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Six Tips to Stop eDiscovery from Breaking the Bank in Healthcare Record Retention

Harmony Healthcare IT and Warner Norcross & Judd have co-authored a white paper to showcase best practices for healthcare providers to mitigate legal risks, retain required data – especially in the case of system replacement – and build a cross-functional team to define a long-term data management plan that uses technology in a searchable and HIPAA-compliant format. Lowering overall health record retention costs with an eye on information efficiency and compliance are key points covered in the report.

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ONC seeks feedback on draft interoperability standards

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment. It contains updates to the advisory's structure and content based on input from the public and the Health IT Standards Committee.

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IOM report: Teamwork key to reducing medical diagnostic errors

WASHINGTON – Almost every American will experience a medical diagnostic error, but the problem has taken a back seat to other patient safety concerns, an influential panel said in a report out Sept. 22 ... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)

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Modernizing Medicine pulls in $38m Series E for mobile EMR

Healthcare-focused software developer Modernizing Medicine Inc. said today it raised $38 million in Series E financing to fund its cloud-based Electronic Medical Assistant mobile device-based electronic medical record system. The company’s EMA system is designed for specialty-specific EMRs, available on Apple‘s (NSDQ:AAPL) iPad or through the web from any connected device. The system is designed for the dermatology, opthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology and plastic surgery markets, Modernizing Medicine said. The system creates population-level analysis based on de-identified aggregated information, and delivers the information to operating physicians, the company said. “We greatly appreciate the vote of confidence in the future growth of Mo...

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HIMSS Releases its Top Health IT Policy Priorities to Congress

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has listed interoperability, cybersecurity, and telehealth as its three biggest policy priorities for Congress to act on this year.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has listed interoperability, cybersecurity, and telehealth as its three biggest policy priorities for Congress to act on this year.

Under the guidance of the Public Policy Committee, HIMSS staff works closely with key congressional decision-makers, committees, and caucuses to advance improvements in healthcare through the use of IT and management systems. As it does every year, HIMSS releases a list of “Congressional asks” to policymakers. In this year’s list includes:

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Salesforce unwraps platform for post-EHR world

Essentially confirming months of rumors about its intentions to plant a flag in the healthcare market, Salesforce.com has unveiled Health Cloud.

The software-as-a-service suite features what the company calls "patient relationship management" tools – which are technologically distinct from today's crop of electronic health record systems.

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Six Training Tips for a Successful ICD-10 Implementation

In just a few short weeks, the landmark ICD-10 transition that has been anticipated and delayed countless times will arrive on Oct. 1, 2015. The only question left is: is your healthcare provider organization ready?

In just a few short weeks, the landmark ICD-10 transition that has been anticipated and delayed countless times will arrive on Oct. 1, 2015. With it comes the pressure to adopt the new coding system and get everything right so that billing goes through as intended and reimbursement happens without hiccups.

The only question is: is your healthcare provider organization ready?

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Partners HealthCare, Health Catalyst Announce Strategic Collaboration To Improve Patient Care

Partners HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Health Catalyst have established a strategic collaboration aimed at fostering and accelerating the adoption of population health management (PHM) strategies and practices nationally to improve the quality of healthcare and lowering costs while meeting the needs of patients, providers and payors. The $30 million initiative will enable the development and testing of innovative PHM strategies at Partners and, in collaboration with Health Catalyst, facilitate the transfer of the knowledge generated to other healthcare providers. Read More: http://ift.tt/1G3MOCl

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Merge and RAD-AID Team Up to Help Developing Countries

Merge Healthcare today announced a new global collaboration with the nonprofit organization, RAD-AID International, (US Registered 501c3) to bring vital radiology and health information technologies to medically underserved and poor regions of the world. The collaboration—RAD-AID Merge International Imaging Informatics Initiative (RMI4)—leverages Merge’s leadership in radiology information technologies with RAD-AID’s global health outreach network, including 3,500 volunteers, 14 country-outreach programs, 33 university-based chapters and affiliation with the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO).

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Why is Big Data Important to Nurses Part II

Nurses can have a positive influence on the advancement of quality improvements in healthcare. By engaging with professional organizations and industry workgroups and providing feedback to government agencies involved in eCQMs, we can collectively help create a learning health system that delivers value through safe, reliable and quality healthcare.

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Genomic Data in Electronic Health Records

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Integrating the genomic data into EHR systems has been a long cherished dream for many EHR vendors. However, pulling genomic data into EHR is a complex task because of the volume of genomic data and the difficulty in interpretation. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has convened a collaborative called DIGITizE under Dr. Sandy Aronson and Dr. John David Nolen to standardize this integration and to study the privacy, security and scalability issues.

One proposed solution is to let the labs store the raw data and exchange the metadata with EHR systems using the emerging HL7’s FHIR standard. A prototyping work attached an FHIR application protocol interface (API) layer to proprietary sequencing platforms and EHRs in order to expose gene variant data for presentation to the end-user. [ 1 ]Representatives from Cerner, Epic, and Allscripts are involved in this collaborative.

EHR & eMERGE Network

The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network is another initiative started in 2007 by National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The goal was to combine DNA biorepositories with electronic medical record (EMR) systems for large scale, high-throughput genetic research in support of implementing genomic medicine.

The network demonstrated that EMR phenotyping to develop cohorts for genome-wide studies was a robust approach to genetic discovery, defined approaches for enhancing privacy of shared EMR data, and engaged patients and communities in consent and data sharing. The eMERGE aspires to make the results of genomic association studies available to healthcare providers to aid decision making.

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1. Alterovitz G, Warner J, Zhang P, Chen Y, Ullman-Cullere M, Kreda D, Kohane IS. SMART on FHIR Genomics: Facilitating standardized clinico-genomic apps. J Am Med  Inform Assoc. 2015 Jul 21. pii: ocv045. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv045

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About Me

As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.

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