International health IT week in review: December 9

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 9: Shadow rulers of VA's EHR, CommonWell-Carequality connection, EMIS-X to share live GP data, Mass General and blockchain, phishing menace, IT glitch misses results, telehealth use low, patients opt in for test results, ResMed buys Propeller Health, info blocking decreasing

VA shadow rulers had sway over contracting and budgeting
ProPublica ~ Isaac Arnsdorf ~ 03/12/2018

Newly released emails about the three Trump associates who secretly steered the Department of Veterans Affairs show how deeply the trio was involved in some of the agency’s most consequential matters, most notably a multibillion-dollar effort to overhaul electronic health records for millions of veterans

KLAS: EHR vendors making significant progress with CommonWell, Carequality connection
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 04/12/2018

With the establishment of connectivity between CommonWell and Carequality, announced back in August, as well as other interoperability advancements by electronic health record (EHR) vendors, the ability to exchange patient records is within the reach of most acute care or clinic-based provider organizations, regardless of size or financial situation

EMIS reveals X-citing next phase of GP IT software
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 03/12/2018

Known as EMIS-X, the cloud-based platform aims to create an ecosystem that supports NHS Digital interoperability standards, where applications are allowed to share selective live data with others.

Massachusetts General Hospital piloting blockchain projects with Korean start-up
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 06/12/2018

In working with MediBloc, MGH is said to be interested in the ledger technology's suitability for storage and exchange of patient data, supplementing its EHR.

Phishing, ransomware attacks continue to menace healthcare
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 05/12/2018

As the year winds down, phishing and ransomware attacks continue to plague the healthcare sector, as illustrated by recent breach reports.

Glitch prevented docs from seeing test results
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 05/12/2018

Physicians across Canada may have missed seeing the medical results of their patients because of a software issue involving an electronic medical record program.

AMA: telemedicine use by docs is exception rather than rule
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 04/12/2018

The first nationally representative estimates of physicians’ use of telemedicine has found the numbers lacking, according to the American Medical Association.

NW London Care Information Exchange begins mass recruitment
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 04/12/2018

So far 20% of patients invited to register are signing up, with the number rising to 90% if they have test results on the system.

12 states file data breach lawsuit against EHR vendor
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 04/12/2018

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in an Indiana U.S. district court marks the first time state attorneys general have joined together to pursue a HIPAA-related data breach case in a federal court.

Tabula Rasa Healthcare acquires fellow medication safety platform DoseMe
MobiHealthNews ~ Laura Lovett ~ 03/12/2018

As part of the deal Tabula Rasa will acquire the DoseMeRx platform, which gives clinicians information about how a patient will metabolize and absorb certain medications.

How a scribe tool linked to Epic EHR is helping ease physician burnout
Healthcare IT News ~ Bill Siwicki ~ 03/12/2018

Some doctors at Massachusetts General Physicians Organization have saved more than two hours per clinical session with virtual scribe technology.

ResMed buys Propeller Health, provider of digital platform for asthma, COPD
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 03/12/2018

ResMed, a provider of cloud-connected medical devices and out-of-hospital software-as-a-service solutions, has agreed to pay $225 million for Propeller Health, which provides connected health solutions for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

Rucker: Problem of info blocking in healthcare is improving
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 03/12/2018

The problem of electronic information blocking in healthcare has been improving since the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Don Rucker, MD.

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