International health IT week in review: November 17

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT news for the week ending November 17: Germany legislates for digital health, NHS burned by vendors, F for EMRs, faxes still a fixture, analogue switch-off, school-based telehealth, HIMSS supply chain maturity model, training for EMR satisfaction, Apple Research app live

Germany introduces Digital Supply Act to digitalise healthcare
Healthcare IT News ~ Tammy Lovell ~ 13/11/2019

Doctors will be able to prescribe digital health apps to patients, which can be reimbursed. The legislation also aims to phase out the use of paper by promoting e-prescriptions and providing doctors with higher reimbursement for sending electronic medical letters than for faxes.

Tech spending analysis suggests NHS getting burnt by IT mark-ups
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 13/11/2019

The NHS is paying almost four times the recommended mark-up for IT products, according to a study by technology service provider Proband.

AMA calls EHR fixes a 'national imperative' after doctors give 'F' for usability
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 14/11/2019

When it comes to usability, doctors give electronic health record (EHR) systems an “F”. And that poor usability correlates with physician burnout, according to a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Patients still facing big obstacles getting their own health data
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 14/11/2019

"Patients need their records, and it shouldn't be hard to get them," says Deven McGraw, chief regulatory officer at Ciitizen, a startup founded in 2017 that develops tools to help patients access, manage and share their medical records.

Nine in 10 in healthcare industry still using fax machines, survey finds
FierceHealthcare ~ Joanne Finnegan ~ 13/11/2019

A new survey finds that healthcare organizations are still heavily reliant on 1970s technology, with 89% using fax machines and 39% using pagers.

‘Time running out’ for telecare services to go digital
Digital Health News ~ Owen Hughes ~ 12/11/2019

Vulnerable adults in social care may be left without emergency assistance if local authorities do not address the national switch-off of analogue phone lines, a new report has suggested.

School-based telehealth program reduces ED visits by pediatric asthma patients
Healthcare Finance ~ Jeff Lagasse ~ 08/11/2019

Reducing emergency department visits is one way to lower the overall cost of care, and telehealth can help in this regard -- even for children, based on the results of a new school-based program.

New HIMSS maturity model helps align supply chain strategies
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Miliard ~ 08/11/2019

The Clinically Integrated Supply Outcomes Model, or CISOM, enables better automation of data capture, helping health systems understand which products and processes offer better outcomes and lower costs.

Quality of initial training makes a big difference in EHR satisfaction, KLAS report finds
Healthcare Finance ~ Deirdre Fulton ~ 08/11/2019

The research shows significant variability in EHR satisfaction among specialties, but high-quality training can help.

Apple rolls out Research: One app for three new longitudinal studies
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 14/11/2019

iOS users can officially download Apple’s new Research app and sign up for one or more of the three studies the company announced at its WWDC event in September.

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