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Google has introduced a suite of new partnerships utilizing the power of cloud computing and machine learning to advance the field of diagnostic imaging. Presentations were given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

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.

 

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JAMA: Ownership of electronic health information must be addressed

Clarifying legal rights of patient control over EHRs could be the key to making the best use of the huge amount of electronic medical information that the stimulus funding will create in the next few years, according to a commentary published in the March 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Aspyra inks reseller deal Aspyra has entered into a non-exclusive letter of agreement with South Plains Biomedical Services (SPBS), allowing SPBS to represent and resell Aspyra's laboratory information systems, RIS and PACS to new and existing customers.
California HIE implements Axolotl health record Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz, Calif., part of the Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange (HIE), has implemented the Elysium virtual health record from Axolotl.
PACS market growth in Europe requires industry collaboration Digital image storage space requirements in Europe are growing at an exponential rate and require collaboration among image archive solution providers, PACS vendors and modality manufacturers in order to ensure interoperability, according to a new analysis from market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
Lumedx combines CVIS, PACS with Mennen cath lab products Lumedx and Mennen Medical have signed a strategic partnership agreement to provide integrated cath lab data that streams hemodynamic cardiovascular patient data to their customers.
eHealth Global delivers image exchange for Rochester RHIO The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) hasimplemented eHealth Global Technologies' eHealthConnect Image Exchange service to automate access to patient images for participating healthcare institutions.
VirtualPACS allows remote image data access
A framework and toolkit for secure, efficient and standards-based access to remote imaging data has the potential to enhance multi-institutional collaborations in biomedical imaging studies, according to the developers of an open-source application, VirtualPACS.
Computerized order entry system trims imaging utilization
The introduction of a computerized radiology order entry (CROE) system with decision support capabilities into an integrated multispecialty group practice may substantially reduce the growth rate of high-cost outpatient imaging volume, according to the results of a seven-year, time-series analysis published online in the journal Radiology.
Viztek inks California PACS deal Precision Orthopedics in Salinas, Calif., has selected Viztek's Opal-Ortho PACS for digital image management.
GE helps Canadian facility go digital GE Healthcare has implemented its Digital Imaging Repository to connect hospitals and medical centers throughout Southwestern Ontario Canada.

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