News Clips

How the NHIT Care Campaign is aiding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Erin Dietsche | MedCity News | October 20, 2017

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm brought down the island’s electrical grid, leaving individuals without power, running water and medical care. That’s why the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved launched the NHIT Care Campaign, an initiative aimed at helping Puerto Rico’s Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Read More »

Humetrix Demos SOS QR Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Mobile Platform at FCC Accessibility Innovations Expo

Press Release | Humetrix | October 20, 2017

Humetrix, developer of the award-winning SOS QR emergency mobile platform, last year’s recipient of the FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (AAA), is honored to participate in this year’s FCC Accessibility Innovation Expo taking place on October 23 in Washington, DC. The Humetrix SOS QR technology has won multiple innovation awards since its first launch in 2014 being recognized by the White House as an innovative technology for disaster preparedness, winning the NHS TestBed competition last year, and the 2016 FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility.

Read More »

Amazon, PwC join campaign to bring open-source EMR to Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria

Jessica Kim Cohen | Becker's Health IT and CIO Review | October 17, 2017

The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, a public-private partnership founded in 2008, launched the NHIT Care Campaign to bring healthcare resources to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The two-phase campaign, rolled out with guidance from PwC and other supporting partners, aims to provide emergency medical response tools, supply chain management and technology infrastructure to Puerto Rico's 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers and 85 affiliated health centers.

Read More »

SimplyVital Health Partners With Toro Risk Consulting Group On Transformational Blockchain Healthcare Technology

Press Release | SimplyVital Health | October 17, 2017

SimplyVital Health (SVH) and Toro Risk Consulting Group, LLC (Toro) have announced an affiliation that brings the transformational healthcare technology of SVH together with the marketing, legal, and risk expertise of Toro. Toro recognized early on the potential that SVH's pioneering platform has to help providers transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare. New value-based payment models, such as bundled payments, allow providers to realize savings if they can decrease the average cost of patient care...

Read More »

Zoeticx Streamlines Healthcare System Connectivity for Government and Private Insurers Covering Annual Wellness Visits

Press Release | Zoeticx | October 16, 2017

Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, announced today it has launched ProVizion Wellness, a cloud application that streamlines data integration for Annual Wellness Visits (AWV) covered by CMS and private insurers. Hospital systems and other healthcare facilities will benefit by offering this service and creating new revenue centers through reimbursements by government and private insurers.

Read More »

ONC Wants Help Exploring FHIR-based Servers and Their Vulnerabilities

Carten Cordell | FedScoop | October 16, 2017

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is capitalizing on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to explore how to build secure, interoperable servers for sharing electronic health information, and it wants some help from the public. ONC officials have launched the Secure API Server Showdown Challenge to industry stakeholders to build Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR, servers that are deemed secure under current industry standards and then see if they can be hacked...

Read More »

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Releases Open-Source Software to Support Efforts that Expand Access to Financial Services in Developing Countries

Press Release | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | October 16, 2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today released a new open-source software for creating payment platforms that will help unbanked people around the world access digital financial services. The software is designed to provide a reference model for payment interoperability between banks and other providers across a country’s economy. It is available now, free-of-cost, for software developers to adapt and banks, financial service providers and companies to implement. Information on the code can be found at mojaloop.io...

National Rosacea Society Awards New Grants for Open Medical Research

Press Release | National Rosacea Society | October 16, 2017

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) announced it has awarded funding for three new studies, in addition to continuing support for three ongoing studies, as part of its research grants program to increase knowledge and understanding of the causes and other key aspects of rosacea that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention or potential cure...Dr. Benjamin Kaffenberger, assistant professor of dermatology at the Ohio State University, and colleagues were awarded $25,000 to develop a computer program for a rosacea scoring system that will identify and count rosacea lesions and measure redness to provide reliably reproducible scores for physicians and patients...

