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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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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FDA issues draft guidance for interoperable devices

The FDA has issued draft guidance to provide clarity on how the agency evaluates medical devices that electronically connect and interact with other devices or systems.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

CMS' Slavitt: Business practices have to change

“It’s not technology that’s holding us back. It’s business practice,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s program on interoperability.

DeSalvo outlines ONC goals for 2016

“Everywhere I go, I feel a sense of urgency” about interoperability, said Karen DeSalvo, MD, MSc, MPH, national coordinator for health IT, speaking at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s program on interoperability.

New interoperability framework supports comprehensive connectivity

A new interoperability framework includes legal terms, policy requirements, technical specifications and governance processes to operationalize data sharing for health information exchange (HIE) networks, vendors, payers and others in the healthcare industry to help them improve their connectivity.