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Google has introduced a suite of new partnerships utilizing the power of cloud computing and machine learning to advance the field of diagnostic imaging. Presentations were given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

AHA report says interoperability roadmap isn't enough

A federal interoperability roadmap isn't enough to appropriately address the current barriers to information exchange, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association. 

Cerner sets up production version of FHIR standard in its EHR

Cerner has unveiled a production version of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard that is being tested in its EHR.

Bill focuses on HIT transparency to drive interoperability

New legislation aims to improve health IT transparency and interoperability and follows up on the series of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearings held this summer.

Dell to buy EMC in $67B deal

Dell, the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, has announced plans to buy data storage company EMC for $67 billion.

 
ONC holds fifth Consumer HIT Summit; there's a 'revolution happening'

"There really is a revolution happening. Patients are at the epicenter of the change," said Jon White, MD, deputy national coordinator, opening the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's fifth annual Consumer Health IT Summit.

ACP notes pros, cons of HIT strategic plan

The American College of Physicians applauds the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on the “exceedingly thoughtful strategic plan” but notes several shortcomings.

GAO report details ongoing interoperability barriers

Numerous stakeholders have repeatedly called for improved health IT interoperability as a first step to improved healthcare but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a report identifying ongoing barriers.

ONC seeks input on draft 2016 interoperability advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking public comments on the draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

Final strategic plan released to set health IT's future

The updated, final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 was released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and reflects input from more than 400 public comments, collaboration between federal contributors and recommendations from the Health IT Policy Committee.

Daniel, longest serving ONC official, stepping down

Jodi Daniel, JD, MPH, director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s Office of Policy, is leaving the federal agency, effective Oct. 9.

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