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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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

New Alzheimer's drug test (mostly) fails

Another Alzheimer’s drug has—mostly—fallen short of researchers’ expectations, drug developer TauRx said in a statement July 27.

 
AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug shows promise in passing Phase III trial

According to a statement released by British drug-maker AstraZeneca July 18, the company’s new lung cancer drug is on the right track for government approval.

 
U.S. Army teams with drug company to find Zika vaccine

Healthcare providers and public health officials alike are itching to get national and global anti-Zika plans off the ground as soon as possible, especially as mosquito season takes hold in the Northern Hemisphere.

ONC to use two existing surveys to better measure interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced it will use two existing surveys to improve how it measures “widespread interoperability.”

Two drug-based treatments for Alzheimer's produce mixed results

The focus of drug-based treatments for Alzheimer’s is the subject of a tug-of-war, according to Bloomberg.

 
New system from Veeva meant to streamline clinical trials

The life sciences technology company Veeva Systems announced a new set of software June 22 meant to provide access to clinical data on multiple different platforms.

 
AMA, others ask ONC to look past volume for measuring interoperability

Using the volume of patient data being exchanged as the basis for interoperability measures may “hinder successful implementation” of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a letter from the American Medical Association.

CHIME calls for national patient ID program

While the healthcare industry increasingly adopts EHRs, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) called for a national patient ID system to improve safety and interoperability.

N.Y., Utah, Wis. physicians testing out predictive medicine tools

Hospitals and clinics in several states are trying out predictive medicine programs that, when linked to electronic health records, offer a probability of a diagnosis, but the Wall Street Journal reported not all doctors involved in the trials are sold on the technology.

NIH awards grant to develop 'TurboTax for eligibility for public health'

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $1.6 million grant to a firm focusing on developing software to ease determining eligibility for public health programs.

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