabetes is to be rolled out across another three NHS trusts.

FHIR supporters want feds to make the standard a requirement
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 19/10/2018

As providers and vendors continue to embrace HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources to share health data, supporters are calling on federal agencies to make the standard a requirement.

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