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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.

While health IT and electronic medical records (EMRs) have reduced medication errors and improved care efficiency, incorrect implementation of such systems can lead to medication errors, misdiagnoses and treatment complications.

Individuals reading physician notes and explanations of care through a patient portal are often confused with many medical terms without the necessary explanations. Scientists have developed a virtual physician to explain test results in layman’s terms, while equipping users with charts and risk assessments of measurements.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Dell joins HIMSS Innovation Center

Dell is the latest company to sign on as an industry collaborator of the HIMSS Innovation Center, joining other major health IT organizations at the 30,000-square-foot testing and exhibition facility in Cleveland.

FDA issues draft guidance for interoperable devices

The FDA has issued draft guidance to provide clarity on how the agency evaluates medical devices that electronically connect and interact with other devices or systems.

ACOs name interoperability as top challenge

A new report names interoperability as the biggest challenge facing accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Senate HELP Committee issues HIT draft legislation

The U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee has released a discussion draft of legislation that aims to improve the overall use and development of health IT.

Interoperability Standards Advisory open for public comment

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is accepting public comments on the recently released 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory until March 21.

Contract modification means DOD records can be stored in Cerner data centers

Thanks to a contract modification, military health records can now be stored in Cerner's data centers rather than government data centers.

 
ONC publishes interoperability standards advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) —a catalog of existing and emerging standards and implementation specifications developed and used to meet specific interoperability needs. 

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