A recently released report by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation proves the value of big data is certainly something to take seriously. And as more organizations create plans to make better use of and leverage their big data, Joe Petro, senior vice president of healthcare research and development at Nuance Communications, believes the industry is on the brink of seeing some pretty remarkable
I was honored to participate in the Patient Access to Health Data Summit at White House on June 4, 2012 as a kick off event to the the Health Data Initiative Forum. The meeting was a moderated discussion among an invited group of participants including developers, health plans, providers, EHR vendors, VCs, government representatives, patients and other experts. This expert roundtable was held with hopes to propel patient access to health data forward by identifying and prioritizing areas where technical standards and best practices are needed. The meeting attempted to reach the following stated outcomes:
We began with an inspiring
While some disagree on the right approach to transform our healthcare system, most will agree that patients must remain at the core. In order to deliver on the promise of more affordable, convenient care, healthcare decision makers should look at every decision with the patient at the center. How patients experience health reform over the next few years will be the measuring stick of health reform success.To date, progress has been made in a few areas but we still stand removed from a truly patient-centric healthcare system. To meet this objective, more should be done with patient data – from how it moves within the healthcare system, to how
The number of vendors of Electronic Health Records products seems unsustainable. Stimulated by federal Meaningful Use incentives, plus the irresistible tide of pressures and encouragement from all sides (specialty societies, peers, licensing boards, insurance payers), the uptake of EHRs has been steadily increasing.
As a result, large established EHR companies, some of whom have been around for 15 years or more, are experiencing competition from a wave of smaller start-ups – some successful, others not. Two general categories of EHRs have emerged, rather distinctly: EHRs for ambulatory use, and EHRs for hospital use. These really
The folks behind CONNECT, based on feedback from community members going through ONC onboarding, have made version 3.3.1 available.
CONNECT essentially uses National Health Information Exchange (NwHIN) standards and protocols for secure health information exchange. ONC issued the latest full release, that being 3.3, on March 16 of this year, with improved performance, usability, and higher exchange volume features.
Describing this week's 3.3.1 release as a patch, the group explained that it carries two main features. The first,
With the intent to both improve and expand the use of health information technologies – by no means limited to EHRs – Johns Hopkins has introduced a new center focusing on population health IT.
To create the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT (CPHIT), the school essentially rolled together faculty concentrating on public health, medicine, informatics, computer science, business and systems engineering.
“We are currently witnessing the most expansive digitalization of health care in history,” said Jonathan Weiner, CPHIT's director, in a statement. “Over the coming decade, electronic health records, personal health records
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NEW YORK--Health information exchange can be more than a noun or a verb. It can also be a platform on which innovators build the tools that providers, public health departments, patients need and, in so doing, plug holes in the market place, according to David Whitlinger, executive director of New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC).“There’s no one entity that can develop all the tools to make this possible and, quite frankly, why would you want that?” he said. Rather, it takes an ecosystem to innovate the new product that will close those marketplace gaps existing today.Whitlinger identified those marketplace gaps as access to patient information
The Tricare Management Authority wants details about how industry can build a joint immunization function for the integrated electronic health record (iEHR), which is being developed by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. TMA manages the military healthcare program.
TMA, on behalf of the iEHR Interagency Program Office, seeks vendor and open source community approaches for a shared system to manage, document and report immunization information for DOD and VA patients, according to an Aug. 3 request for
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