International health IT week in review: May 10

Pulse+IT's weekly weekend round-up of international health IT and eHealth news:

Fitbit has a problem - and it isn't Apple Watch
Forbes ~ Dan Diamond ~ 07/05/2015

Fitbit’s problem isn’t Apple. It’s applicability. There are still major questions over whether wearables can lead to sustainable health gains, and even if users can be reminded to wear them out the door.

Obama nominates DeSalvo for HHS post
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 07/05/2015

ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, has been nominated by President Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she would step down as National Coordinator for Health IT, a post she has held since January 2014.

Nurses: EHRs decrease time with patients, hurt collaboration with outside facilities
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 07/05/2015

While nurses find electronic health records help improve patient safety and make it easier to access health information, they say the systems often are inefficient and hurt outside collaboration, according to a recent study.

IBM Watson partnerships aim to improve personalized healthcare
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 06/05/2015

IBM Watson Health is looking to make its mark on personalized healthcare with two newly unveiled initiatives.

Legislators grill Karen DeSalvo on interoperability
FierceEMR ~ Dan Bowman ~ 06/05/2015

The issue of poor interoperability between electronic health record systems took center stage at a Senate hearing Tuesday focusing on the promise of precision medicine

The portal outlook is cloudy
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 05/05/2015

Patient portals, as the acknowledged leading patient engagement tool, so far have been disappointing in satisfying the needs of both patients and providers.

ICD-10 worries remain high for small practices
FierceHealthIT ~ Susan D. Hall ~ 05/05/2015

The level of concern about ICD-10, especially among small practices, is "a little too high for comfort," according to a survey from NueMD, a billing and practice management software vendor.

Regenstrief gives clinicians CDS control
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 04/05/2015

When in comes to clinical decision support, clinicians often have to go through a lengthy process to get specific warnings or reminders added to the electronic medical record system.

Banner Health targets chronically ill
HealthcareITNews ~ Bernie Monegain ~ 04/05/2015

Royal Philips and Arizona-based Banner Health say they have saved 27 percent in cost as the result of their at-home telehealth pilot program for patients with multiple chronic conditions. T

Updated hospital safety scores available to consumers
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 04/05/2015

The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of large employers working to improve care quality, has updated and expanded its Hospital Safety Score website that enables consumers to check the safety grades of their local hospitals.

Interoperable medical device safety standards making headway
Health Data Management ~ Greg Goth ~ 04/05/2015

It may be a stretch to compare the medical device market of the early 21st century to the market for electrical wiring and appliances in the early 20th century, but the goal of Underwriters Laboratories is essentially the same in both instances.

EHI News becomes Digital Health News
EHI News ~ EHI News ~ 04/05/2015

From this morning, EHI News has become Digital Health News; a new name to reflect the changing face of healthcare IT and digital health and social care.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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