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RosettaHealth Showcases Power of Community in Breaking Down Health Data Exchange Barriers at HIMSS 2018

Press Release | RosettaHealth | February 22, 2018

RosettaHealth, an innovative and secure, big health data interoperability platform, today announced that it will be hosting a “community” of organizations making true strides in breaking down health data exchange barriers at HIMSS 2018. Joined by HASA, the community HIE for North, South and West Texas, IMAT Solutions, SocialClime and Shatzkin Systems in HIMSS Booth #11418, RosettaHealth will showcase how it takes a diverse cast of HIEs, vendors, and startups to make health data exchange truly work. “It’s no secret that breaking down the barriers of health data interoperability is a major challenge in the healthcare arena, which will surely be a major discussion topic at HIMSS 2018,” said Buff Colchagoff, CEO of RosettaHealth. “This HIMSS we’re demonstrating how ubiquitous health data exchange comes to life when you act as a community.”

ONC Selects Noam Arzt to to serve on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force

Press Release | HLN Consulting | February 19, 2018

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has selected Dr. Noam H. Arzt, President of HLN Consulting (HLN), as a member of the Trusted Exchange Framework Task Force. This group of healthcare and health information technology specialists will advise ONC on various aspects of the Draft Trusted Exchange Framework. This framework outlines a common set of principles for trusted exchange of health information records and minimum terms and conditions for trusted exchange as directed by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel On Biodefense Receives $2.5 Million Grant To Reduce Risk of Catastrophic Bioweapon Disease Outbreaks

Press Release | Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense | February 15, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense announced today a $2.5 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project. The grant allows the Panel to continue its leadership role in assessing our nation’s biodefense, issuing recommendations and advocating for their implementation, and identifying viable avenues for needed change to policy. The grant comes amidst heightened global tensions as North Korea and other regimes seek to develop biological weapons. It also arrives on the 100th anniversary of a catastrophic influenza pandemic that took the lives of millions around the world, a stark reminder of the dangers of biological events.

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New Open Source Drug Discovery Project Aims to Develop Mycetoma Treatment

Press Release | ErasmusMC , University of Sydney , DNDi | February 6, 2018

The MycetOS (Mycetoma Open Source) project was launched today by the University of Sydney, Erasmus MC, and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) to use an Open Pharma approach to discover compounds that could lead to new treatments for patients suffering from fungal mycetoma (eumycetoma), a devastating disease for which current treatments are ineffective, expensive, and toxic.

Electronic Health Records: a “Quadruple Win,” a “Quadruple Failure,” or Simply Time for a Reboot?

Michael Hochman | Journal of General Internal Medicine | February 5, 2018

Just a decade ago, when paper charts were commonplace in the USA, it seemed that electronic health records (EHRs) were destined to transform the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery, as well as the care experience for patients and clinicians...The reality over the ensuring years has, to put it mildly, not met expectations. According to a 2014 analysis led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information,2 over 80% of US doctors now use EHRs. Yet, many of the predictions about the benefits of EHRs have yet to materialize to the extent predicted. ..Noteworthy concerns include egregious medical errors resulting from design glitches3, charting templates filled extensively with meaningless boilerplate, the common practice of pasting old notes4 that makes it difficult to know which documentation is “real,” “alert fatigue”5 due to excessive EHR warnings, and even reduced communication among clinical team members.6

 

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MedicaSoft Team at HIMSS18 to Donate to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

Press Release | MedicaSoft | January 29, 2018

MedicaSoft, an innovative health information technology software company, today announced its partnership with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NVCCF) at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS18) to positively impact the community in HIMSS18's host city of Las Vegas. The MedicaSoft team will provide monetary donations to NVCCF for individuals who schedule and view demos at their booth March 6-8, 2018, in lieu of booth giveaways.

