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EHR Data Helps Predict Survival for Patients With Circulatory Issue

December 12, 2018 - A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic used EHR-integrated risk calculators to predict survival rates for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using EHR data. The study demonstrating the effectiveness of EHR-integrated risk calculators was published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). As part of the study, researchers deployed a...


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APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide

by Kate Monica

EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

Reduced Regulatory Burden Needed For Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory and administrative burden on health IT developers and providers is necessary to paving the way for interoperability in healthcare. This sentiment came from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at the ONC 2018 Annual...

ONC Names Winners of EHR Innovation Challenge for Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

ONC recently selected three winners of its EHR innovation challenge seeking health IT solutions to ease EHR safety reporting for providers and reduce administrative burden. The Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is part of the federal...

DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

by Kate Monica

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

Veritas Capital, Elliott Will Acquire athenahealth for $5.7B

by Kate Monica

Private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management have agreed to acquire athenahealth for about $5.7 billion in cash, the health IT company confirmed on November 12. Elliott Management has expressed support for the...

Epic App Orchard Lowers Participation Fee for Health IT Developers

by Kate Monica

Participating in Epic App Orchard will now be more affordable for health IT developers, according to Epic App Orchard Director Brett Gann. Epic launched its marketplace for third-party apps in 2017. The app store allows vendors and health...

Apple Health Records EHR Data Viewer Steadily Gaining Traction

by Kate Monica

Patients at Henry Ford Health System will now have the opportunity to access their own health information through iOS devices after the health system announced it will support the Apple Health Records EHR data viewer. The app serves as a...

14 Healthcare Stakeholders Launch EHR Patient Data Request Tool

by Kate Monica

Fourteen organizations including AHIMA, X4 Health, CareJourney, and CARIN Alliance recently launched a new health IT tool designed to offer users an easier way to request EHR patient data. A team of health IT developers and organizations...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

by Kate Monica

With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in...

Geisinger, Merck Partner to Launch EHR-Integrated FHIR Apps

by Kate Monica

Geisinger Health System and Merck have partnered to launch two new EHR-integrated, web-based health IT tools that leverage FHIR to utilize health data from a variety of EHR systems from different vendors. The two applications were...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

by Kate Monica

Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

CHIME Outlines Top Health IT Innovation Priorities for HHS

by Kate Monica

Promoting clinician engagement in health IT design, improving patient identification, and closing the digital divide should be primary areas of focus for a new HHS health IT innovation and investment workgroup, according to the College of...

HealthSteps Wins AMA, Google Health IT Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

HealthSteps won first place and $25,000 Google Cloud credits as part of Google and AMA’s health IT innovation challenge for its mobile health platform enabling health data exchange and access between patients and providers. The...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

UCHealth Innovation Center to Advance Clinical Decision Support, AI

by Kate Monica

A new innovation center at Aurora-based University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will support health IT innovation to improve clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics, as well as advancements in virtual...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

by Kate Monica

Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to...

HHS Takes First Step to Spur Health IT Innovation, Investment

by Kate Monica

With many physicians and healthcare industry leaders raising complaints about the slow pace of health IT innovation, HHS is looking for new ways to drum up competition, funding, and ideas necessary for accelerated improvements. In a...

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