International health IT week in review: December 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending December 16: UK Health Secretary bans NHS faxes, C- for US interoperability, NICE standards, patient portal uptake, UK electronic prescription roll-out, weak encryption for health app, hospital bed monitors heart rate, VA Health API. EMRs and doctor burnout

NHS banned from buying any more fax machines
Press Association ~ Staff writer ~ 09/12/2018

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has banned the purchasing of fax machines in the health service from next month, and has ordered the NHS to phase out the outdated machines by 31 March 2020.

National Coordinator for HIT gives country C- grade on interoperability
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/12/2018

Health information exchange nationwide has been patchy at best, according to National Coordinator for HIT Donald Rucker, MD, who gives the country a C-minus grade when it comes to interoperability.

NICE publishes standards to help improve NHS technology uptake
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 13/12/2018

The public body has created a set of standards to help developers and investors understand what evidence is required to introduce their product for use in the NHS.

Who isn’t using patient portals? New study sheds light on portal use
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 12/12/2018

About two-thirds of adult patients did not use an online patient portal in 2017, and research indicates vulnerable and disadvantaged patients are less likely to use these technology tools, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Delayed phase four EPS pilot to begin this year
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 11/12/2018

Eight GP practices across England will trial the latest stage of the electronic prescription service (EPS) before the end of 2018, enabling prescriptions for all patients to be sent electronically to a pharmacy of their choosing.

Weak encryption leaves mobile health app at risk for hacking
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 11/12/2018

The lack of strong encryption in the Philips HealthSuite Health Android app leaves the consumer mobile health software vulnerable to hacking, according to a new advisory issued by the medical device manufacturer and an alert from the Department of Homeland Security.

Hospital bed integrates with monitoring software to identify risks
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 10/12/2018

Hospital bed manufacturer Hill-Rom has integrated continuous monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate and analytics into its Centrella bed.

VA launches its first health API based on FHIR standard
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 10/12/2018

The VA Health API, which enables veterans to view their medical records, schedule an appointment, find a specialty facility and securely share their information with providers, is the latest effort by the VA to map healthcare data to industry standards.

Study links stress from using EHRs to physician burnout
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 07/12/2018

Findings from a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association indicates that stress from using EHRs is associated with burnout, particularly for primary care doctors, such as pediatricians, family medicine physicians and general internists.

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