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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.

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.

 

Recent Headlines

Hospitals would be paid to test telehealth under Senate bill

Expanding Medicare’s coverage of telehealth services has been a favorite cause of major medical associations. A new U.S. Senate bill is taking a different approach to achieving that goal: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Regular information blocking in health systems, EHR vendors

In response to concerns regarding the exchange of patient information by health systems and electronic health record (EHR) vendors, a study published in The Milbank Quarterly examines the extent of this “information blocking”. 

HHS report responds to MassHealth failure in securing data

HHS has released a summary report on the failure of the Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth) to secure Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) data and supporting systems within federal requirements.

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.

HIE reduces length of stay, readmission rates, demand on physicians

Health information exchange (HIE) can improve the quality of care and clinical workflow, according to a study testing its benefits. The study, "The Effects of Health Information Exchange Access on Healthcare Quality and Efficiency: An Empirical Investigation," examined how using HIE gives physicians a full view of patient’s health—and how these insights lead to better care.

Chatbot uses AI to learn communicative practices in radiology

Radiologist from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have used artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to develop an application that acts as an assistant for clinicians when answering patient questions about upcoming radiologic care.

GAO: HHS falls behind EHRs, lacks plan for implementation

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released an evaluation of HHS efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR) for post-acute care. The GAO report states that the HHS “lacks a comprehensive plan to meet its goal of increasing the proportion of post-acute care providers electronically exchanging health information.”

HHS announces Phase 2 winners in data-sharing competition

HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the Phase 2 in the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition for developers to build applications for the secure sharing of health information. 

'Healthy tension' between providers, IT vendor/consulting organizations

In this year’s 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, researchers took a look at the perspectives of U.S. health IT leaders with topics such as security, cybersecurity and culture of care.

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.

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