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Burgess Bill Addresses Interoperability, the Leading Health IT Issue in the US

Health care reformers around the country should be jumping up to thank Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), an MD who is working with his staff to write a bill to promote Health IT interoperability. Readers of Open Health News probably know that interoperability--in simple terms, the ability of any authorized user to read a medical record from any source--has emerged as one of the two top burning issues of health IT, the other one being the lack of usability of proprietary/lock-in electronic health records (EHRs).

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Cabinet Office Seals Open Data Plans

Chris Thorne | eHealth Insider | June 29, 2013

The Cabinet Office has released an open data white paper and relaunched its flagship data portal - which includes new health datasets - as it aims to deliver a “21st century democracy.” Read More »

careMESH to Participate in the CMS Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability Program

Press Release | careMESH | February 8, 2019

careMESH®, the only service provider that guarantees 100% digital delivery of referrals and care transitions to any healthcare organization nationwide, announced today that it has joined the Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) program of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)...Under the program, careMESH will partner with a hospital to leverage its existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to deliver digital referrals and care transitions to post-acute healthcare providers. Receiving clinicians will be able to reply to the sender, save patient records to their own EHR, and close referral loops through automated workflow tools. This allows both the hospital and the receiving providers they interact with to...

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CareSet Systems Announces New Data Science Products to Aid Drug Launches

Press Release | Careset Systems | October 19, 2016

CareSet Systems today introduced four new dynamic data science products to aid new drug launches. CareSet is the only company that offers 100% of Medicare A, B, and D claims data over six years to guide the introduction of new drugs and currently serves several big pharmaceutical companies with customized data science products derived from Medicare data. “During the last 3 months, our team has spoken with countless people across the pharmaceuticals industry to understand the unmet needs that 100% Medicare claims analysis can address,” says CareSet Systems CEO, Laura Shapland.

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CGI, Marand and Apperta in Partnership to Deliver OPENeP Across the NHS

Press Release | Apperta, CGI, Marand | August 22, 2016

Apperta, in partnership with CGI and Marand are pleased to announce OPENeP - an Open-Source medication management product developed by Marand, in collaboration with the NHS and supported by CGI’s expertise in the integration and implementation of health IT systems. OPENeP is a comprehensive, user-friendly and innovative medication management product built on the Think!EHR Platform, based on open standards (openEHR) and developed with a vision to completely replace time-consuming and error prone manual paper based prescribing and medication administration processes...

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CIS Mobile

Headquartered in the United States, CIS mobile has a mission to address Government needs for a modern, convenient, and secure mobility platform. The altOS platform is American-made, and the U.S. source code is available to our customers for review. Read More »

CIS Mobile Announces altOS on Pixel 4a Smartphones

Press Release | CIS Mobile | December 9, 2020

CIS Mobile, an Acorn Growth Company and a mobile security leader, announced the availability of altOS on the Pixel 4a smartphone. By combining the latest Pixel hardware and our altOS secure mobility platform, government customers now can protect sensitive data while using the latest high-performance smartphone. CIS Mobile’s altOS is a security-enhanced Android operating system designed with the extra management, security, and privacy features needed for sensitive government use cases, and used by multiple government intelligence and defense agencies.

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CIS Mobile Announces Major Update to the altOS Platform

Press Release | CIS Mobile | September 9, 2020

CIS Mobile, a leader in mobile security, today announced the release of altOS 10. This new major release adds significant security, management, and control features for sensitive government user cases and updates the altOS operating system to Android 10. In addition to the new privacy features incorporated into Android 10, this major update to the altOS platform includes...Secure Mode upgrades. Secure Mode enables altOS devices to dynamically control access to peripherals that might be used to exfiltrate data from sensitive government sites, or that could reveal sensitive location data to a foreign adversary.

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Coalescing Interest in Geospatial Standards for Health Domain

During the recent OGC Health DWG meeting, participants supported advancing the HL7 – OGC Statement of Underst...The OGC geospatial standards are expected to enrich health information. Guest presenters provided insight on potential alignment of OGC Health DWG activities with health domain requirements for standardization and interoperability.

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Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence Part of VA $22 Million Clinical Decision Support Initiative

Press Release | Cognitive Medical Systems | April 19, 2017

Cognitive Medical Systems, a specialist in standards-based Clinical Decision Support (CDS) software and healthcare IT infrastructure, and Motive Medical Intelligence, a leading provider of evidence-based clinical workflows, today announced that it will be a part of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s $22 million initiative. The companies will work with prime contractor B3 Group on the one-year agreement to help the VA’s Office of Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) implement Clinical Decision Support (CDS) technology within electronic health records (EHRs)...

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Cognitive Medical Systems To Present Standards-Based Clinical Decision Support Capabilities Demo At HIMSS16

Press Release | Cognitive Medical Systems | February 22, 2016

Cognitive Medical Systems, a specialist in standards-based clinical decision support (CDS) software and healthcare IT infrastructure, announced today that it will present a CDS capabilities demonstration at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2016 (HIMSS16) Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, Feb. 29-March 3. Working in collaboration with the University of Utah, Health Samurai, and the Regenstrief Institute, Cognitive will illustrate how organizations at the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) are working to define standards-based, interoperable architecture enabling advanced CDS functionality.

Colectica Releases Open Source Blaise to DDI Metadata Converter

Press Release | Colectica®, Metadata Technology North America Inc. | June 29, 2012

Colectica is proud to announce the launch of new open source metadata converter project hosted on GitHub. The first released component of the project is a Blaise survey system to Data Documentation Initiative (DDI-Lifecycle) converter. The Blaise to DDI utlity can produce standardized metadata documentation about the questions, codelists, and survey flow contained in a Blaise survey. Read More »

Data Management for Large-scale COVID-19 Immunization: This is all not as simple as it seems

There is a global race for the development of a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Finding a vaccine that works and receives approval is only part of the process. There are a series of other steps that need to be taken so that the vaccine can be delivered. These include the mass production of the vaccine, shipment, administration and record-keeping. This may be even more complex as there may be several vaccines. In this article we review some of these issues with a particular focus on the United States.

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Dedicated Engineering Team in South Africa Deploys Open Source Tools, Save Lives

In 2006, a groundbreaking TED talk used statistics to reveal surprising insights about the developing world, including how many people in South Africa have HIV despite free and available anti-retroviral drugs. Gustav Praekelt, founder of Praekelt.org, heard this TED talk and began tenaciously calling a local hospital to convince them to start an SMS program that would promote anti-retrovirals. The program that resulted from those calls became txtAlert—a successful and widely recognized mobile health program that dramatically improves medical appointment adherence and creates a free channel for patients to communicate with the hospital...

Defining An Open Platform for Health IT

It is widely agreed that the future of digital health lies in an “Open Platform”. However, it’s not clear as to exactly what an Open Platform is or how we get there. This blog aims to answer the first question and to provide some guidance on the second. While any given instance of an Open Platform will be a specific implementation of a set of software components owned and operated by a particular organisation (this might be a health and social care organisation or a third party, operating the platform on behalf of a local health and care community), it is most usefully defined by a set of principles rather than the specific details of a particular implementation.

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