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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.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

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.

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