The Storm Has Passed, But Puerto Rico’s Health Faces Prolonged Recovery

Carmen Heredia Rodriguez and Rachel Bluth | Kaiser Health News | October 16, 2017

As President Donald Trump signals impatience to wind down emergency aid to Puerto Rico, the challenges wrought by Hurricane Maria to the health of Puerto Ricans and the island’s fragile health system are in many ways just beginning. Three weeks after that direct hit, nearly four dozen deaths are associated with the storm. But the true toll on Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents is likely to involve sickness and loss of life that will only become apparent in the coming months and in indirect ways...

Read More »

Open Source NHIT/EHR Team to the Rescue in Puerto Rico

Darius Tahir and Arthur Allen | Politico | October 16, 2017

This week, a collaboration of private sector companies, the government, and not-for-profits hopes to deliver an EHR system to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, project leader Luis Belen told Morning eHealth's Darius Tahir. Belen, CEO of the non-profit, D.C-based National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, has been personally touched by the disaster: two of his aunts died because of the storm. The organization is coordinating with teams from HHS to bring a package of satellite phones, pre-loaded laptops, Amazon cloud storage, and an open-source software, OpenEMR+.

Read More »

U.S. Trying to Find More Doctors to Send to Disaster Areas

Melanie Evans | The Wall Street Journal | October 14, 2017

A U.S. government program that sends doctors and nurses to disaster zones says it needs more health-care workers, as relief efforts during this hurricane season are near the end of a second month with no end in sight in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The National Disaster Medical System, which recently wrapped up big deployments to hurricane-ravaged areas in Texas and Florida, says it will start recruiting more medical professionals in the next few weeks...

Read More »

This Is What Californians Really Needed During the Fires

Breena Kerr | CNN | October 12, 2017

Before daybreak on Monday, at 6 a.m., my phone was alight with texts and phone calls -- hours after some had been chased from their homes by flames. I woke up bleary-eyed and answered the latest call. "It's gone," my cousin said, her voice drained by shock, "It's all gone." As a reporter, I've chased more tragedies than I can count. Mass shootings, murders, suicides, fallen trees, car accidents — you name it. I drove into them, ran into them, knocked on their doors, called them on the phone. But this week, the tragedy came to me. By that morning, Santa Rosa was in flames, along with other parts of Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa and Solano counties. By late Monday morning, hordes of people in packed cars were headed north, many with no certainty where they were going...

Read More »

HLN Releases v 1.9.1.0 of its Open Source Immunization Forecaster

Press Release | HLN Consulting | October 11, 2017

HLN Consulting has released a new version of the award winning Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a service-oriented, standards-based immunization forecasting software system that evaluates a patient's immunization history and generates the appropriate immunization recommendations. ICE can be used in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems...

Read More »

eClinicalWorks Announces the Support of Patient Access to Physician Notes Through OpenNotes

Press Release | eClinicalWorks | October 10, 2017

eClinicalWorks®, a leader in healthcare IT solutions, today announced that it now supports OpenNotes, an international movement dedicated to making healthcare more open and transparent. The news supports enabling clinicians to easily share visit notes with patients using the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal. More than 130,000 providers using eClinicalWorks will now have the ability to share notes with their patients, with the goal of building stronger patient-provider relationships and empowering them to take control and be more confident in their healthcare decisions...

Read More »

Elsevier Donates Unified Data Model to The Pistoia Alliance

Press Release | Elsevier, Pistoia Alliance | October 10, 2017

Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has announced it is donating its Unified Data Model (UDM) to The Pistoia Alliance, a global, not-for-profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D. The UDM is an XML file format originally developed by Elsevier to improve the upload of external data sets into its tools. It will now be developed and extended under the stewardship of The Pistoia Alliance, with the ultimate aim of publishing an open and freely available format for the storage and exchange of drug discovery data. The UDM will become a common model allowing data to be easily shared and integrated between parties. This will greatly accelerate drug discovery research and overcome a shared barrier to collaboration...