| Vol. 13 No. 10, May 18, 2016 |
FACTS AND STATS
Physicians Confirm HRM Delivers Timely Electronic Reports into Certified EMRs to Improve Follow-up Patient Care
Hospital Report Manager (HRM), an application that electronically delivers medical record and diagnostic imaging reports from hospitals and specialty clinics across Ontario directly into physicians' and nurse practitioners' (NPs) electronic medical records (EMRs) is providing immediate clinical value for Ontario patients.
In a recent survey sent to physicians and NPs who are using HRM, 89% of respondents agreed that the timeliness of receiving reports into their EMR has improved with HRM. They have the most up-to-date information on the patient and can continue treatment back in the community. Timely follow-up decreases the likelihood of patients being readmitted to the hospital. Seventy-nine per cent of respondents also reported that HRM saves on the costs of printing and mailing/faxing paper reports. Survey respondents (78%) also indicated that HRM's functionality is easy to use.
Over 5,300 physicians and NPs are actively using HRM and enriching the patient information in their certified EMRs with the information contained in the hospital/specialty clinic reports. 122 hospitals and 26 specialty clinics across Ontario are currently sending reports via HRM and the goal is to connect all eligible Ontario hospitals by March 31, 2018.
Digital Healthcare Researchers Could Solve Why Pregnancies Fail
A new initiative, part of the National Tommy’s Centre for Early Miscarriage Care and Research (NEMC) which is the first in the UK - and the largest in Europe, hopes to find the key as to why so many pregnancies terminate. The IDH has been chosen as a partner, together with the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London with the team at IDH being led by Professor Theo Arvanitis.
Initially an online electronic patient record system will be designed by IDH which will link into three Tommy’s Centres, in Coventry, Birmingham and London. The clinical details and histories of women attending the centres will be uploaded from current hospital systems into the collaborative online system. Following that, current and future Tommy’s investigations will also be looked at which will include thyroid function tests thrombophilia screening, coeliac disease screening and further Tommy’s investigations such as endometrial tests, sperm function and DNA fragmentation tests. The system will provide a link to GP databases, hospital maternity systems, electronic clinical results systems and a module for self-reported patient outcomes. This will then enable collection of patient information from other health centres than Tommy’s.
Once this has been completed, comprehensive pregnancy outcome data will be available for the purposes of existing and future studies, in addition to routine clinical practice.
Tiny Origami Remotely Controlled Surgical Tools
Scientists at MIT, the University of Sheffield and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have combined their expertise at origami to create swallowable capsules that unfold and work as remote controlled surgical tools inside the body. They are made of rigid outer layers, that have slits along which bends can form, and an internal heat sensitive layer that actually powers the contractions. There’s a magnet on one end of the device that can be pulled on and rotated to orient the device remotely.
The researchers, in a laboratory model of the guts, were able to make the robot travel along the insides of a stomach and grab a tiny battery, simulating a real-world application of the technology.
US: New Military Electronic Health Record System Receives Name
The new system to transform military health records now has an official name. Military Health System (MHS) officials say the new electronic health record (EHR) will be called MHS GENESIS and is set to be launched at the end of 2016. To keep pace with medical advances and innovations in technology, the Defense Department has purchased a state-of-the-art EHR that will continue to provide high quality healthcare to beneficiaries, as well as an agile, responsive system for health care professionals.
The configuration and deployment of MHS GENESIS constitute a multiyear effort to provide a state-of-the-market system of sharing health records electronically and documenting the continuum of care. The new EHR will begin implementation in the Pacific Northwest at the end of this year, followed by a preplanned, programmed installation expected to be completed over a several-year period. Whether on a ship at sea, at a local clinic, or in a major hospital, MHS GENESIS will be available throughout all DOD facilities, and accessible to all members of the DOD’s healthcare team.
Uganda: eHealth Has Potential to Create 700,000 New Jobs
More than 700,000 new jobs will be created in Uganda if e-Health private-public partnerships are adopted, a senior ministry of Health official has said. Speaking at the fourth Vodafone Power Talks at the Kampala Serena Hotel recently, Mr. Andrew Kibirige Lutwama, the Ministry of Health eHealth Adviser, said, "The estimated socio-economic potential for e-health is approximately $63m per year in the next five years with more than 600,000 new jobs in a private public partnership."
Uganda has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Africa. It also has one of the largest populations of people under 30. The unemployment levels oscillate between 75-85% of the population.
India: Nationwide Digital Healthcare Platform Soon
Moving towards digitization of healthcare, the health ministry has worked out a detailed e-health project under digital India initiative of the government. The project would include hospital information system, electronic health record facilitated with health information exchange, online delivery of services, citizen portal, online monitoring systems for services and others.
The ministry is developing a digital platform - Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) - to enable creation of inter-operable health record which can be made available and accessible nationwide. Besides, the health ministry is also setting up National e-Health Authority as a statutory body for promotion and adoption of e-health standards, to enforce privacy and security measures for electronic health data and to regulate storage and exchange of electronic health records.
e-Health Hackathon to $2 Million Sale in Eight Months: The CareKit Health Story
It started with an idea to fill a gap in healthcare - enhancing quality of life for patients with chronic and short-term illnesses in their own homes and involve the entire circle of care. Eight months later, this idea, brought to life as the CareKit Health platform at the e-Health 2015 Conference Design Challenge hackathon, was sold for $2 million in shares and performance warrants to Moseda Technologies, a publicly-traded mobile healthcare technology company based in Vancouver.
The idea for CareKit Health, a comprehensive hardware and software platform designed to give providers and families real-time access to patient data collected in the home, was developed at the eight-week 2015 hackathon. Leo, a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton at the time, and the rest of his hackathon team took up the challenge around creating solutions to improve patient management, care coordination and communication. Their product is designed to collect patient data via wearables, sensors and a proprietary voice technology hub, with the goal of reducing emergency room visits and hospital readmissions. Leo said providing clinicians with real-time access to patient data supports faster, earlier intervention instead of patients having to wait for an appointment at a clinic or doctor's office. Moseda, a company working to develop mobile health solutions and COACH member, acquired CareKit Health in February.
Ericsson Nikola Tesla Gets eHealth contract in Kazakhstan
The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan and Croatian telecommunications equipment manufacturer Ericsson Nikola Tesla signed a contract for delivery of Health Information Systems and an Inter-Operability Platform. The contract is worth HRK 150 million. The implementation, which includes analysis, design, adjustment to local requirements and installation, will last approximately a year, while support services will continue for three years.
This contract will enable the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development and the related healthcare institutions to introduce international standards and to support key healthcare segment reforms. A unified healthcare information system will enable various new services and information regarding healthcare to citizens via a Patients Portal and will provide assistance to doctors in clinical decision making.
SIMPLY THE BEST
US: Influence Health Announces 2016 eHealth Excellence Award Winners
Influence Health, a provider of digital healthcare consumer engagement tools, awarded eight healthcare organizations with the annual eHealth Excellence Awards for innovation and leadership in digital health, marketing and patient engagement initiatives. Winners were announced at the 2016 Influence Client Congress, hosted at the J.W. Marriot Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
This year’s eHealth Excellence Award for Vision and Organizational Commitment was presented to Presence Health. Additional award winners included: Beaufort Memorial Hospital for Patient Engagement; Norton Healthcare for Consumer Engagement; Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for Social Engagement; Hamilton Health Sciences for Physician Engagement; EvergreenHealth for Mobile Engagement; Piedmont Healthcare for Wellness Outreach and Disease Management; Brookwood Baptist Health for Service Line Marketing.
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