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APIs Boost Health Information Exchange

APIs Boost Health Information Exchange | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

No matter how innovative the personal health records (PHRs) or electronic health records (EHRs) become, given the highly fragmented and specialized US healthcare system they still need to exchange data in a secure way that preserves privacy and trust. That is the goal of health information exchange (HIE).



The key HIE technical challenges are easily understood. Parts of a patient's clinical data will often be stored in many EHRs. For a patient with four, five, or more chronic diseases (these drive half of all Medicare costs) research shows that this will typically exceed 10 EHR implementations from multiple vendors! A conscientious provider seeing such a patient would want a comprehensive view of all of this care in order to save time collecting information that already exists, avoid duplicating tests and procedures that have already been done, and prevent mistakes from lack of information.



Historically, there have been two attempted solutions: 1) store everything centrally and, in essence, create a community record, or 2) keep the data at the source but build central indexes to patients and their medical documents and provide some kind of translation service to bridge differences in the way clinical data is represented across EHRs. This is the so-called hybrid exchange.


More recently there is Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), which is essentially based on the idea that healthcare information can be exchanged the same way that other information is shared on the Internet. If you've used Amazon to look for goods to purchase, you might have noticed that, up there in the URL, text appears when you click the search button that specifies what you want. Although it might be a bit cryptic, even a non-technical person can usually figure out most of what it says.


What's really going on here? You're at your computer (which, of course, these days might be a mobile device such as a smartphone), and the information you want is securely stored in, for example, Amazon's cloud. You specify what you want, and your browser creates a query and sends it to the cloud, where it might be routed to any one of thousands of Amazon servers that will interpret it, query a database, and return the information you requested. This ability to route requests to any server in the cloud that is available is another key technical property that lowers costs and is exploited in FHIR.


As with Direct, there is more to the story than I've described (technically inclined readers should read the FHIR Summary, which is also available as a two-page PDF). But this should suffice to give you the basic idea of what is increasingly termed "API-based HIE."


more at http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/electronic-health-records/free-the-data-apis-boost-health-information-exchange/d/d-id/1113579




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APIs are the way forward for so many aspects of digital content.  Combine these with patient info and it's a powerful opportunity for real innovation in care.

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$117 Billion Market For Internet of Things In Healthcare By 2020

$117 Billion Market For Internet of Things In Healthcare By 2020 | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
According to a new report from MarketResearch.com, the healthcare Internet of Things market segment is poised to hit $117 billion by 2020. Depending on the company talking about it, you will hear different terms: Internet of Things (abbreviated IoT by many companies), Internet of Everything (Cisco), or the Industrial Internet [...]
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Sensors  and devices that are enabled by the cloud.

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Healthcare kiosk - Rite Aid names new chief information officer - Drug Store News

Healthcare kiosk - Rite Aid names new chief information officer - Drug Store News | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Rite Aid on Monday named Steve Rempel, long-time information technology veteran, to SVP and chief information officer.
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Before joining Rite Aid, Rempel served as chief information officer, president and CEO for Lenexa, Kan.,-based Balance Innovations, the leading provider of reconciliation and cash management solutions for the retail industry. During his tenure at Balance Innovations, he had oversight for the company's technology strategy and provided strategic, financial and operational direction.

 
Rempel began his career at Safeway, one of the nation's largest food and drug retailers. During his 35 years at Safeway, Rempel held a variety of information technology positions with increasing responsibility. Serving as the organization's group VP of application development, he had enterprise-wide responsibility for all elements of the information technology applications process, including design, development, procurement, development and support.
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IBM Employs Watson Capabilities Into Healthcare Analytics

IBM Employs Watson Capabilities Into Healthcare Analytics | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, IBM (NYSE:IBM) launched the Watson Health business initiative that will harness IBM Watson's superior computing skills for the fields of healthcare and life sciences. This new initiative has the potential n
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  • IBM announced a new initiative to combine its Watson computing capabilities with its bug data analytics experience.
  • The new business unit already announced two new strategic partnerships for the diabetes market and pre/post-operative patient care.
  • The revenue potential from the new healthcare unit is significant and can go up to $3B a year.
  • While this initiative alone is not a buy signal for IBM stock, it is a step in the right direction.


IBM will bring a large number of employees to this new business unit, and will employ 2,000 researchers, consultants, and computer engineers in the first phase. These individuals will move from other equivalent business units.


