Stories here include reports from the emerging exchanges across the country that are enabling data sharing among hospitals, group practices, labs, imaging facilities, pharmacies and payers. Topics include HIE governance and related standards, such as HL7.
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Kettering Health, a seven-hospital system headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is now sending reportable lab results for eight facilities directly to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) via the Cincinnati-based health information exchange, HealthBridge.
A survey of self-selected respondents, most of whom track personal health data via wearable devices, smartphones or Web sites, finds they have strong interest in contributing and using the data for research. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Data Exploration project at University of California San Diego conducted the survey. UCSD recruited participants through postings on related Web sites, press releases and social media channels including blogs and Tweets. A new report offers interesting findings.
Healthcare Access San Antonio, the health information exchange for south central Texas, has selected New York City-based Mana Health's Patient Gateway as its patient portal.
While doctors recognize the important advances that electronic health records have enabled, they have serious concerns about the negative impact that EHRs are currently having on their professional lives and patient care, according to a March 12 blog by the RAND Corporation. Moreover, physicians worry that EHRs are significantly more expensive than anticipated which is creating uncertainties about the sustainability of their use.
The FDA has told Congress that its risk-based regulatory plan for health information technology is coming soon.
Emergency department physicians who accessed an upstate New York health information exchange's data were able to reduce the odds of patients being admitted to the hospital by 30 percent, according to a new study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.
A Peoria, Ill.-based health information exchange is tying the surrounding region's long-term and post-acute care facilities into its clinical network, under the assumption that quicker and more complete information sharing will result in better care.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital wants to enhance its patient portal and will have several teams of software developers and designers competing for $85,000 in money during the weekend of March 15-16 to get the job done.
Secure electronic communication has significant potential to improve patient engagement, but in order to fully realize its potential, health care organizations must provide users with sufficient education and also provide a sense of confidentiality ...
Health care providers and insurers across the country are discovering event notification system (ENS) capabilities supply an integral "value-add" to critical information exchange.
The projected Department of Health and Human Services information technology budget will decrease by more than 10 percent next year under President Obama's spending plan sent to Congress.
An 18-month study at HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange serving western New York, finds more than 2,700 CT scans--10 percent of the total such scans of three parts of the body ordered during the period--were potentially unnecessary duplicate scans.
Health insurers such as WellPoint and Humana stand to gain $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the laws opponents label a bailout.
While 86 percent of surveyed health care CEOs believe technological change will transform their businesses over the next five years, only 25 percent have started or completed changes to make their companies more innovative.
A comprehensive literature review prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by the RAND Corporation has found that the majority of new studies indicate that health I.T. "enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research."