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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

CMS' Slavitt: Business practices have to change

“It’s not technology that’s holding us back. It’s business practice,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s program on interoperability.

DeSalvo outlines ONC goals for 2016

“Everywhere I go, I feel a sense of urgency” about interoperability, said Karen DeSalvo, MD, MSc, MPH, national coordinator for health IT, speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s program on interoperability.

New interoperability framework supports comprehensive connectivity

A new interoperability framework includes legal terms, policy requirements, technical specifications and governance processes to operationalize data sharing for health information exchange (HIE) networks, vendors, payers and others in the healthcare industry to help them improve their connectivity.

AHA white paper calls HIT 'common fiber' for improved care quality

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) new white paper outlines how the use of health IT can improve quality across the care continuum.

Greenway offers customers CommonWell Alliance functionality

The sixth most popular EHR vendor announced the ability of its customers to use CommonWell Health Alliance services to exchange clinical information from its system with other alliance participants at no cost.

AEGIS' Touchstone Project to help providers implement FHIR

AEGIS.net, creator of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL), has introduced the Touchstone Project, a next generation cloud-based testing platform that applies conformance and interoperability testing in a test-driven-development (TDD) integrated ecosystem.

HITPC task force to submit interoperability report to Congress

Paul Tang, MD, MS, vice chair of the Health IT Policy Committee, offered up details about the Interoperability Task Force’s report to Congress on the clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. 

HIMSS, AHIMA, IHE collaboration produces guide for interoperability standards development

HIMSS, AHIMA and IHE have banded together to produce a report that's meant to serve as a guide for those working on developing interoperability standards. 

UCSF, Cisco partner on interoperability platform

University of California San Francisco and Cisco have formed an initiative to jointly develop an interoperability platform for sharing healthcare information among multiple entities. 

KLAS interoperability report puts athenahealth, Epic on top

With the intense focus on health IT interoperability, KLAS has issued a report on the current landscape and who is taking the lead when it comes to overcoming barriers.

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