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Apple has announced a new update for the Health app with the iOS 11.3 beta, which allows users to access medical records from various healthcare organizations through their iPhone.

A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system with a clinical decision support (CDS) system could reduce duplicate medications and adverse drug reactions, according to a study published in JMIR Medical Informatics.

Identifying a patient normally means going by their Social Security number—but what if that patient is a newborn who doesn’t have one yet? The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) laid out its suggested solution at a presentation at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Interoperability between healthcare systems continues to be a struggle with only 30 percent of hospitals being able to find, send, receive and integrate patient information from outside systems. Finding were published in Health Affairs.

Epic has introduced Share Everywhere, allowing for the sharing of electronic health records (EHRs) across all systems.

 

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Change Healthcare announces blockchain solution for healthcare

Change Healthcare, one of the largest independent healthcare IT companies in the U.S., has announced the launch of a blockchain solution for healthcare.

Mayo Clinic integrates symptom checker into patient portal

Mayo clinic has announced the integration of its Ask Mayo Clinic online symptom checker through Epic’s patient portal, MyChart.

Epic eyes improved interoperability with Share Everywhere system

Epic has introduced Share Everywhere, allowing for the sharing of electronic health records (EHRs) across all systems.

HIEs could save billions in Medicare spending

Health information exchanges (HIEs) could save billions in Medicare and Medicaid spending, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Notre Dame.

Q&A with next HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf: 'Absolute gap' between IT vendors, providers

It’s been quite a long time since anyone except Stephen Lieber was been president and CEO of The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), but he’ll soon be handing over the reins after 17 years to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, an alum of Kaiser Permanente and the Chartis Group as well as a HIMSS board member.

Interactive patient systems are valuable, but lack advanced features

Interactive patient systems (IPS) keep patient engaged and knowledgeable about their own care but have yet to reach their full potential. In a recent KLAS report, researchers examine current IPS vendors in their performance and how they plan to improve their systems.

Addressing communication gaps between physicians, in-home nurses

Efficient communication is key in providing quality care to patients. But according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, communication between physicians and home healthcare (HHC) agencies has major gaps. This gap, mainly concerning the care of elderly patients discharged from hospitals, could increase readmission rates.

Clinical decision support within EHRs decreases high-cost imaging tests

Ordering computed tomography (CT) for pulmonary embolism (PE) and brain and C-spine injury can lead to a high price tag. Researchers found clinical decision support (CDS) integrated into patient’s electronic health records (EHRs) was able to decrease utilization. Finding were published in the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM).

Collaborative initiative aims to improve interoperability in public health

Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth have announced an initiative to improve collaboration of health and human service organizations through technology and sharing information. With $1.2 million in funding from The Kresge Foundation, the creation of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) will advance interoperability to benefit underserved communities.

5 principles for safely implementing health IT

While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

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