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4 Ways to Plan for Changes in Health IT Infrastructure

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Just as doubt clouds major financial markets, sub-markets — such as health IT infrastructure — react the same way to ambiguity. Consider, as a case in point, computer maker Dell’s plans to acquire data storage vendor EMC and...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

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Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Health Data Exchange Assists in Newborn Screening Programs

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The field of newborn screening (NBS) will get a boost from health data exchange upgrades in several states, thanks to $5.4 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Colorado School of Public Health and...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

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After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

Sequoia and CommonWell: Paths to Health IT Interoperability

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The Sequoia Project and the CommonWell Health Alliance travel on separate tracks, but move in the same direction — facilitating and inspiring progress toward nationwide health data exchange and health IT interoperability. Their respective...

Group Recommends Faster Paths to Health IT Interoperability

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Health IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholdersHealth IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholders....

ONC Report: Trust Strengthens for EHR Privacy and Security

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Consumers appear to be gaining trust in the privacy and security of electronic health records. A new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) shows slightly more than half of individuals nationwide expressing...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

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Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Work Begins on Precision Medicine Healthcare Data Standards

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Over the next four months, a Health IT Standards Committee task force will be developing and refining recommendations to support the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) under which providers, researchers and patients will work toward individualized...

Mining Electronic Health Records Refines Diabetes Diagnoses

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UCLA researchers successfully predicted patients’ type two diabetes mellitus (DM2) using an algorithm based on information extracted from de-identified electronic health records. The EHR phenotyping outperformed conventional screening methods,...

Public Health Expert Joins Texas Health Information Exchange

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The former president of a public health foundation, Jon Law, has been named executive director of the West Texas-based Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE’s board of directors announced Law’s appointment on Feb...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

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Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS offers...

Health Information Exchange Funds IT Investment for Flint

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Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has committed $250,000 toward connecting all healthcare providers in Genesee County, Michigan to GLHC’s statewide health information exchange. The assistance comes in response to lead contamination of drinking...

Portal’s Promise: Engaging Patients in Preventive Healthcare

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Healthcare interoperability means more than connecting information technology systems and tools with one another. From a holistic standpoint, the concept extends into the patient-facing sphere, offering individuals an interactive means of taking...

Telehealth Integration Enables Mercy to Monitor UNC Patients

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A new telehealth integration partnership spanning more than 700 miles brings together Mercy Virtual of St. Louis and University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC), based in Chapel Hill, N.C. The two organizations announced on Feb. 8 that Mercy...

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

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Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

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Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an application...

HELP Clears Improving Health Information Technology Act

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With health IT interoperability as one of it seven pillars, the Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) received unanimous support from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members yesterday. The legislation...

Changes Loom for Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange

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The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, which provides strategic direction for health information exchange and related health IT efforts in the state, may have to weather both operational and leadership changes in coming months. First,...

HHS Proposes New Substance Use Disorder Records Regulation

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb 5 issued proposed revisions to regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records. The changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery...

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