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Apple Preparing HealthKit Rollout

Reuters is reporting on Apple's rollout of HealthKit:

Apple has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions…

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Can your phone improve your mood?

Earlier this year some research was carried out, which reduced aggressive behaviour in young offenders by manipulating their perception of ambiguous facial expressions.   On the back of this, a new app has been developed called HappyPlace which aims to combat low mood by making sense…

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Athenahealth wins on job growth

The Gold Level award for the Greater Boston region at the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards has been gifted to the cloud-based health IT services vendor Athenahealth.  They are given annually by MassEcon to recognise companies that have made outstanding contributions to the…

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Health IT – 3 reasons to be cheerful

There is huge debate going on at the moment about the current state and future of healthcare reforms.   But when it comes to Health IT the mood is decidedly cheerful.

 

“As Greg Chittim, senior director of Arcadia Solutions, sees it, the first real wave of optimism…

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Images shared by US Patients

It was announced to delegates on Monday at the Radiological Society of North America conference, that a project giving patients online access to their radiology images has proved that a patient-centred image sharing arrangement can work.

 

“William Heetderks, associate director…

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NHS Open Source offer planned

A full electronic patient record system is being planned by Hewlett Package to work on the open source framework currently being developed by NHS England.

 

“The system is called ‘NHS Healthcare Information System’ and will include complex scheduling, e-prescribing, requests and…

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GP Workload Reduced by Telehealth?

A new study has found that there is no evidence that telehealth alters the number of patient contacts with GP’s or reduces GP’s workload.

 

 “The study, conducted by the Nuffield Trust, showed that patients using telehealth contacted GPs as often as those who did not,…

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Patient Portals – A Guide

According to research released in September 2013, 40% of US office-based physicians currently have a portal through their practice management system or electronic health record.  Patient portal technology enables patients to use a web-based connection to communicate with their healthcare…

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Pathways for Commissioners

As of next February, a new tool will be available to commissions to help them analyse NHS Pathways data.

 

The NHS Pathways Intelligent Data Tool has two strands; the Continuous Quality Improvement dashboard, and the Directory of Services Analysis…

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Weekly Newsletter 6 December 2013

Welcome to our new weekly newsletter! This newsletter contains this week’s blog posts, events and forum discussions from the Health Informatics Forum.

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Study Finds – Most Mental Health Apps Lack Efficacy Proof

 

According to a study…

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Google Glass to be used in surgery

It has been reported that the University of  California-San Francisco has received approval from the Institutional Review Board to use Google’s computerised eyeglasses during surgeries. It is the first approval in the US by the board.

 

“Pierre Theodore, a…

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BT and Medred Launch Health Cloud

A new health cloud is making strides for open health data by providing access to aggregated population data (based on an anonymized population of more than 50 million lives) going back two to five years.

 

“MedRed, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare software…

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