In the second phase, IBM will integrate acquired life sciences companies (Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel are the first ones) into this new group to create a healthcare analytics giant. By comparison, leading healthcare software provider Veeva (NYSE:VEEV) employs fewer than 1,000 people, and data analytics specialist Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK) and Tableau employ 1,400 and 1,940 people (respectively) in all sectors....

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Healthcare startup Oscar's value soars to $1.5B

Healthcare startup Oscar's value soars to $1.5B | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
A year and a half in operation — and a billion and a half dollars in valuation. That’s the boast coming from Oscar, the New York-based healthcare startup, which has just raised $145 million in a fu...
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Oscar’s site and mobile app offer drop-down menus, maps and search engines that allow patients to find doctors to treat symptoms and survey prices before booking an appointment.


Unlike rival doctor-finder services, Oscar is a licensed New York State health insurer. Its health plans start at $342 a month with an annual deductible of $6,600. A premium package at $572 a month has a $1,000 deductible.


Free perks include generic drugs, flu shots and phone calls with doctors.


In the coming months, Oscar will roll out services in states including California and Texas, according to sources close to the company. Within a year to 16 months, Oscar aims to add corporations to its client list.

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Medicare overpaid hospitals at least $2.6 billion

Medicare overpaid hospitals at least $2.6 billion | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
The Medicare program overpaid hospitals $2.6 billion for the treatment of critically ill patients between 2010 and 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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The overpayments are tied to overestimates of the hospitals' costs in treating what are known as outlier patients, those who are so ill that their care does not typically correspond to the norm, according to the newspaper.

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Epic, Carequality Challenge CommonWell on EHR Interoperability

Epic, Carequality Challenge CommonWell on EHR Interoperability | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Can the Carequality network, newly announced at HIMSS15, and the CommonWell Health Alliance work together towards EHR interoperability?
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At HIMSS15 today, Epic Systems and a number of partners including Healtheway, Surescripts, and Kaiser Permanente announced the rollout of Carequality, a health data interoperability framework intended to connect disparate health information exchange networks.


Some organizations, like Greenway Health, are attempting to bridge the divide and possibly cool down the rhetoric.  The health IT vendor is on the founding membership list of both CommonWell and Carequality, and may be an interesting test case to see if the two coalitions can play nice, and how organizations putting effort into both strategies can win or lose the loyalty game.

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Humetrix to unveil hypertension app at HIMSS15

Humetrix to unveil hypertension app at HIMSS15 | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
The software, dubbed Tensio, integrates with Apple HealthKit and related devices to enable patients to be more effective partners in their own care.
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UCLA Health to integrate genomic data into EHR in pilot

UCLA Health to integrate genomic data into EHR in pilot | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

UCLA Health will soon begin a pilot project with Seattle-based startup ActX that will integrate genomic patient data into its Epic EHR system, with the eventual intent of applying precision medicine to a large-scale patient base...


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Tablet kiosk - PatientPoint® Delivers Examination Room Tablet to Primary Care Market, Offering Personalized Content at High-Impact Point of Care

Tablet kiosk - PatientPoint® Delivers Examination Room Tablet to Primary Care Market, Offering Personalized Content at High-Impact Point of Care | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
PatientPoint today announced the release of PatientPoint Engage—Primary Care Exam Room Tablet Program, the first examination room tablet designe
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White House Plan to Fight Superbugs Promotes Drug Research

White House Plan to Fight Superbugs Promotes Drug Research | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

The Obama administration released a plan Friday to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the wake of a deadly outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital in Feb

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The plan seeks to reduce the rates of “superbug” infections in the next five years by limiting overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, according to a White House fact sheet. The federal government will invest in new antibiotic research and require hospitals to increase infection controls.

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STANLEY Healthcare Partners with Connexient to Add MediNav™ Indoor Navigation and Digital Wayfinding Solution to its Portfolio

STANLEY Healthcare Partners with Connexient to Add MediNav™ Indoor Navigation and Digital Wayfinding Solution to its Portfolio | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
WALTHAM, Mass. and NEW YORK, April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- STANLEY Healthcare, the KLAS Category Leader for...
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The addition of Connexient's MediNav solution to STANLEY Healthcare's portfolio provides hospitals and health systems with yet another tool to manage the flow of patients and people in the facility. MediNav Navigator v. 2.0 provides a door-to-door approach to wayfinding, and location-services that solves real world problems for patients, visitors and staff; and can be integrated with EHR appointment scheduling systems to reduce missed or late appointments and drive a personalized patient experience.

