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Accessing & Using APIs from Major EMR Vendors–Some Data at Last!

Matthew Holt | The Healthcare Blog | September 19, 2016

Information blocking, Siloed data. No real inter-operability. Standards that aren’t standards. In the last few years, the clamor about the problems accessing personal health data has grown as the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) increased post the Federally-funded HITECH program. But at Health 2.0 where we focus on newer health tech startups using SMAC (Social/Sensor; Mobile OS; Cloud; Analytics) technologies, the common complaint we’ve heard has been that the legacy–usually client-server based–EMR vendors won’t let the newer vendors integrate with them...

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Australia's Digital Health Strategy Gets the Nod Without Data Interoperability Controls

Asha McLean | ZD Net | August 7, 2017

My Health Record, the Australian government's e-health record system, has been officially given the green light from the Council of Australian Governments Health Council to automatically sign citizens up to the service, allowing them to opt-out if they choose. By 2018, all Australians will have a My Health Record and by 2022, all healthcare providers will be able to contribute to and use health information in My Health Record on behalf of their patients. They will also be able to communicate with other healthcare providers on the clinical status of joint patients via the digital platform...

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Benefits, Challenges and Best Practices of Clinical Trials: Paper vs. Electronic Data Capture

On February 25th 2015, Clinovo hosted the 10th Session of the Silicon Valley BioTalks at HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The attendees consisted of life science industry professionals with the sole intent of discussing the benefits, challenges and best practices of paper-based clinical studies vs EDC based studies. To add a valuable experience to the conversation, the event featured a panel of 4 clinical trials professionals... Read More »

Broad Institute to Release Genome Analysis Toolkit 4 (GATK4) as Open Source Resource to Accelerate Research

Press Release | Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | May 24, 2017

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard will release version 4 of the industry-leading Genome Analysis Toolkit under an open source software license. The software package, designated GATK4, contains new tools and rebuilt architecture. It is available currently as an alpha preview on the Broad Institute's GATK website, with a beta release expected in mid-June. Broad engineers announced the upgrade, as well as the decision to release the tool as an open source product, at Bio-IT World today...

Calling for Semantic Interoperability Standards That Enable Clinical Data Discovery

Brian Wells | Healthcare IT News | May 9, 2016

There are many promising initiatives underway that seek to combine rich clinical data from electronic health record systems running in provider sites across the county into large patient cohorts and then combine that data with genetic sequences created from samples provided by each patient in the cohort. The sponsors of these initiatives span industry, private foundations and the federal government. While the ambitious goals are commendable and the potential for discovery is worthy of the effort, there are data quality and semantic interoperability requirements that must be met prior to the combining of the clinical data...

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Clinovo Continues Ascension As Global Player In The eClinical Systems Market With New Client In India

Press Release | Clinovo, Krishnagi Solutions | February 27, 2014

Indian medical device company selects open source EDC system ClinCapture for clinical study on Cardiac Stents in India and England. Read More »

Death By A Thousand Clicks: Leading Boston Doctors Decry Electronic Medical Records

Drs. John Levinson, Bruce H. Price and Vikas Saini | WBUR | May 17, 2017

It happens every day, in exam rooms across the country, something that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago: Doctors and nurses turn away from their patients and focus their attention elsewhere — on their computer screens. Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Why Apple's Maps Problem Isn't Going Away Soon

Rebecca Greenfield | The Atlantic Wire | September 21, 2012

Apple knows it has a Maps issue, but the company is saying, "the more people use it, the better it will get." Unfortunately, as mapping technology explains, that fix won't solve its location data problem very soon. Read More »

Genomics and Big Data-Part 1

Gerry Higgins | OSEHRA Blog | January 23, 2013

This will be the introductory part of a long report that I completed in response to a 'big data' study being performed by MITRE for the U.S. Army. It will be released in phases, with some text redacted. Here is the Executoive Summary. See link below for the first part of the PDF. Read More »

Halamka's Recommendations for Effective Care Management

I recently joined the advisory board of Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of analytics, decision support, and workflow enhancement services. At my first advisory board meeting there was a rich debate about the marketplace for care management and population health tools. I’ve spent years studying such solutions at HIMSS and found most of the products are “compiled in Powerpoint”, which is a very agile programming language, since it’s so easy to change…

How Healthy Are We?

Nazimun Nessa | Dhaka Tribune | March 29, 2017

Reliable data on health is an essential part of a comprehensive health information system, which is central to evidence-informed, responsive decision-making for better public health program. A well-functioning health information system also helps policy-makers and program managers to monitor population health and plan interventions accordingly. In line with the vision of a Digital Bangladesh, one of the more significant changes that have happened in our health sector is transforming paper-based health reporting into an electronic health information system, along with initiating a medical record system through the Open MRS software...

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How Wearable Electronics Will Change Clinical Trials

Advances in sensor technology and microelectronics have opened new opportunities in the health and life sciences industries. Wearable sensors allow for continuous bio-monitoring without any manual intervention, thus reducing provider-patient interaction and costs while contributing improvements in the quality of the data...The broad adoption of biosensors by consumers, combined with advances in Nano and Cloud technologies are expected to radically change the way research is conducted by the Life Science industry, improving patient recruiting and monitoring, while lowering development and therapy cost.

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How Will Current EHR Adoption, Use Affect Future Research?

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | November 25, 2013

Research from the United Kingdom provides a glimpse into the challenges following the widespread adoption of EHR systems and capturing of patient data electronically. “The present use of EHR databases requires programing expertise and understanding of the nuances of the coding systems.[...]." Read More »

Latest Version of iHRIS Improves Data Security and Quality, Empowers Health Workers

Carol Bales | CapacityPlus | April 19, 2012

CapacityPlus announces new releases of iHRIS Manage and iHRIS Qualify. The core products of the open source iHRIS suite of software, iHRIS Manage maintains health worker deployment, management, and attrition information while iHRIS Qualify tracks training, certification, and licensure. iHRIS is specifically designed for use by ministries of health, professional health councils, and other health organizations to understand and strengthen the health workforce. Read More »

Latest Version of iHRIS Supports Decentralization and Adds Self-Service Option

Shannon Turlington | iHRIS | April 19, 2012

We are pleased to announce a major new release of iHRIS Manage and iHRIS Qualify. Version 4.1 of the software enhances health data security and enables updating of health worker records at the district and facility level, improving data quality. Individual health workers can even update their own records using a new “self-service” option. Read More »