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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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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.

AHA white paper calls HIT 'common fiber' for improved care quality

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) new white paper outlines how the use of health IT can improve quality across the care continuum.

Greenway offers customers CommonWell Alliance functionality

The sixth most popular EHR vendor announced the ability of its customers to use CommonWell Health Alliance services to exchange clinical information from its system with other alliance participants at no cost.

AEGIS' Touchstone Project to help providers implement FHIR, creator of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL), has introduced the Touchstone Project, a next generation cloud-based testing platform that applies conformance and interoperability testing in a test-driven-development (TDD) integrated ecosystem.

HITPC task force to submit interoperability report to Congress

Paul Tang, MD, MS, vice chair of the Health IT Policy Committee, offered up details about the Interoperability Task Force’s report to Congress on the clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. 

HIMSS, AHIMA, IHE collaboration produces guide for interoperability standards development

HIMSS, AHIMA and IHE have banded together to produce a report that's meant to serve as a guide for those working on developing interoperability standards. 

UCSF, Cisco partner on interoperability platform

University of California San Francisco and Cisco have formed an initiative to jointly develop an interoperability platform for sharing healthcare information among multiple entities. 

KLAS interoperability report puts athenahealth, Epic on top

With the intense focus on health IT interoperability, KLAS has issued a report on the current landscape and who is taking the lead when it comes to overcoming barriers.

Roadmap feedback and mixed bag on cybersecurity

Plenty of action in health IT this week but the most significant developments centered around interoperability and privacy and security.

AAFP seeks urgency for interoperability

Comments regarding the federal interoperability roadmap are coming in and the American Academy of Family Physicians wants to see some action.