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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

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.

ONC: APIs adequate to support patient-directed access

The ONC task force did not uncover any “show-stopping” obstacles that would prevent increased deployment of APIs.

Survey: Costs of ICD-10 implementation met or exceeded expectations

WEDI's survey examining the implementation of ICD-10 found a majority of the respondents reported costs being at or above expectation, while the overall transition was smoother than expected.

Quintiles, IMS Health merge in $9 billion deal

Quintiles and IMS Health have agreed to merge in a $9 billion deal that will create an IT leader in the life sciences industry that will link patient records to healthcare management apps using IMS’s cloud model, reports ZDNet.

Proposed legislation requires proof of DOD-VA interoperability

New legislation would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide evidence of its EHR's interoperability with the Department of Defense EHR before healthcare funds are released to the agency, according to an ExecutiveGov report.

Strategy behind ONC office's new organization, output

During the Health IT Joint Committee meeting on March 10, Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Office of Standards and Technology, offered more details about how the agency has reorganized.

49 companies sign Open Data pledge for patient safety

In an effort to improve patient safety, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced that 49 healthcare technology companies have signed its Open Data Pledge.

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