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Weekly Newsletter 8 November 2013

This newsletter contains this weeks blog posts, events and forum discussions from the Health Informatics Forum.

Recent Articles 

Health IT still has work to do on patient engagement

According to a new study, despite billions of incentive dollars being injected into the healthcare system in an attempt to spur on health information technology, traditional forms of communication between patient and provider still dominate.

 “The majority of providers are still using telephone (91 percent), face-to-face conversations (71 percent) or letters (74 percent) to communicate with patients rather than opting for portals, remote monitoring or online personal health records, according to a new health IT survey sponsored by TCS Healthcare Technologies, the Case Management Society of America and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. “

Read more on the study here  

Putting the spotlight on four health IT initiatives

 Every population, every country, every government is a participant in a global trial and error.  Each faces different situations and therefore, their approach to healthcare is different.  But, as global health leaders see it, all can learn from others successes and struggles to help simplify and improve their respective strategies.  Health information technology is at its core. 

“Finding the global lessons from local healthcare strategies facilitates progress toward Universal Health Coverage, or UHC, a public health concept championed notably by the World Health Organization and its director, Margaret Chan. According to Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, director of knowledge, management, and sharing at the WHO, in a statement released to Healthcare IT News, WHO defines UHC as “all people receiving quality health services that meet their needs without exposing them to financial hardship in paying for them.” 

Read more on these health initiatives here.

Medical Apps have too little medical input

Richard Brady, a surgical registrar, has been telling Lis Evenstad that more regulation is needed.  He is worried that too many medical apps have too little medical input and some may even be unsafe. 

The ‘smartphone generation’ of junior doctors expects to use their phones at work, but there are remarkably few regulations to control the production and use of apps in healthcare.”

Read more on his thoughts here.


NHS Digital Reform – A Necessity

With the NHS turning 65 this year, the world’s second largest funded organisation is experiencing the most challenging times since it was formed in 1948. 

“The recent publication of the Keogh review looking into 14 hospital trusts has sent shockwaves at a national level to the quality of healthcare in the NHS. In many cases, the problems are also financial, with nearly a quarter of clinical commissioning groups struggling each financial year.” 

Read the full article here.


WebMD adds patient portal

After acquiring Avado for an undisclosed sum, WebMD, which so far has focused on healthcare content, will be adding patient engagement technology to its portfolio. 

“Avado's patient portal is designed to help doctors and patients interact through messaging, reminders and appointment scheduling using EMR-agnostic technology. During its third-quarter earnings call, WebMD executives called the acquisition "a key building block" for its patient engagement platform, reports MedCity News.”
Read more on this report here.


Health Informatics Jobs

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Featured Events

2013 AMIA Annual Symposium

The Symposium is the leading scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice. Biomedical and health informatics is the scientific discipline that seeks to develop and use information to improve health care, to assist biomedical research across the continuum from molecules to populations.

HINZ 2013 - Rotorua, New Zealand

HINZ 2013 will focus on research and innovative methods, policies, and concerns that will create the basis for a new generation of healthcare information use. The submitted paper sessions will offer an insight into the latest research and practical activity for stakeholders involved in healthcare information technologies, and promote discussion on issues, challenges, and solutions that are currently being developed here in NZ and all around the world. These sessions along with the hands-on health innovation marketplace showcasing the latest health IT solutions and services, will encourage everyone in the sector from “expert to newbie” to get together and make collaboration happen.

Big Change - Sustainable Healthcare for the 21st Century

The challenge of providing affordable healthcare to all who need it is the focus of this major international event being hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Oxford.

This two-day meeting will involve a selected group of high profile politicians, academics, entrepreneurs, investors and journalists in an interactive programme of discussion and debate, focused on how we best provide sustainable healthcare for the 21st Century.

Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data course

The Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data is an intensive five-day course on the theory and practice of analysis of large sets of linked health and social data at an introductory to intermediate.  Read more here.

Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data course

Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data is an intensive course of five days in duration, designed to instruct participants in the theory and practice of analysis of large sets of linked health data. More on this event here. 

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