International health IT week in review: April 23

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending April 23:

AMA, Regenstrief launch EHR training platform for medical students
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 19/04/2017

The American Medical Association on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine to launch an electronic health record training program for medical students.

Cybersecurity start-up exposed hospital network data in demos
Healthcare Info Security ~ Jeremy Kirk ~ 20/04/2017

Billion-dollar cybersecurity startup Tanium has acknowledged failing to thoroughly anonymize network information for a California hospital that appeared in live product demonstrations and online videos.

States to share $485 million in grants to fight opioid crisis
Healthcare IT News ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 20/04/2017

The Department of Health and Human Services will give all 50 states a total $485 million in grants to help them fight the opioid addiction crisis that is gripping the country.

Secure message program aids patient-doctor communication
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 20/04/2017

Healthgrades, which offers information on hospitals and physicians to help patients make choices about healthcare provider choices, has been testing a pilot program to enable consumers to have encrypted two-way secure messaging sessions with physicians.

System C will link child health records across the south
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 20/04/2017

System C has been awarded a contract to create a single child health record across six regions in the south of England.

One-third of healthcare providers using remote patient monitoring, virtual care
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 20/04/2017

About three-fourths of healthcare providers have virtual care initiatives in place, and about a third are using remote patient monitoring to improve patient engagement and access to care and more of these programs are likely to come, according to a survey commissioned by KPMG.

Hospital IT execs see employees as their biggest security threat
FierceHeatlhcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 20/04/2017

More than 46% of respondents ranked employee security awareness and culture as their number one concern when it comes to security threat exposure.

Can a commercial EHR really replace VistA? Not a chance
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 19/04/2017

Epic is the same vintage as VistA and both systems use MUMPS code.

Video technology trialled for premature babies in Scottish hospital
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 19/04/2017

The Royal Hospital for Children, part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is piloting video technology that allows parents to be remotely updated on their child’s health.

Cornell researcher warns blockchain isn’t foolproof
Fiercehealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 19/04/2017

Blockchain technology may not be the interoperability savior everyone is hoping for, according to a Cornell researcher who splashed cold water on the hype surrounding the new technology.

GAO: Medicare policies hampering telehealth, remote patient monitoring use
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 18/04/2017

While telehealth and remote patient monitoring can help improve healthcare outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries, payment and coverage restrictions are creating barriers that are hampering the utilization of these technologies.

NHS 111 Online trial launched in Suffolk
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 18/04/2017

NHS England has launched another pilot to test a web-based version of its non-emergency phone line NHS 111.

New evidence emerges that Soon-Shiong used philanthropy to funnel money to businesses
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 17/04/2017

Emails reveal details of the strings attached to Patrick Soon-Shiong’s $12 million donation to the University of Utah.

Black Book: Cerner is best EHR to replace VA's VistA
Healthcare IT News ~ Jessica Davis ~ 17/04/2017

The research firm ranked Cerner number one in all categories for the best vendor to replace VistA. Number two? Allscripts. Epic struggled with cost control and go-lives.

CMS proposal relaxes EHR reporting requirements
Fiercehealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 17/04/2017

A new proposed payment rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would ease up on EHR reporting requirements over the next two years.

VA considering software-as-a-service model for VistA EHR system
Healthcare Informatics ~ Heather Landl ~ 14/04/2017

In one RFI published on, the VA is seeking information about commercial off the shelf replacements for VistA provided in a SaaS model, a Web-based model, as an alternative to VA continuing to operate its VistAs, which are not fully modernized.

FDA gives Abbott 15 days to fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical devices
Fiercehealthcare ~ Evan Sweeney ~ 14/04/2017

The FDA warned Abbott that it needs to fix the cybersecurity concerns associated with its cardiac devices or face further penalties.

ConnectMed launches telemedicine service in Kenya
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 13/04/2017

ConnectMed has rolled out their telemedicine platform in Kenya with the aim of providing medical advice to patients outside of a healthcare setting.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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