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Global Open Source Health IT Project Gets $1 Million Donation From Cryptocurrency Philanthropy

David Raths | Healthcare Informatics | January 19, 2018

OpenMRS, Inc., an open source medical records platform used in developing countries, has received a $1 million donation from the Pineapple Fund, an $86 million cryptocurrency philanthropy created by an anonymous donor known only as “Pine.” Now in its 14th year, OpenMRS is being used in countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, India, China, the United States, Pakistan, and many other places. This work is supported in part by many organizations including international and government aid groups, as well as for-profit and nonprofit corporations. Read More »

Open Health IT Company Receives Investment to Drive Interoperability and Disaster Response

Press Release | Audacious Inquiry (Ai) | January 18, 2018

Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a health information technology (IT) and policy company that delivers bold solutions for connected healthcare, announced today it had received an investment from ABS Capital Partners, a leading late-stage growth company investor. The funding will be used to enhance solution offerings, as well as expand the company's geographic footprint. "Ai seeks to meet the pressing need for connected care across the country, through complementary advisory, systems integration, and software solutions," said Chris Brandt, Managing Partner of Ai. "We look forward to our partnership with ABS Capital as we work to accelerate interoperability across the country to enable better communication, coordination, and care."

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OSEHRA 2018 Open Source Summit Dates Announced

Press Release | OSEHRA | January 12, 2018

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce that it will host its 7th Annual Open Source Summit: The Open Road for Government Innovation from Wednesday, July 18 through Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This year’s three-day Summit will highlight open source initiatives across Federal and State agencies, and the increasing level of public-private partnership in major programs. Read More »

Pineapple Fund Supports Software Freedom Conservancy with Bitcoin Donation

Press Release | Software Freedom Conservancy | January 11, 2018

Software Freedom Conservancy thanks the Pineapple Fund and its anonymous backer for its recent donation of over 18 Bitcoin (approximately $250,000). The Pineapple Fund is run by an early Bitcoin adopter to give about $86 million worth of Bitcoin to various charities. Shortly after the fund’s announcement earlier this month, volunteers and Conservancy staff members applied for its support. That application was granted this week.

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At CES, Humetrix Shows its e-Prescribed Digital Health Technology to Transform Healthcare in the Hands of Consumers

Press Release | Humetrix | January 4, 2018

At CES, Humetrix will demo its suite of mobile health platforms that put consumers around the world in control of their own care. By offering actionable mobile applications that address the complexity of medical care, delivered in multiple settings, and which needs to be personalized, Humetrix places decision-making tools in consumers’ own hands and on their own devices, where they can use it.

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel Recognizes National Security Strategy, Calls for Comprehensive Approach

Press Release | Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense | December 21, 2017

Senator Joseph Lieberman and Governor Tom Ridge, the co-chairs of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, today addressed the newly updated U.S. National Security Strategy and the emphasis it places on combatting biological threats to the country. “With the release of the National Security Strategy, the Administration is sending a strong message to our enemies that America takes the biological threat seriously,” said Sen. Lieberman and Gov. Ridge.

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HHS Announces Winners of the HHS Opioid Code-a-Thon

Press Release | US Department of Health and Human Services | December 8, 2017
 

On December 6 and 7, HHS hosted a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to help turn data into lifesaving solutions to the opioid epidemic. Fifty teams, comprised of three to five members of computer programmers, public health advocates, and innovators worked for over 24 hours to create data-driven solutions that can have immediate and practical impact on the opioid crisis. “HHS’ code-a-thon was a major step forward in the efforts to use data to address the opioid crisis,” said Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan. “The innovative ideas developed today could turn into tomorrow’s solutions as we work to combat the scourge of opioid addiction sweeping the nation. On behalf of the administration, I commend all of our technology partners and the HHS staff for their hard work on this unprecedented event.”

MedicaSoft's ehr.NXT Solution Attains Surescripts® EHR Certifications

Press Release | MedicaSoft | December 8, 2017

MedicaSoft, a next-generation health IT company, announced today that ehr.NXT, its Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution, attained Surescripts certifications for electronic prescribing in six different areas: New Prescriptions, Prescription Renewals, Medication Histories, Prescription Benefits, Prescription Changes, and Prescription Cancellations.

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OpenEMR Stands Up To Hurricane Maria's Fury in Puerto Rico

Press Release | HITECH Compliance, OpenEMR | November 15, 2017

Throughout both Hurricane Maria's initial impact and the rebuilding efforts, Puerto Rico has suffered tremendous infrastructure damage leaving the majority of the islands some 3.4 million people without power, water, communications, and internet access. Despite these challenges, OpenEMR would prove to be vital at multiple healthcare facilities as the island begins the process of rebuilding. During and immediately following the hurricane's devastating wind and rain, the following healthcare providers noted OpenEMR as an essential tool in receiving and assisting a large volume of patients...

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