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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

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.

Connecting the dots on connected health at HIMSS16

Another HIMSS Conference & Exhibition has come and gone, and true to expectations, interoperability, connected health and consumerization were the most prevalent buzz words this year.

CMS aims to expand technology, information sharing among all Medicaid providers

In an effort to bridge the "information-sharing gap in Medicaid," the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS), announced an initiative that permits states to request the 90 percent enhanced matching funds from CMS to connect a broader variety of Medicaid providers to a health information exchange.

HIMSS16: Cable companies are a 'huge resource' for healthcare

The emphasis on interoperability has many companies outside the standard range of vendors playing a role. Several of the nation's top cable companies and the industry’s marketing organization, CTAM, have a strong presence at HIMSS16, showcasing the latest in telecommunications technology that addresses healthcare’s connectivity needs.

Burwell announces widespread support for HIT commitments

Delivering the opening keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an agreement on core commitments made by top companies and healthcare systems.

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