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

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 (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.

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.

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

 

Recent Headlines

GAO: HHS falls behind EHRs, lacks plan for implementation

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released an evaluation of HHS efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR) for post-acute care. The GAO report states that the HHS “lacks a comprehensive plan to meet its goal of increasing the proportion of post-acute care providers electronically exchanging health information.”

HHS announces Phase 2 winners in data-sharing competition

HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the Phase 2 in the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition for developers to build applications for the secure sharing of health information. 

'Healthy tension' between providers, IT vendor/consulting organizations

In this year’s 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, researchers took a look at the perspectives of U.S. health IT leaders with topics such as security, cybersecurity and culture of care.

HIMSS 2017: Samsung, American Well partner to improve interoperability

American Well, a leading telehealth provider, announced a deal to offer services to Samsung consumers, including providers, delivery networks, payors and employers.

Answer Health on Demand, Great Lakes Health Connect pattern to expand HIE for telemedicine

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.

PCHAlliance, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise partner to improve HIE

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have announced a partnership to launch a number of joint initiatives in 2017, including improvements in interoperability, conformity testing and certification of products.

CIViC: The Wikipedia of cancer research

Cancer researchers have collected vast amounts of new data, but this information is dispersed in many different places. A team from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has developed an online encyclopedia to store the data on cancer genomics and make it readily available to clinicians. 

Cal INDEX, Inland Empire merge to form largest HIE in California

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) announced plans to merge, forming the largest nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in California.

IBM, FDA join forces to bring blockchains to healthcare

IBM Watson Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have joined together in a research initiative to determine if blockchain technology can be used as a secure patient data sharing platform.

Global initiative encourages sharing disease info to combat outbreaks

Researchers can agree that the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) shows just how possible it is for improved international sharing of data that could protect people in the event of a deadly infectious disease outbreak.

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