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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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Burwell announces widespread support for HIT commitments

Delivering the opening keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an agreement on core commitments made by top companies and healthcare systems.

Surescripts activates National Record Locator service

Surescripts has activated its National Record Locator Service, which gives providers an effective way to obtain a more complete view of a patient’s health history.

Carequality Interoperability Framework expands with five new adopters

Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project, announced five new adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework.

ONC debuts ONC Tech Lab to focus its standards & technology work

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced the ONC Tech Lab which “represents the way in which we will organize and approach the type of work we do,” according to a blog post written by Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, director of ONC’s Office of Standards and Technology.

HIMSS16 on the horizon

HIMSS16 is coming up next week and again promises an overwhelming amount of opportunities to learn and network.

Interoperability at HIMSS16: Session Previews

Interoperability remains top of mind for the healthcare industry. From the federal government’s Interoperability Roadmap to new standards, IT professionals are driving the seamless exchange of information. HIMSS16 has plenty to offer attendees looking to stay up-to-date.

HIMSS16 organizers share exhibit hall highlights, educational opportunities and ways to optimize your time

The annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition has always aimed to address the latest concerns and challenges facing health IT and this year is no different, featuring presentations and keynotes from some of the major players in healthcare (and a guest appearance by one of the most famous players in the NFL).

CommonWell's 7 new members bring total to 40

The vendor-led association focused on interoperability in healthcare, the CommonWell Health Alliance, has increased its membership with seven new organizations.

Cerner launches SMART on FHIR coding platform

Cerner has launched the Cerner Open Developer Experience (code_) to enhance collaboration with third-party and client developers on SMART on FHIR applications.

Blog, fact sheets detail HIPAA's impact on interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to disseminate the idea that HIPAA does not impede interoperability.