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Report Predicts Ambulatory EHR Market to Grow by 30% by 2020
The US ambulatory electronic health record market is projected to grow by 30% by 2020, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. In its report, U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record Market: 2015–2020, Frost & Sullivan noted that the ambulatory EHR market faces several challenges, including frequent EHR audits, high implementation costs, low productivity and poor interoperability standards.
Therefore, the report predicted a rise in new EHR functionalities to address those issues, such as automated data entry, benchmarking clinical performances across care, care coordination, patient engagement and risk stratification. The report also predicted that large ambulatory practices will continue to acquire smaller practices or work with accountable care organizations, helping them invest in EHRs and payer consolidation will address fragmentation among consumers and ambulatory EHR vendors.

Time to Reinvent Healthcare for the Digital Age (opinion)
A recent Commonwealth Fund survey found that only 14 per cent of Canadian doctors reported having the ability to share test results with doctors outside their practice. That puts Canada dead last behind the 10 other developed countries surveyed.
Clinical Peer Leader Networks Support Advanced Clinical Use and Patient-Centred Digital Health Solutions
Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is pleased to announce the next wave of Clinical Peer Leader Networks (Networks) in Canada, developed to help health care professionals implement digital health solutions in their respective communities. As part of Infoway’s clinical engagement strategy, this new funding will help clinicians achieve greater value for their practices and patients through advanced clinical e-functions and adoption of patient e-services. OntarioMD (a subsidiary of the Ontario Medical Association) and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) are first to be officially on board with more to follow.
This initiative builds on successful peer networks that covered 11 jurisdictions, with over 500 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other peer leaders engaged more than 33,000 of their peers in fostering effective use of technology in practice. It also complements ongoing Faculty Peer Leader Networks, which support educators in preparing future clinicians to practice in a technology-enabled environment.
In addition to the resources available through the online Pan-Canadian Clinical Peer Network Community, Infoway also offers access to helpful information to further advance digital health through a new toolkit developed in collaboration with a group of clinical peer leaders. The toolkit includes a number of resources and tools, as well as information to support peer leaders who are new to the Network.


Printed Sensors Evaluated for Glucose Measurement in Exhaled Breath
Pinpricks are a painfully annoying but ever-present part of managing diabetes. Applied Nanodetectors Ltd. (Middlesex, UK) and the Centre for Process Innovation in the UK are working on developing a breath testing device that may be able to accurately estimate the levels of glucose in the plasma. The glucose “breathalyzer” would measure concentrations of volatile organic compounds exhaled into the device using printed sensors that can be made cheap enough for mass adoption.
The collaboration is part of a recent nine month Innovate UK project titled ‘Plasense’ which finished in December 2015 and developed a low cost and scalable printed sensor technology onto flexible plastic substrates. Further development work will look at up scaling the sensor and integration into a point of care diagnostic device. The project is a key breakthrough for the monitoring of glycemic levels and if commercialized, the technology could revolutionize the way in which we monitor glucose levels across the globe.

Canada: EHR Now Available for 3.6 Million South West Ontario Residents
Over 37,000 doctors, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals across south west Ontario (SWO) are now able to securely access electronic patient information from the region’s 67 hospitals, four Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), four regional cancer programs and provincial clinical systems for laboratory tests and results, and diagnostic imaging via the cSWO Regional Clinical Viewer, ClinicalConnectTM. For the first time, patient health information from across the continuum of care can be accessed by authorized healthcare professionals to gather essential patient data in seconds from those organizations using eHealth technology. The implementation of an integrated electronic health record (EHR) has been achieved in south west Ontario – from Windsor to Tobermory to Guelph and through Niagara Falls.
Denmark Evaluates eHealth Solutions
Three groups of municipalities and regions in Denmark are about to test eHealth solutions, with funds from the government’s Digital Welfare Strategy. The evaluations aim to let public administrations share best practices and learn from one another, and should increase the use of welfare technology. The three projects have been granted subsidies of between DKK 1 million (about EUR 134,000) and DKK 1.5 million (about EUR 201,000), announced Denmark’s Agency for Digitisation.
The first project, which is led by the municipality of Aalborg, is to test solutions for the early detection of health issues in the elderly, including automatic alerts for medical professionals. The second project, led the municipality of Aabenraa, will try out the use of systems that automatically turn bed-ridden patients, and thereby reducing the number of medical staff needed to care for these patients. The third project evaluates the use of sensors installed in homes, to support home care for persons suffering from dementia. This test is led by the city of Aarhus.
UK: Open Source Healthcare System Adds Three More Hospitals
OpenMaxims, an electronic patient record system developed in the United Kingdom and made available as open source software, is now used by three more UK hospitals. The software solution is implemented for the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital, all three in England's northwest coast. The three hospitals form the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust started implementing OpenMaxims in December.
OpenMaxims patient record system was originally designed as a proprietary solution for the UK’s national health service (NHS). The company decided to re-licence the software in June last year. The open source version was first implemented last year by the 2600-bed Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. The new version adds a number of new features, including a module that helps hospital staff ensure patients are fit and suitable for surgery, and a module to help staff direct patients to the right care and service, depending on clinical priority.
Singapore: Ministry of Health Issues Public Alert about Phishing e-Mail Scam
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is alerting the public of a phishing e-mail from "HealthCare. gov", and asking those who have received such an e-mail message to delete it. In a post on the MOH Facebook page, the MOH said that anyone who receives an e-mail with the subject "HealthCare. gov: Important HealthCare Notification [#02015]" should not respond to the e-mail, or click on any link or attachment within the e-mail. A phishing e-mail is one that appears to come from legitimate sources, and often redirects recipients to a mock website that spoofs a legitimate one. The fake site would proceed to ask visitors for updated personal information, such as credit card details, passwords and usernames, which can be used to access legitimate websites and services. In this case, the MOH said that the phishing e-mail refers to filing of 2015 tax returns, and will ask recipients to click on a link to verify their healthcare status.

Canada: RNAO and Infoway to Release Guideline to Advance Professional Practice in a Digital Age
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) launched the panel for an upcoming best practice guideline aimed at taking advantage of technology to optimize clinical leadership and health system deliverables. The guideline's expert panel is meeting at RNAO's home office in downtown Toronto to lay the framework for the first-of-its-kind document, slated for release in February 2017.
RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the healthcare system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.

Diabetes Tools' TriabetesClinic Nominated for 2016 Global Mobile Awards
Diabetes Tools has been nominated for Best Mobile Innovation for Health in the GSMA's 2016 Global Mobile Awards for its TriabetesClinic online decision support service that puts medical apps at the heart of diabetes treatment for insulin-dependent children, both in hospital and remotely at home. Diabetes Tools was named "MedTech Company of the Year 2014" by the Swedish Medtech Association. The company holds an ISO 13485 certificate, a compliance standard for creating medical devices and related services, and sells CE-marked medical software products in the European Union. Diabetes Tools is privately held and located in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Glomo Awards highlight achievements and innovations across the mobile industry and include more than 40 awards in eight categories. The 2016 winners will be announced during Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile industry exhibition and conference, in Barcelona, Spain (22 - 25 February).


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