The Cleveland Clinic and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to share electronic data in order to provide more coordinated care for veterans.
Health information network giant Surescripts has published new tools to help prescribers learn more about the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.
The pressure is mounting on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to share health records electronically--if only the agencies will take the hint. Not one, but two reports were issued last week decrying that the lack of interoperability is a serious problem for this country.
Verona, Wisconsin-based electronic health record vendor Epic Systems is about to venture into new territory, readying to launch an app store that would enable third-party companies to create and sell apps that would work with its own EHRs.
Two consumer groups have asked California health information exchange organization, Cal INDEX, to change its consumer participation policy from an opt-out to an opt-in model, in light of Anthem's massive cybersecurity data breach, which has compromised up to 80 million patient records.
The Defense Health Agency's health IT priorities for 2015-16 include internal business consolidation and data sharing with the Veterans Administration.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated 2015-2020 strategic plan sets lofty goals, which provider groups say need to be more "refined."
There's been a lot of talk about the struggles providers have had sharing data. For instance, in addition to sharing data with other providers, they also need to meet the view/download/transmit requirements of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use; many have purchased patient portals to meet these requirements. I find it surprising, then, that one detail is receiving relatively little publicity: Evidently, 2014 Edition certified electronic health records already have the ability to share data with patients--if only providers would bother to use it.
Maine is piloting a project to use predictive modeling software to comb through nearly all of the state residents' electronic health records to determine which patients are most at risk of visiting the emergency room, being admitted to the hospital, suffering a stroke or heart attack or developing type 2 diabetes.
Health information exchanges won't work well and interoperability will not be sustained unless the business models and incentives are changed, according to a new paper from the Brookings Institution.