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Diagnostic Errors Top ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Concerns for 2018

Press Release | ECRI Institute | March 12, 2018

ECRI Institute names diagnostic errors the number one concern on its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Each year, approximately 1 in 20 adults experiences a diagnostic error, according to published studies. These errors and delays can lead to care gaps, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and patient harm. “Diagnostic errors are not only common, but they can have serious consequences," says Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, patient safety analyst, ECRI Institute. "A lot of hospital deaths that were attributed to the normal course of disease may have been the result of diagnostic error."
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'We took a broken system and just broke it completely’

Arthur Allen | Politico | March 8, 2018

President Donald Trump last year hailed a multibillion-dollar initiative to create a seamless digital health system for active duty military and the VA that he said would deliver “faster, better, and far better quality care.” But the military’s $4.3 billion Cerner medical record system has utterly failed to achieve those goals at the first hospitals that went online. Instead, technical glitches and poor training have caused dangerous errors and reduced the number of patients who can be treated, according to interviews with more than 25 military and Veterans Affairs health IT specialists and doctors, including six who work at the four Pacific Northwest military medical facilities that rolled out the software over the past year. 

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VA Announces Launch of 'Lighthouse Lab' at HIMSS18 Conference

Press Release | US Department of Veterans Affairs | March 7, 2018

...the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the launch of a “beta” version of its Lighthouse Lab, a computer platform offering software developers access to tools for creating mobile and web applications that will help Veterans better manage their care, services and benefits....Considered the “front door” to VA’s vast data stores, Lighthouse is the department’s application programming interface (API) management platform, and functions similar to a waiter’s role in a restaurant — the critical link communicating orders to the “kitchen.” For VA, the kitchen is the system that will prepare the order then deliver it back to the waiter, or API.

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Seema Verma's speech at HIMSS18: Making the patient the center of our health care system

Press Release | CMS | March 6, 2018

I’ve always been struck by how seldom the patient is mentioned in discussions around value-based care. Let me be clear, we will not achieve value-based care until we put the patient at the center of our healthcare system. Until patients can make their own decisions based on quality and value health care costs will continue to grow at an unsustainable rate. This administration is dedicated to putting patients first, to be empowered consumers of health care that have the information they need to be engaged and active decision-makers in their care. Through this empowerment, there will be a competitive advantage for providers that deliver coordinated, quality care, at the best value, to attract patients who are shopping for value.

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Trump Administration Announces MyHealthEData Initiative at HIMSS18

Press Release | CMS | March 6, 2018

CMS is committed to putting patients first, and that’s why we approach issues with healthcare data from the patient perspective. We must move to a system in which patients have control of their healthcare information in order to empower patients to make informed decisions about their health and care. By ensuring patients have access to their full healthcare records and can take it with them from doctor to doctor, provider to provider, we will increase competition and reduce costs.

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Humetrix to Unveil Medicare Blue Button FHIR API Enabled iBlueButton Mobile Platform at HIMSS18

Press Release | Humetrix | March 1, 2018

At HIMSS March 5-8, Humetrix is proud to be part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Blue Button® API program launch to enable Medicare beneficiaries to connect their Medicare claims data to the applications, services, and research programs they trust. Three-time award winner of the ONC Investing in Innovation competition for Blue Button, Humetrix has been a fierce advocate and a Blue Button technology industry leader from the start, providing Veterans, TRICARE and Medicare beneficiaries mobile access to their Blue Button data with the iBlueButton mobile platform.

DXC Technology Unveils DXC Open Health Connect Platform Globally to Create a Connected Ecosystem for Better Healthcare Outcomes

Press Release | DXC Technology | February 28, 2018

DXC Technology...today announced DXC Open Health Connect, a digital health platform that enables healthcare providers to give better quality of care and patient outcomes by enabling interoperability between disparate environments to provide data when and where it’s needed across the healthcare system...A connected healthcare ecosystem — including integrated delivery networks, accurate patient data and increased access to information — is essential to lowering costs, improving care quality and boosting patient outcomes. DXC’s agile, cloud-based DXC Open Health Connect enterprise platform delivers the necessary tools and blueprints to healthcare providers and payers to quickly and securely integrate and flow data across the healthcare network.

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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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Medical Devices Summit 2018 Gathers top Experts

Press Release | Opel Group | January 26, 2018

Opal Group, a global conference organizer that caters to top executives and influencers, will bring together the foremost medical and tech experts for its Medical Devices Summit 2018 on March 26 – 27, 2018.  The two-day premier event will take place at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, located on 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA. “Our Medical Devices Summit has always provided a platform for several of the most important tech and medical names to create deep conversations,” said Michelle Cardinal, Opal Group’s event producer.

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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 »