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NHS patient database to rest up amid privacy concerns

NHS England has delayed a national electronic medical records database amidst mounting pressure from patients and practitioners, moving the project implementation back six months

NHS England has delayed a national electronic medical records database amidst mounting pressure from patients and practitioners, who claim citizens aren’t familiar enough with the project and the way private medical information will be handled.

Practice Fusion secures $85m to fuel acquisitions, expansion

Practice Fusion raised another $15m, adding to a $70m round in September

Healthcare IT has transformed in recent years, particularly for smaller practices – which look to adopt learner support systems that do more for less while improving patient care. Practice Fusion, a provider of cloud-based EMR, big data and booking services secured an additional $15m Tuesday, bringing its total series D round haul to $85 million. The company said the new funds will fuel strategic acquisitions to help Practice Fusion keep its momentum.

EHR opens the door to other cloud services in healthcare

Chad Skidmore, director of network services at INHS

Across the United States, thanks in part to healthcare IT reform initiatives introduced under President Obama, healthcare organisations have flocked to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems, integrating them into larger existing systems in order to improve patient care. Chad Skidmore, director at Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), a healthcare-focused IT service provider, says increased uptake of EHR is also encouraging a broader shift to cloud services. But big legacy integration challenges remain and service providers and medical facilities will have to conquer them before the benefits of cloud can be fully realised.

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