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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

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.

Answer Health on Demand, Great Lakes Health Connect pattern to expand HIE for telemedicine

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.

PCHAlliance, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise partner to improve HIE

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have announced a partnership to launch a number of joint initiatives in 2017, including improvements in interoperability, conformity testing and certification of products.

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. 

Cal INDEX, Inland Empire merge to form largest HIE in California

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) announced plans to merge, forming the largest nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in California.

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. 

Promoting health IT means better behavioral healthcare

Health IT encompasses electronic health records, electronic health tools, mobile applications and many more innovative technologies that help push healthcare forward. With the number of useful health IT devices growing, health plans should encourage the use of these technologies to improve behavioral healthcare.

eHealth Technologies, Rochester Regional team up to streamline imaging data interoperability

eHealth Technologies, providers of image-enabled Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions, have partnered with the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) to offer image data interoperability to 13 counties in New York.