Beginning in September, smaller health care organizations in the US will be able to subscribe to HITRUST CyberAid, a cybersecurity solution that will be launched by HITRUST and Children's Health. This solution will provide cyberthreat protection for physician practices with fewer than 75 employees and will help them evaluate and identify new and cost-effective cyberdefense solutions and processes.
Providers, laboratories and technology vendors may be able to accelerate the development of precision medicine-focused apps with the help of an application programming interface launched by Bellevue, Wash.-based Translational Software. The company used Health Level 7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard to develop the API, which provides gene-based drug interaction data and may help remove barriers to wide-scale use of pharmacogenomics, according to Translational Software CEO Don Rule.
Five University of Maryland Medical System hospitals have achieved Stage 6 on HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model. The installation of an upgraded Portfolio system enabled a universal EHR system throughout UMMS' hospitals.
B. Braun Medical's Infusomat Space Pump has been integrated with Epic's EMR system using IHE standard communication protocols and transactions. B. Braun Medical said the functionality of its AutoComplete feature has been verified and tested in cooperation with Epic.
Surescripts' 2015 National Progress Report revealed a broad variation in states that electronically prescribe controlled substances, from less than 1% of prescriptions being done this way to almost 38%. New York, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Texas and California were among the top 10 states enabled for electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, while Hawaii, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia were among the bottom 10.
Companies are developing virtual reality products aimed at making exercise less tedious and more entertaining. Some require just VR headsets and computers, but other products go further, such as Gogi Play by Blue Gogi that attaches to an elliptical or stationary bike and uses an app to access a library of games.
A new accountable care organization formed by Aledade and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care has recruited 10 physician practices, some of which plan to participate in the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program. Aledade is also expanding a physician-led ACO started earlier this year in Missouri.
Hixny, an Albany, N.Y.-based health information exchange, has added Upstate Concierge Medicine as its newest member, marking the first time that a telemedicine provider has connected to the HIE. The participation of the telemedicine provider "adds another source of data that, until recently, our participants didn't have access to," said Hixny CEO Mark McKinney.