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ONC releases updated recommendations for pediatric health IT

Children have specific and unique medical needs – and software supporting their care should be tailored to help address those needs.  So the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published a new informational resource aimed at shaping the specifications of technology products intended for pediatric use. “There are critical functionalities, data elements, […]

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Arcadia acquires assets of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

Arcadia, which specializes in technologies focused on population health management and value-based care, announced Thursday that it has acquired selected assets of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. WHY IT MATTERS The acquisition includes technology assets and some customer accounts of MAeHC, a nonprofit services firm that helps healthcare providers with technology and analytics to manage the […]

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Implementation best practices: Making interoperability work

Interoperability in health IT is tricky, to say the least. It requires complex technologies, robust standards and solid strategies. The government and the industry are working on interoperability solutions. On the industry front, healthcare organizations are focused on using technology to improve interoperability of existing services and capabilities, according to a new Proskauer survey of […]

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Walmart joins MediLedger, blockchain-based pharma tracking group

Walmart is the latest major company to sign on with the blockchain initiative Mediledger, which is exploring ways to harness distributed ledger technology to ensure the security and safety of pharmaceuticals. WHY IT MATTERS The news, first reported by bitcoin and blockchain website Coindesk, signifies that health and life sciences use cases for blockchain are […]

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How to ensure interoperable data is usable by caregivers

Everyone knows that interoperability is key to realizing the improved outcomes that technology and data can produce. But once a healthcare provider organization has some interoperable systems in place, how usable is that data to the clinical end users? With more data available, and from various sources, what happens to ease of use? Three physician […]

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HIMSS writes new definition of interoperability

HIMSS has crafted a new definition for interoperability and is seeking public feedback on it. HIMSS, the owner of Healthcare IT News, described the new concept as one specifically fit for the larger healthcare ecosystem. Mari Greenberger, senior director of informatics at HIMSS, explained that there are now four layers to the proposed interoperability definition: […]