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The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare has authored a letter to Congress urging them to ensure safety is prioritized in the EHR Reporting Program that is already mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. You can read that Act here and search “Sec. 3009A. Electronic Health Record Reporting Program” for the related information.

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A report from the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) and The Health Management Academy entitled "Top of Mind for Top Health Systems 2019, Insights from health systems on IT priorities for the year ahead" has predicted that cybersecurity, telehealth and interoperability will be the most significant areas of health IT in terms of impact on health care in 2019. 

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The constant pressure to reduce costs associated with health care delivery and concurrently improve services drives innovation in in the healthcare industry: From digital data management to innovative medical devices and diagnostic tools, appropriate use of technology has the potential to facilitate better care while also reducing the cost of it's delivery.

As such it is no surprise that healthcare technology adoption is gathering momentum globally despite barriers to their use: not…

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The NHS has necessarily advanced in line with changes to its serviced population in terms of demographics, disease states and expectations. But in order to meet these dynamic needs, within a framework of limited financial resources, many clinicians are now keen to embrace an innovative approach. 
 
Recently there has been a drive towards disease prevention and individualised patient care, along with empowerment,…
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Cylance offers products and services that predict and prevent cybersecurity attacks, as opposed to merely detecting the enactment of such threats, and describes itself as having "redefined endpoint security," working with clients worldwide including health related organisations such as Phoenix Children's Hospital and Apria Healthcare for…
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HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and constitutes a set of U.S. regulatory standards including privacy and security rules. These standards, set for the US as a whole relate to the protection of individually identifiable health information and the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected…
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Originally founded in 2010 in the UK and later acquired by Google, DeepMind describe themselves as "...on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how." 
 
The mobile app for clinicians that they developed named Streams was the…
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A UK report recently issued from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) entitled "Outpatients: the future – adding value through sustainability"  describes the need for a re-appraisal of how outpatient care functions and discusses how this might be brought into line with current patient expectations and lifestyle.
 
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The paper entitled "Prevention is better than cure. Our vision to help you live well for longer" describes the UK government's vision for targeted preventative interventions, empowering and facilitating people with regards to their health and harnessing modern technology. It outlines a goal of…
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In order for organisations to measure their improvements in the field and also to compare against others locally and globally HIMSS Analytics® constructed EMRAM, an eight-tiered model, with attainment stages 0 - 7, detailing specific measures for the adoption and use of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) functions and notably those that support optimised patient care through…
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NHS Networks reported that the Widening Digital Participation Programme (WDP) from NHS Digital has seen success in a project designed to boost breast screening participation through social media connection. Facebook community groups were used to post information about screening and to facilitate communication between potential attendees and health practitioners.…

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Carrot was founded by Dr. Utley who is an inventor on more than 65 issued U.S. patents. The company aims to engage and empower individuals to cease smoking and to this end mobile technology and behavioural science is used alongside clinical expertise in their Pivot approach. A recent…
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The HIMSS Value Recognition Program's Davies Award of Excellence focuses on organisations achieving significantly improved patient outcomes through the use of health information technology.

HIMSS details that winning organisations may be chosen on the basis of "promoting health information and technology-enabled improvements in patient and business outcomes through sharing evidence-driven best practices on implementation strategies, workflow design, change management and patient…

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Join the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics

I recently became a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in the UK. They are now opening up further membership categories. The new faculty is important for supporting professionalisation for all clinicians involved in health informatics so please do join us.

Please see the below press release from the Faculty for more information:

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The US had seen the launch of DFree, a wearable connected health monitor that uses an ultrasonic sensor to alert users to a full bladder.

Changes in bladder size are monitored via a sensor secured to the abdomen with medical tape. A receiver then clips to the wearer’s belt. The device can track the progression of bladder movements and predicts urination timing using a patented algorithm. It sends data to an iOS app which can…

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The government Clinical Practice Research Database (CPRD) has collected de-identified patient data from UK GP practices research for 30 years leading to thousands of peer-reviewed publications.A recent agreement between TPP and CPRD has meant that now practices using TPP’s SystmOne can send daily data to CRPD.

Where practices have consented, this transfer of data will commence in November and, as other practices join the pilot, CPRD can expect to benefit…

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