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 | Vol. 13 No. 1, January 13, 2016 |
HIMSS: EHR Use Associated With Quality Performance Benefits
More than 80% of health IT users have experienced some type of quality performance benefit as a result of electronic health record adoption, according to survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, EHR Intelligence reports.
Details of Survey. The survey included responses from 52 senior IT leaders representing HIMSS Stage 6 or 7 hospitals or Davies Award winners.
Overall, 88% of respondents cited at least one positive outcome as the result of EHR use. Meanwhile, 83% reported benefits in clinical staff quality performance. The most common category where respondents saw benefits was treatment and clinical outcomes. Most respondents who experienced such benefits said EHR implementation improved clinician efficiency by allowing clinicians to share information and reducing duplicative testing. The survey also found that nearly 80% of respondents who tracked savings from EHRs said they have seen positive savings, 60% of all respondents have seen an increase in patient portal use and 50% of all respondents said their organizations have had a positive experience with interoperability. Meanwhile, the survey found that nearly 44% of nurses reported positive effects from EHRs, while just 29% of physicians reported benefits (EHR Intelligence, 1/11). (report) (infographic)

AMA Launches Silicon Valley Integrated Innovation Company, Health2047
The American Medical Association announced that it has invested $15 million to create a new for-profit startup designed to develop innovative tools to improve healthcare. The company – called Health2047, a nod to AMA's 200th anniversary – is based in San Francisco and already has about 15 employees, including doctors, product designers and anthropologists.
Health2047 will collaborate with AMA content experts across a wide range of medical, health policy and pragmatic practice areas. It will also integrate healthcare companies, technology companies and entrepreneurs to co-develop, create and spin out offerings that can have large scale, systemic impact on healthcare and medical practice.


New Approach for Building Flexible Electronics Results in Wearable Heart Rate Patch
As anyone who has tried wrist-worn heart rate monitoring devices knows, they have lots of trouble doing their thing when the user is moving around. At the Seoul National University in Korea researchers have created a highly flexible electronic patch capable of doing basic ECG monitoring while amplifying and storing the data locally within novel nanocrystal floating gates. The patch is made of a flexible and stretchable silicon membrane on top of which gold nanoparticles are placed so as to draw the conductive components. This eliminates conductive films that have their unique limitations while increasing the memory capacity of the device.
The researchers tested the device on humans undergoing stress tests, reading the data from the patch six hours after the actual physical exercises were performed. The readings correlated with the heart rate measured using traditional methods.

Scottish Elderly and Vulnerable Citizens to Benefit from Digital Infrastructure Investment
The Scottish government's decision to invest £116 million in digital public services will enable the country’s elderly and vulnerable to benefit from the latest in ‘smart’ and technology-enabled care services, one of the country's leading providers has said. Communicare247, which provides digital infrastructure for health, care and emergency service agencies, says that the announcement by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in Scotland's 2016/17 budget will be warmly welcomed by both providers and citizens as they look to use technology such as remote monitoring, video conferencing, fall sensors, and GPS location devices to help people remain independent for longer, whatever their location. Scottish local authorities are looking to replace current outdated approaches to assisted living technology that rely on outdated, pre-digital equipment.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Selects Open Source Electronic Patient Records from IMS MAXIMS
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has selected an open source electronic patient record (EPR) called openMAXIMS from healthcare software provider IMS MAXIMS, to improve the recording and sharing of patient data across its hospital and community sites. The open source approach is expected to save the trust several million pounds in license fees and future development costs, while also providing more control on how the software is developed in line with the hospital's needs. Implementation started in December 2015 and once rolled out, Blackpool will become the third NHS trust to deploy the IMS MAXIMS open source EPR.
The new EPR will allow over 3,000 clinical staff to share a single digital patient record across its 830-bed hospital sites, supporting the trust's drive towards being paperless by 2020 and introducing workflow efficiencies across all departments. The trust will also reap the benefits of the open source community to co-develop new applications faster and cheaper than if it had selected proprietary EPR software. The openMAXIMS software was procured via the NHS Shared Business Services framework and the five-year contract involves IMS MAXIMS providing implementation, support, configuration, data migration, and maintenance.

eDevice Receives Tadi Award for the Design of Its New HealthGO Mini Platform
HealthGO Mini is a healthcare device directly installed at patients' homes, transmitting vital signs (i.e. blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation) to medical information systems through the secure eDevice mobile network. HealthGO Mini communicates with medical sensors via Bluetooth or USB. It can be combined with a tablet, offering a powerful user interface for medical applications such as Q&A for disease management.
eDevice has been awarded the Tadi Award for the design of its HealthGO Mini. It also rewards the company's successful strategy that combines technological innovation and investments in product design. This approach allowed eDevice to differentiate itself in the booming market of eHealth and to become the leading provider of Remote Patient Monitoring solutions for healthcare device manufacturers.
HIMSS Announces 2015 Physician IT Leadership Award Winner
Brian Yeaman, MD, founder and president, Yeaman and Associates, Yeaman Signature Health Clinic, has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. This award recognizes significant leadership in the area of applying IT to the needs of physicians while serving the Society and/or the industry. The Physician IT Leadership Award can be made for a single exceptional contribution, for a sustained contribution, or for a lifetime of exceptional leadership.
Dr. Yeaman has over 10 years of informatics experience in helping organizations transform capture, integration and delivery of clinical data, information and knowledge.  Dr. Yeaman is a nationally renowned expert in health information exchange (HIE) and health IT. He has guided some of the largest healthcare companies to understand their core competencies and assisted in bringing new solutions to the healthcare market.
Dr. Yeaman will be honored at HIMSS16 Awards Gala on, Thursday, March 3, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Latour Ballroom in the Wynn Hotel during the 2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on February 29 - March 4 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.


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