  1. The patient receives a HIPAA-compliant SMS appointment reminder, with a link to the MediNav mobile application.
  2. MediNav securely displays appointment details, along with a recommended parking garage based on the interior location of the appointment, and turn-by-turn driving directions.
  3. At the parking garage, the patient can save the parking spot location for easy navigation back to their vehicle after the appointment.
  4. A Welcome screen then offers the patient e-Check-in options and turn-by-turn indoor navigation to their appointment. At the same time, hospital staff is notified of the patient's arrival.
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At HIMSS next week see new Antimicrobial Copper and UV Lighting at CTS Booth 3489

At HIMSS next week see new Antimicrobial Copper and UV Lighting at CTS Booth 3489 | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Come see CTS in Chicago at HIMSS demonstrate entire line of patient check-in kiosk services as well as new antimicrobial and antibacterial finishes.
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New at HIMSS 2015 CTS will be displaying and demonstrating a new range of latest technology antibacterial and antimicrobial technology and finishes! Onsite demos Include bactericidal patented copper alloy and/or antimicrobial UV light. Fill out the form below to schedule or call (262) 437-8080

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Boston Children’s emerges from 4-day shutdown of electronic medical records - The Boston Globe

Boston Children’s emerges from 4-day shutdown of electronic medical records - The Boston Globe | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Boston Children’s Hospital was returning to 21st century normality Wednesday after several days functioning without a mainstay of modern medicine -- its electronic records system.
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Americans wish Congress, Administration would turn their attention to Rx drugs

Americans wish Congress, Administration would turn their attention to Rx drugs | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
With the Affordable Care Act hitting its five year birthday and the second open enrollment period nearly finished, Americans are turning their attention and wishes for Congress and the Obama administration to a focus on prescription drugs.
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A non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Tuesday found that when asked about many different aspects of health care delivery and the health care system, the issue that comes out on top for Democrats, Republicans and independents is making sure high-cost drugs for chronic conditions – such as HIV, hepatitis, mental illness and cancer – are affordable to those who need them, with three-quarters of the public (76%) saying this is a top priority.

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Here's how much money doctors actually make

Here's how much money doctors actually make | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

Medscape, a subsidiary of the medical information website WebMD, has released its 2015 Physician Compensation Report. The data in the report come from more than 19,500 doctors in 26 specialties who responded to Medscape's annual survey with information on their compensation for 2014.

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HIMSS conference: Robots, wearables and the future of healthcare

HIMSS conference: Robots, wearables and the future of healthcare | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Investors, entrepreneurs and physicians at HIMSS tried to see the future through a stethoscope.
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Telehealth was a big factor. Also what to do with patient generated data.


“The ‘quantified self’ movement has created millions and billions of data points around consumer health that just didn’t exist a while ago,“ he said. “I think we’re finding that as consumers are becoming more influential in the healthcare system, a lot of the traditional B2B players in the markets — whether that’s providers or insurance carriers — need to have a much more consumer-facing orientation.”


Meanwhile, Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, is having success with self-serve check-in kiosks, said Theresa Meadows, the hospital and clinic system’s senior vice president and CIO, at another session. Users are cutting the time they spend in registration and are paying their fees on the spot, she said.


“Why shouldn’t the hospital be like that? Why shouldn’t you be able to register for your appointment online, show up to your organization, check in, pay your fee, and then go straight to the appointment?” she asked.

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Healthcare: The Biggest Front in the Coming Jobs War

Healthcare: The Biggest Front in the Coming Jobs War | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
The Chairman of Gallup, Jim Clifton, made a strong case that we’re in World War III in his book The Coming Jobs War. Just as the previous wars impacted which countries would lead the world in prosperity, the “war” we are in will dictate the communities that get the lion’s share of the [...]
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251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.
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The surveys are provided to a random sampling of patients within two days after they have been discharged from a hospital and must be completed within 42 days. This first round of ratings looks at patient responses gathered between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

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eClinicalWorks and Epic Live with Interoperability between Systems Using Carequality Framework

eClinicalWorks and Epic Live with Interoperability between Systems Using Carequality Framework | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

Together, the two companies’ patient record exchange networks represent over 1,000 hospitals and 40,000 clinics that are ready to connect.

