International health IT week in review: June 16

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending June 16: Fixing flawed EMRs, unique patient IDs, blockchain for pharma supply chain, US office for EHR modernisation, GP at Hand disruption, Boots repeat script app, 50-year-old system with MUMPS, Epic partners Humana for real-time costs

Why EHRs are flawed, and how they can be fixed
Health Data Management ~ David Lareau ~ 13/06/2019

Regardless of whether organizations choose to keep or replace their current IT solutions, it’s clear that physician dissatisfaction is high and that, as an industry, it’s time to advance the dialogue and take action to fix our flawed EHRs where they hurt most.

House approves lifting HHS ban on unique patient IDs
Healthcare Info Security ~ Marianne Kolbasuk McGee ~ 13/06/2019

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an amendment to a proposed appropriations bill that would lift a 20-year ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development or adoption of a unique, national patient identifier, but plenty of hurdles remain.

Merck, IBM, Walmart and KPMG to pilot blockchain pharmaceutical supply chain system
MedCity News ~ Alaric Dearment ~ 13/06/2019

The four companies are collaborating under a program that stems from a law that Congress passed in 2013 to develop an electronic pharmaceutical tracking system.

DoD, VA establish office to improve EHR coordination
Healthcare IT News ~ Nathan Eddy ~ 13/06/2019

The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization office will replace the current Interagency Program Office.

Allscripts acquires specialty drug prescribing startup ZappRX
MedCity News ~ Kevin Truong ~ 13/06/2019

The startup built a cloud-based platform that helps speed up the administrative tasks like electronic prior-authorization and REMS documentation associated with prescribing speciality medication.

MP calls for GP at Hand to be suspended pending further reviews
Digital Health News ~ Andrea Downey ~ 12/06/2019

GP at Hand’s current operation and planned expansion to Birmingham should be “suspended” until the NHS has a better understanding of how digital services will affect primary care.

Boots launches free online NHS repeat prescription service
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 12/06/2019

It uses technology from Wiggly-Amps and allows customers to directly order their repeat prescription from their GP record and have it sent to Boots for dispensing.

EHR optimization can stop common diseases in their tracks
Healthcare IT News ~ Benjamin Harris ~ 12/06/2019

Two new early detection algorithms that integrate with electronic health record data are looking to make the odds more favorable.

GAO contends HHS legacy system in dire need of modernization
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 12/06/2019

According to the Government Accountability Office, the HHS legacy system is 50 years old with both high-risk “criticality” and security issues.

YouGov survey reveals willingness for patient data to be shared
Digital Health News ~ Hannah Crouch ~ 12/06/2019

More than seven in ten people surveyed said they were happy to have their annoymised personal health data shared so long as it was used to benefit others.

Humana to integrate real-time benefits check into Epic’s EHR
FierceHealthcare ~ Paige Minemyer ~ 11/06/2019

Humana is teaming up with the largest electronic health record platform, Epic, to allow providers to see how much drugs will cost their patients in real time.

Quest, LabCorp breaches face state and federal review
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 10/06/2019

Attorneys general from three states are pledging investigations of the breach at American Medical Collection Agency, believed to have exposed personal information of 20 million patients.

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