Comments on the online edition of the Interoperability Standards Advisory will be accepted by the ONC until Nov. 20, and the release of the 2018 reference edition will likely come later this year. "Based on public comments, we hope to continue to expand the ISA and anticipate getting feedback for more frequent and granular references to [Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources] specifications," said Steven Posnack, director of the ONC's Office of Standards and Technology.
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A security lapse that led to the exposure of the personal information of over 700 patients at Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago is being investigated by the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Experian Health notified the hospital system in August that it had erroneously sent patient information, including names, medical record numbers and account numbers, to other health care facilities when it upgraded a computer system in March.
The transition to value-based care has accelerated since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which included incentives, but the Trump administration is now implementing regulatory changes that slow or narrow the scope of some initiatives. Indicators point to more voluntary programs, rather than mandatory models, and more flexibility for health care providers.
The US Court of Federal Claims released a court document stating the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to use a shared Cerner Millennium EHR platform to build a single common EHR system with the Defense Department. "We believe that it's in the best interests of our service men and women, veterans and American taxpayers that we are in as close alignment as we can -- to the extent of making it one system," said David Norley of Defense Healthcare Management Systems.
HealtheLink surveyed 1,000 patients and hospital and IT executives across the US and found that while 60% of patients do not think their doctors spend too much time entering information on EHRs during a typical appointment, the percentage of those who said physicians spend too much time on a computer was 47% among patients who visit a doctor five or more times a year. The findings showed 72% knew their primary care physician has a patient portal but only 41% have used it.
Experts at the Advances in IBD 2017 conference said multidisciplinary clinics that improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs of treating inflammatory bowel disease are the wave of the future. The new delivery model would integrate pregnancy and psychosocial care, group visits, telemedicine, surgery and nutrition with IBD care.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Abilify MyCite, an aripiprazole tablet with an embedded digital ingestion tracking system, has been approved by the FDA as treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder-related manic and mixed episodes, and as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. The pill uses digital tracking to record whether patients took the medication, sending information to a wearable patch that transmits data to an app, allowing patients, clinicians and caregivers to view the information.
First responders are using virtual-reality technology during training to simulate an emergency situation. The VR tools "allow us to imagine the consequences, to be able to be immersed in what that's going to look like, what kind of chaos is going to exist, and it will help us think through the best protocols ...," Laurie Holien, director of homeland security at Concordia University, said.