A study from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that the increased adoption of electronic health record systems helped Canada's health care system save an estimated 1.3 billion Canadian dollars -- or about $1.27 billion -- over six years. The study notes that Canada's health system achieved the savings through greater administrative efficiency and improved care. EHR Intelligence, CBC News.
An mHealth Alliance report finds that a lack of standards and interoperability is hindering the use of mobile health technology in low- and middle-income countries. The report recommends strategies to incentivize interoperability. FierceMobileHealthcare, mHealth Alliance report.
A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds that the global health organization Partners in Health has leveraged AHRQ-funded research on electronic health record systems to support its health care projects in developing countries. Healthcare IT News.
A review published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research examines mobile health interventions in low- and middle-income countries and finds few formal evaluations demonstrating how mobile health projects have affected clinical outcomes. FierceMobileHealthcare.
As many as 100,000 United Kingdom residents with cancer and rare diseases could have their genetic codes included in a National Health Service database. The project aims to advance medical research, but some advocates have raised privacy concerns. Reuters, BBC News.
A new partnership between the mHealth Alliance and CARE aims to use mobile health technology to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. The partnership also could lead to the development of new mobile health innovations. FierceMobileHealthcare.
Public health leaders in Canada and Tanzania are collaborating on a project that seeks to use smartphones to conduct cervical cancer screenings. For the project, health care workers will use smartphones to send images of cervixes to trained physicians, who will provide diagnoses. CNN.
A new study finds that in the United Kingdom, most medical students and newly qualified physicians use smartphones. Most of the surveyed medical students and new doctors reported having between one and five medical applications on their phone. FierceMobileHealthcare.
A new mobile health application from the Pan American Health Organization -- a regional office of the World Health Organization -- aims to help public health workers track the health behaviors of adolescents. The app allows users to visualize and compare data. MobiHealthNews.
A Daily Mail investigation finds that during one year, the United Kingdom's National Health Service experienced several data breaches that exposed nearly 1.8 million patient records. Some breaches involved records being sold on an auction website. Daily Mail, London Telegraph.
The Australian government has terminated a $23 million contract with IBM to build a security component for a national electronic health record system, citing missed deadlines and delays. The government has implemented an interim service. Government Health IT, iTnews.
A Kalorama Information report predicts that the European market for electronic health record systems will grow from $6.8 billion in 2012 to $8.8 billion by 2017, in part because of government efforts to establish a more universal EHR network. Clinical Innovation & Technology.
In a new study, researchers combined large volumes of mobile phone information with infectious disease data to track how human travel contributes to the spread of malaria in Kenya. The findings identified areas where malaria control efforts could be most effective. CNN et al.
The United Kingdom's National Health Service and Computer Sciences Corporation have reached a deal allowing CSC to offer an electronic health record system in the U.K. but stripping CSC of exclusive rights in some regions. Washington Business Journal's "FedBiz Talk" et al.
A report by the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group calls for governments to promote digital innovation in the health care industry by empowering patients to access their data, facilitating rapid sharing of best practices and other strategies. Modern Healthcare, FierceHealthIT.