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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.


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BlackMesh delivers HIPAA-compliant cloud platform

Ashburn, Virginia-based BlackMesh has launched a HIPAA-compliant cloud platform designed to meet the everyday technical and regulatory needs of clinics and hospitals.

AMA, IHTSDO partner to advance interoperability, standardize medical terminology

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) have partnered to develop an international system of coding and medical terminology products.

AHA: More details needed for ONC interoperability standards

On Oct. 24, the American Hospital Association (AHA) responded to Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in a letter that asks for more details about how the organization will assess readiness and implementation specifications.

Orbita introduces HIPAA-compliant home health monitoring system

Orbita has introduce a cloud-based network to improve the connectivity of home healthcare devices, allowing patients to create, manage and deliver digital home healthcare information to hospitals and physicians.

HemaTerra introduces scheduling system for blood clinics, hospitals

HemaTerra Technologies, providers of software to healthcare facilities handling blood and other biologic products, has launched HemaComply–Equipment Manager, an equipment maintenance and quality control scheduling system made especially for facilities that handle blood.

14 recommendations on standardizing scanning in clinics

Scientists from all over the world have compiled a list of recommendations for an international standard in offering scans to reach the patient.

Surescripts boosts interoperability by letting EHR vendors access National Record Locator Service

Surescripts, a developer of health information networks, has announced it will give electronic health record (EHR) vendors access to its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) until 2019, increasing interoperability.

Integrated care can lower costs, reduce utilization rates

A recent study conducted by Intermountain Healthcare examined if treating both the mind and body yields better care and lowers cost.

Regenstrief aims for interoperability with new method of compiling data

Healthcare interoperability is a goal all health organizations strive to achieve, yet some ever do. At the Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics, they are hoping to ease the process to interoperability by testing the newly developed method of compiling health data into a single healthcare information system known the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Standard (FHIR).

Q&A: IT expert Erik Gerard sees potential in healthcare

Erik Gerard, an IT and communications systems expert, has more than 20 years of experience helping healthcare organizations transition into the advanced technological era. In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Gerard discusses the influence IT and communication advancements has had on the healthcare space, while also offering advice on taking on these new technologies.