FDA unveils application programming interface to support openFDA initiative | Sunshine Act disclosure website marred by glitches, reports say | Drchrono combines EHR functionality with AppMedicine's virtual visit software
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July 22, 2014
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FDA unveils application programming interface to support openFDA initiative
An application programming interface was unveiled by the FDA, as part of its openFDA program, to offer researchers and Web developers direct access to drug adverse incidents and medication error data that were submitted to the agency since 2004. "Developers can now call into the API to add recalls data to mobile apps or consumer websites. And researchers could use the API to study individual manufacturers, product categories, or specific foods or drugs," wrote Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, FDA's chief health informatics officer and director of the FDA Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation. Health Data Management (7/21)
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Sunshine Act disclosure website marred by glitches, reports say
Early reports show some glitches with the Open Payments website, the federal database designed to show doctor payments from drugmakers and medtech firms under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Some doctors are taking an hour or more to log in and verify their identities. "I am still uncertain, despite arriving at the exit screen, whether error means no pharma reports or HHS [has] a bug to repair," said Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, a hospitalist at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital. ProPublica (7/21)
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Drchrono combines EHR functionality with AppMedicine's virtual visit software
Drchrono has integrated its application programming interface with AppMedicine's AppVisit software to allow patients to get non-emergency care electronically through e-visits, and allow physicians to provide those visits and update patient records electronically. The drchrono-AppVisit product integration has other real-world uses, such as ensuring that patients follow physicians' instructions and allowing users to schedule follow-up consultations with providers. Programmable Web (7/21)
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PCORI-funded project to use data-sharing program to study Phelan-McDermid syndrome
The TranSmart Foundation announced that the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation and the Harvard Medical School's Center of Biomedical Informatics will use its cTAKES data-sharing and data-analysis system in a research project that will expand insights on Phelan-McDermid syndrome. The project, which is being funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, will leverage the platform's i2b2 features to consolidate patient data from EHRs and the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome International Registry and advance knowledge about the condition that can affect the development of the brain. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (7/21)
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Insurer partners with MDLIVE to provide telehealth services to members
Presbyterian Health Plan has collaborated with MDLIVE to offer telehealth services to 435,000 members who are covered under the insurer's commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans, starting in January. The video visits will enable patients with conditions such as flu, headaches and sore throats to consult with MDLIVE providers using their computers, tablets and smartphones. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (7/21)
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Experts cite components of best fitness apps
Fitness applications should be personalized, as opposed to one-size-fits-all, and should match a person's skill level, says cardiovascular expert John Higgins of the University of Texas​ ​Health Science Center. Fitness experts said the best apps use a phone's GPS and accelerometer to track exercise, work with other health apps, allow social media sharing, get good consumer reviews and keep people interested long term. U.S. News & World Report (7/18)
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Group creates ACO accreditation program
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has created an accreditation program for accountable care organizations that will evaluate their network infrastructure and exchange connectivity, technical performance, resource management, business processes, and other performance quality standards. A group in New Jersey and one in Washington, D.C., have been selected to undergo the beta accreditation process. Healthcare Informatics online (7/21)
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Study identifies 3 keys for building successful ACOs
A study in the journal Academic Medicine suggests that building a successful accountable care organization at academic medical centers hinges on strong leadership, robust health IT systems and reliable care coordination. The findings were based on a study of the first 253 Medicare ACOs across the U.S., 20% of which were developed at academic medical centers. Health Data Management (7/21)
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