Lingering obstacles block the path to interoperability 

Acknowledgement of the value of interoperability – and the desire to implement it – are seemingly widespread in healthcare. So why is the industry still so short of achieving it? For many reasons – technology, financial or logistical obstacles, a lack of standardization, fear of new procedures, or data gaps in EHR systems – the[…]

How Will IoT Impact Doctors, Patients, And Pharma?

While the medical and drug industries have seen advanced treatments, research, and diagnostic tools leap ahead of other sectors for the past four decades, the same has not been true when it comes to the way doctors, insurers, pharmaceutical companies interact and connect with patients via their personal technologies.That appears to be changing suddenly across[…]

New FHIR-based genomics API promises to accelerate precision medicine 

Translational Software, a Bellevue, Washington-based developer of clinical decision support tools, has unveiled an application programming interface to help providers, labs and technology vendors to speed development of precision medicine-focused apps.The API, developed using HL7’s open source Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources specification, can query the company’s platform, powered by First Databank, for data on drug-drug-gene[…]

HITRUST, Children’s Health Join to Combat Cyber Threats

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) and Children’s Health, the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, have partnered to launch HITRUST CyberAid–a cyber solution for smaller health care organizations. HITRUST is an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) that regularly engages in cyber risk management, and has evaluated gaps in cybersecurity at smaller[…]

Survey: 9 in 10 large employers will offer telehealth next year

According to a new report from the National Business Group on Health, nine in 10 large employers, in states where telemedicine is legal, will make telehealth services available to their employees next year, up from seven in 10 this year.The group’s annual survey of 133 large employers, who altogether cover more than 15 million Americans,[…]

Apple (AAPL) filed a patent application for a new kind of heart-monitoring wearable 

Apple may be diving deeper into the health-care industry.The company filed a patent application for a wearable device that can measure electrocardiographic (ECG) signals through a series of sensors, according to a filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today (Aug.11). The application leaves the form of the device open ended—it could[…]

Web Tool Reduced Medical Missteps During Hospital-Shift Changes: Study 

It’s 4 p.m., and if you’re a hospital patient, that could be one of the most critical times of the day. Your doctor’s shift just ended, and someone new will take over your care. How these professionals communicate could have major repercussions for your recovery.Those shift changes, also known as handoffs, are prime opportunities for[…]

FBI Agent to CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum: Healthcare Leaders Still Not Up to Speed on Basic IT Security Tasks 

A Nashville-based FBI agent offered a strong dose of reality to healthcare IT professionals attending the CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum Event, being held Monday, August 10 at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee, and co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and its subsidiary association, the Association for Executives[…]

Teladoc plans chronic condition-focused programs by year’s end 

Teladoc plans to launch its first chronic condition management program by the end of the year, CEO Jason Gorevic revealed at a session toward the end of the American Telemedicine Association convention in Minneapolis. “We’re still in the final stages of deciding whether it’s going to be cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” he said. “It’s a tremendous[…]

EHR Adoption Positively Impacts Nurses, Clinical Workflows

To ensure improved nursing clinical workflows, leaders must develop a careful EHR adoption plan. EHR adoption is linked to improved clinical workflows for nursing staffs, helping them to improve the quality of care they provide, new research shows. ehr-adoption-clinical-workflows In a study, led by AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, EdD, RN, a research team measured care quality and[…]