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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.

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

While the policy talk among attendees at February's HIMSS 2017 in Orlando may have been focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s future, HIMSS’ own policy team was spotlighting opportunities to advance its legislative and regulatory wish list under a new Congress and President Donald Trump.

Researchers can agree that the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) shows just how possible it is for improved international sharing of data that could protect people in the event of a deadly infectious disease outbreak.

On Oct. 24, the American Hospital Association (AHA) responded to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in a letter that asks for more details about how the organization will assess readiness and implementation specifications.

 

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Rochester Epidemiology Project introduces data exploration portal on disease prevalence

The Rochester Epidemiology Project, a partnership of healthcare organizations in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the sharing of medical records for research, is celebrating 50 years of service. The Project is beginning in the next 50 years with the launch of the Data Exploration Portal, which aims to improve community and public health in the two states.

Virtual physician improves patient understanding of portal-delivered info

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.

ONC offers $75,000 for algorithms to reduce EMR inaccuracies

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) have announced a Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge, offering as many as six prizes of $75,000 to find the most accurate tool to eliminate data duplication in electronic medical records (EMRs).

CMS updates EHR incentive programs, clinical quality measure reporting rules

CMS has proposed rules in updating the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) and Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. CMS has also released a request for information regarding the newly proposed rules.

HIMSS sees path forward for IT policies in the age of Trump

While the policy talk among attendees at February's HIMSS 2017 in Orlando may have been focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s future, HIMSS’ own policy team was spotlighting opportunities to advance its legislative and regulatory wish list under a new Congress and President Donald Trump.

HIMSS 2017: Samsung, American Well partner to improve interoperability

American Well, a leading telehealth provider, announced a deal to offer services to Samsung consumers, including providers, delivery networks, payors and employers.

CIViC: The Wikipedia of cancer research

Cancer researchers have collected vast amounts of new data, but this information is dispersed in many different places. A team from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has developed an online encyclopedia to store the data on cancer genomics and make it readily available to clinicians. 

IBM, FDA join forces to bring blockchains to healthcare

IBM Watson Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have joined together in a research initiative to determine if blockchain technology can be used as a secure patient data sharing platform.

Global initiative encourages sharing disease info to combat outbreaks

Researchers can agree that the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID) shows just how possible it is for improved international sharing of data that could protect people in the event of a deadly infectious disease outbreak.

HIMSS CEO announces retirement at end of 2017

H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), will be retiring at the end of 2017. 

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