International health IT week in review: January 27

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending January 27: European EHR, doubts over NHS long-term plan, instant alert app for flu, Apple and Epic? Google's influence on eHealth, health information exchanges struggle, Highland telehealth, Canada prevents virus spread, US hospital interop, doctor burnout

First EU citizens using ePrescriptions in other EU country ~ Staff writer ~ 24/01/2019

The first EU patients can use digital prescriptions issued by their home doctor when visiting a pharmacy in another EU country.

Poll reveals scepticism surrounding NHS Long Term Plan digital milestones
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 18/01/2019

More than a quarter of Digital Health News readers believe none of the eight digital milestones in the NHS Long Term Plan will be achieved on time.

University Hospital Southampton introduces instant alert app for flu
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 24/01/2019

Clinicians at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust are now able to receive instant alerts to inform them if a patient has tested positive for flu and which strain they have.

Apple buying Epic would sure be “epic,” but is it realistic?
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 24/01/2019

Health IT observers surely raised their eyebrows upon seeing last week’s comments from CNBC’s Jim Cramer on why Apple should acquire EHR (electronic health record) giant Epic Systems.

Google begins to stake out its place in healthcare
Health Data Management ~ Linda Wilson ~ 23/01/2019

Through acquisitions, new hires, partnerships and research efforts, Alphabet, parent company of Google, is using its expertise to organize and analyze enormous volumes of healthcare data.

Vermont HIE eyes switch to opt-out consent model
Healthcare Informatics ~ David Raths ~ 23/01/2019

Despite years of development work on the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), in 2017 the health records of only 19 percent of Vermonters were accessible in the VHIE. One potential obstacle identified is the HIE’s opt-in consent policy, which is now under review.

Computer virus takes toll on Sudbury hospital
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 23/01/2019

A computer virus at Health Sciences North led the hospital to shut down various medical systems to avoid the problem from spreading.

NHS Highland expands video consultations to out-patient appointments
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 22/01/2019

More patients will have access to online outpatient services after NHS Highland gave the green light to expand the programme.

Providers begin using AI to improve clinical decision making
Health Data Management ~ Fred Bazzoli ~ 22/01/2019

Healthcare organizations across the country are beginning to cash in on early efforts in artificial intelligence and data visualization.

Hospitals outline agenda to accelerate interoperability
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 22/01/2019

Hospitals and health systems are making progress in sharing health information, with 93 percent making records available to patients online, but collaboration across many private and public sector entities, including technology vendors and policymakers, is necessary to achieve comprehensive interoperability, according to a new report from national hospital associations.

Tech powers Brigham and Women's Hospital home-based hypertension program
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 21/01/2019

A new home-based care delivery program is able to rapidly improve hypertension control rates while significantly lowering cost, compared with traditional office-based blood pressure interventions.

Research: physician burnout is a public health crisis
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 18/01/2019

Physician burnout is a public health crisis and addressing the problem requires improving electronic health record (EHR) standards with a strong focus on usability and open application programming interfaces (APIs), according to a new report from leading healthcare researchers.

Healthcare providers increasingly lucrative for pros’ ransomware attacks
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 17/01/2019

Ransomware attacks are continuing to proliferate, as hackers have become professionals and are operating as a business.

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