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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.


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CommonWell Alliance grows again

Membership in the CommonWell Health Alliance keeps climbing. Another four health IT companies have signed on for a total membership of 33 organizations.

Little changes for overall gains

This week in health IT there were some incremental developments on the interoperability front.

ASCO urges Congress to legislate better EHR interoperability

The American Society for Clinical Oncology has issued a position statement urging Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen interoperability of EHRs.

Interoperability Task Force: Coordinated effort needed to push forward

The federal Interoperability Task Force presented its report to the Health IT Policy Committee during its Sept. 9 meeting, covering clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers.

Organization formed to further interoperability

A new provider led, not-for-profit, multistakeholder organization aims to foster a collaborative industry-wide initiative for an open services oriented architecture (SOA)-based platform, a next-generation technology model and multi-vendor restful web services modeled against HL7 FHIR and CIMI/CEM based profiles.

Most providers skeptical of interoperability roadmap goals

The vast majority of providers surveyed said they are not confident that the healthcare industry will meet the 10-year goal for nationwide interoperability set by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

HHS awards $38M in HIT grants

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is doing its part to create an interoperable learning health system by awarding 20 entities $38 million for three grant programs.

Emphasizing aspects of IT interoperability, bipartisan brain trust looks to build on ‘Cures’ momentum

The Bipartisan Policy Center is pushing Congress to take all sorts of policy actions to speed new drugs and medical devices to patients who need them sooner rather than later. 

ACC, DirectTrust, Allscripts testify on information blocking

A Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing focused on health information blocking included testimony from Allscripts, the American College of Cardiology and more. 

AHIMA, IHE partner on an interoperability standards roadmap

In collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) unveiled a roadmap for the development of standards to support information governance (IG) in healthcare including national and international efforts to ensure interoperability among health information systems.