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Putting patients at the heart of a digital hospital

Dr Afzal Chaudhry, director of digital and CCIO at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, writes about the organisation's eHospital programme.

A look back at the past decade in UK health informatics

From the rise of CCIOs to networks promoting diversity in the industry, the UK has seen a fair amount of change, writes Health Education England CIO James Freed.

Opinion: Metrics to deliver five extra productive healthy years

Financial metrics driving the UK's NHS need to adapt to the role prevention and maintaining a healthy life are starting to play in healthcare systems, writes Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer at HIMSS International.

3 questions to ask before investing in machine learning for pop health

Fundamental issues related to executive support, staff buy-in and patient risk stratification need to be understood and addressed before machine learning applications can help with population health goals.

Penn Medicine's tips for managing and integrating technology after healthcare acquisitions

Underestimating the impact of organizational culture on your technology plans can lead to costly delays and unplanned outages, says John Donohue, Penn Medicine's associate VP for enterprise infrastructure services.

Health IT Buzz

PULSE Supports Health Care During Disasters

When disaster strikes, most of us think about how we can best protect ourselves and our loved ones. We can’t always think about our health records though. Disasters can often aggravate chronic disease and cause disruptions at hospitals, clinics and other health care and social service facilities. If we even have them, very few of us think about taking our health records when evacuating, but that’s where health IT can help.

Using Health IT During a Disaster

PULSE – the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies – is an electronic health information system designed to help people manage their health care during and right after a disaster.

New Data Highlights Opportunity to Improve Access and Use of Online Medical Records among Individuals with Cancer

New data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) examines how people diagnosed with cancer access and use their online medical record. Nearly 60 percent of individuals with a previous cancer diagnosis reported being offered access to their online medical record by a healthcare provider or insurer (Figure 1), according to data from the National Cancer Institute’s Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). This rate is compared to 50 percent for people never diagnosed with cancer.

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