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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 offers interoperability steps for providers, vendors, government

The American Hospital Association's Interoperability Advisory Group (IAG) offers priorities to both improve patient care and engage patients in supporting new models of care in its 2015 report "Achieving Interoperability that Supports Care Transformation."

Congress asks for task force on financial barriers to interoperability

Congress has requested a Health IT Policy Committee task force to develop recommendations for addressing technical and financial barriers to EHR interoperability, Paul Tang, MD, MS, vice chair of the HITPC, said during the group's June 30 meeting.

Greenway creates Interop U

EHR vendor Greenway Health has developed Greenway Interoperability University to recruit and train people to become interoperability experts.

 
HIMSS survey on Direct identifies use, challenges

Health information organizations are using Direct messaging in support of care coordination use cases but there is great variability in the method of access. 

Coalition supports the latest 21st Century Cures Act iteration

A coalition of 31 organizations has voiced its support for the interoperability language included in the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) in a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

CommonWell adds four more members

The vendor interoperability CommonWell Alliance has added new members to its roster to "incorporate new healthcare stakeholders outside of the vendor community," according to an announcement.

2016 budget increases NIH funding, eliminates AHRQ

The draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by 3.6 percent, it would eliminate the Health & Human Services’ Agency for Health Research on Quality (AHRQ).

CHIME co-founder Correll to retire

Co-founder and former president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Richard A. Correll will retire on June 30, after 23 years.

New EHR interface expected to boost VA, DoD interoperability

A new EHR system interface is geared to help the Department of Veterans Affairs share data with the Department of Defense's EHR system and increase interoperability between the agencies, according to a report from FCW.

Senate HELP Committee again addresses EHR interoperability

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee continued its efforts to improve EHRs and interoperability during a hearing on June 10.

 

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