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Epic and eClinicalWorks are two of seventy organizations that joined Carequality to simplify inter-network connections and reliably accelerate national data sharing for the benefit of healthcare providers, their patients, payers and employers. State and regional HIEs, vendor-based networks, and large integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are all participating in Carequality. Epic and eClinicalWorks’ connection is currently being piloted with Minnesota’s Entira Family Clinics, which utilizes eClinicalWorks’ EHR, and HealthEast Hospital, using Epic’s EHR. Information from both systems is currently accessed on-demand and in real-time with data added into the patient’s progress note within the EHR, making this content part of the ongoing record.


“We provide our patients with the best care possible, necessitating information from all of their care givers,” said Dr. David Thorson of Entira Family Clinics. “Many of our patients are also seen by doctors at HealthEast Hospital, which could have created challenges due to different systems. Instead, we have a seamless view into our patients’ care, regardless of where it occurred. Knowing that eClinicalWorks and Epic, the technology partners for our organizations, have made interoperability a priority is one of the reasons we selected them.”

With the rapid rise of EHR adoption in recent years, industry focus has shifted to interoperability between systems, which allows for better transmission of data related to the care of a patient. eClinicalWorks and Epic have established the ease of securely exchanging patient records under the Carequality framework. Attendees at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition can learn more at the eClinicalWorks booth (#3413) and Epic booth (#1268).


“We are pleased to work with both eClinicalWorks and interested clinical organizations like Entira and HealthEast to further the cause of coordinated care through open, standards based interoperability,” said Carl Dvorak, President of Epic. “By collaborating together with organizations like HealtheWay and Carequality, we can ensure that where ever a patient receives care, they can securely provide their clinicians direct access to their records without concern that their data might be used for other purposes.”

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Healthcare EHR - How Allscripts ended up with an $9.75M class action settlement

Healthcare EHR - How Allscripts ended up with an $9.75M class action settlement | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
The company's quest to create EHR integration solutions was fraught with complications.
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sasaaIn a nutshell, the lawsuit states, "product integration was far from easy and was never accomplished during the Class Period, leading to customer defections, disappointing financial results and the eventual abandonment of products."

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mHealth startup launches clinician, patient communication apps as patient portal substitute

mHealth startup launches clinician, patient communication apps as patient portal substitute | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it

A new mobile health business called HealthGrid has developed a pair of mobile collaboration apps it claims meet the criteria set down for Meaningful Use Stage 2, according to a...


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Obamar Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Obamar Plan to Combat and Prevent Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Antibiotics save millions of lives every year. Today, however, the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is undermining the effectiveness of current antibiotics and our ability to treat and prevent disease.
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Meet iPatiientCare, Inc. at HIMSS15 | Booth #2941

Meet iPatiientCare, Inc. at HIMSS15 | Booth #2941 | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Meet iPatiientCare, Inc. at HIMSS15 | Booth #2941 | Chicago, IL - Description
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You will also get the opportunities to learn more about -

  • Enhanced iPatientCare EHR System Ready for Chronic Care Management
  • Patient Engagement Suite founded on the concepts of Wellness and Chronic Care Management 
  • iPatientCare Clinically-driven Billing & Revenue Cycle Management Services 
  • iPatientCare ICD-10 Ready EHR & Dual Code system 
  • Demonstration- iPatientCare EHR’s connectivity to Health Information Exchange using both IHE-Community and IHE-Direct protocols 
  • Enhanced Patient Experience of Self-Service Check-in at Physicians’ Offices by Deploying Patient Kiosk
  • iPatientCare EHR special features of ePrescribing of Controlled Substances and Medications History 

 and lot more!

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Meditech hires Durham's Validic to integrate health data - Triangle Business Journal

Meditech hires Durham's Validic to integrate health data - Triangle Business Journal | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Electronic health record giant Meditech has hired Durham’s Validic to integrate mobile health data into its EHR, patient portals and wellness programs.
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CTS Exhibiting New Antimicrobial and Bactericidal Patient Kiosk Technology at HIMSS Chicago

CTS Exhibiting New Antimicrobial and Bactericidal Patient Kiosk Technology at HIMSS Chicago | Healthcare Patient Check-In | Scoop.it
Menomonee Falls, WI (PRWEB) April 03, 2015 -- New at HIMSS CTS will be displaying and demonstrating a new range of latest technology antibacterial and antimicrobial technology and finishes including copper and UV lighting.
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Preview of CTS at HIMSS 2015 including new copper and UV light technology.

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