Healthcare IT

Epic, Mayo Clinic team up to integrate symptom checker into MyChart patient portal

Patients can use the feature to learn about symptoms and in certain cases read recommendations about self-care, Mayo said.Mayo Clinic and EHR vendor Epic Systems have added Mayos symptom checker functionality into Epics MyChart portal. The new arrangement means that patients can use the symptom checker, previously available on Mayos website, to assess common ailments,

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Successful EHR interoperability starts locally

Advisory Board Senior Vice President Rob Barras discusses the need for providers to start locally to spark interoperability while recognizing theres no one-size-fits-all approach.Interoperability is one of the most difficult challenges with electronic health record optimization: The ability to share clinical data across health systems and respective EHRs. Sometimes it takes a personal experience to

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Blockchain: The Answer to HIT Security?

With hacking attacks on the rise, healthcare organisations need to beef up measures to ensure better protection of sensitive patient data. Infosec teams may find the emerging Blockchain technology helpful in tackling the hacking threat. Blockchain is seeing growing support because of its capabilities to offer impregnable security.The technology may be new but Blockchain incorporates

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ONC’s Andrew Gettinger outlines EHR patient safety threats, calls for funding from Congress

From poor EHR design and implementation to certification standards that set a low bar and potential for patient harm during system transitions, ONC’s Andrew Gettinger, M.D., raises the alarm about safety threats, interoperability roadblocks and other problems with electronic health records in a new podcast.

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Health IT Helps Patients, Researchers Combat Obesity

Currently, more than one third of American adults are considered obese and 71 percent are considered overweight, putting a large portion of the population at increased risk of diabetes, stroke and other health complications.With obesity proving to be a growing issue, researchers and healthcare providers are employing digital tools and health technology to better monitor

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EHR adoption and interoperability among skilled nursing facilities in 2016

The use of electronic health records (EHR) can facilitate the exchange of patient health information during transitions ofcare between acute-care and skilled nursing facilities. Long-term care and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, includingskilled nursing facilities (SNFs), were not eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs.However, LTPAC providers are increasingly reported as major exchange

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