Monday, June 30, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- Congress is working to expand veterans' access to medical services in response to revelations about falsified appointment records that concealed long wait times at veterans' hospitals.
Although the VA San Diego Healthcare System is not on the list of facilities under investigation, this bill could have implications for the nearly quarter million veterans living in the region.
Members of the House and Senate are working on merging two bills that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for medical care delivered by health care providers in the private sector in order to reduce wait times for those seeking care.
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Merging Open Source Software (OSS) & Healthcare Technology
San Diego, Executive Breakfast: Panel Discussion with Health IT & OSS Industry Experts
The current landscape of Healthcare technology is fragmented, disconnected and siloed. However, the HITECH Act mandates that these systems be interoperable to provide the patient, physician and entire clinical staff a much more streamlined, efficient and improved experience. This functionality is currently not up to the standards that the Healthcare industry is demanding. There are ways to advance the currently available Healthcare technology by extending these legacy systems, which can minimize IT disruption costs and improve data liquidity.
With easily interoperable data the entire system can benefit and further adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) will allow us to enhance the interoperability of these systems. The panel will explore the technology hurdles facing the Healthcare industry, how they see Health Information Technology evolving, and how OSS can play a part in advancing the currently available Health IT solutions.
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by Dan Gorenstein
Thursday, June 5, 2014
If you've got to go to the hospital – one that's near your home or very far from it – you'd want your prescriptions, past procedures, and all the rest at your doctor's finger tips.
To date, the federal government's efforts have largely focused on encouraging hospitals and ambulatory care providers to adopt electronic health records so that they may share health information electronically with one another. With that task well underway, a new focus area is emerging: connecting emergency medical service providers with hospitals.
On June 4th the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovation Exchange website highlighted the San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) as a best practice along with Ft. Worth’s Medstar program. Thanks to RAP Coordinator Anne Jensen for her remarkable high tech, high touch skills and the support and vision of San Diego Fire-Rescue, Rural/Metro Ambulance and Infotech.
Health has become a national security issue. We propose a person-centric approach by putting the whole person in the game and as such have profound impact to begin to bend the sickness curve.
As healthcare organizations continue to transition from gathering data through EHR systems toward building knowledge based on that data, the ability to exchange patient information, consistently, privately and securely becomes ever more paramount to improving quality of care.
February 26, 2014 - Keith Hepp, chief financial officer of Cincinnati-based HealthBridge, has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: "He said that when the world ends, he wants to be in Cincinnati – because everything happens seven years later there."
February 26, 2014 - Keith Hepp, chief financial officer of Cincinnati-based HealthBridge, has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: "He said that when the world ends, he wants to be in Cincinnati -- because everything happens seven years later there. "Generally, that's "very true," said Hepp. But not in the case of HeathBridge, a pioneering HIE – founded in 1997, operational since 2000 – that became the lynchpin of the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Organization in 2010. "We bought into the triple aim before the triple aim had a name," he said.
February 24, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference, the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in the Interoperability Showcase, offering demonstrations of real-world scenarios in which patients use Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Direct messaging to communicate with healthcare providers in a scalable and trustworthy way, empowering them to be in control of their health information.
Dec. 10, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC -- Helping patients make their medical records more portable so they can coordinate their care online across multiple providers is the goal of an innovative pilot project currently involving three states, five health information organizations, and three personal health record (PHR) companies.
Oct. 30, 2013 – San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange (SDRHIE) has a new name and two new major participants. The federally funded HIE has evolved into an independent, community-supported organization, San Diego Health Connect, which today announced that Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare have signed agreements to participate in directing the exchange.