eHealth News

Defining an open platform for e-health

A paper produced by the Apperta foundation makes the case for open e-health platforms and lays out a blueprint for an open platform architecture. The paper advocates that in health care, an open digital ecosystem can make it easier to build applications that support safe, high quality compassionate care. It outlines 8 characteristics of an open platform: Open Standards Based Shared Common … Continue reading Defining an open platform for e-health

Collaborative approach towards an eHR in Ireland

Over 500 citizens of Ireland, including clinicians, patients, healthcare workers, carers and other groups from across the health sector and broader society, all contributed to the publication of the projects finalised eHR Personas and Scenarios. These will form a key foundation for Ireland’s National Electronic Health Record programme and the Clinical Strategy programme. A total of 168 Personas and … Continue reading Collaborative approach towards an eHR in Ireland

Competition to address patient data integration issues

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is challenging developers to create user-friendly tools that allow for patient-reported outcomes to be shared with researchers and clinicians. The focus is to integrate patient data into electronic health records or other health IT tools, thereby making it easier for physicians to interpret patient conditions. From a … Continue reading Competition to address patient data integration issues

Using maps with your health data?  How appropriate or safe is that map?

The ISO Health Informatics community (Working Group 3 – Semantic Content) is in the final stages of developing a methodology to assess the quality of a map. GeHCo is seeking maps to assess in order to test the methodology. Contact us if you have such a map for us to look at. The objective is … Continue reading Using maps with your health data?  How appropriate or safe is that map?

Digital Health Trends 2018

Fortune Magazine predicts the top trends in eHealth for 2018 including a growth in Telemedicine, data sharing, wearable technology, and artificial intelligence. Read more here.    

Challenges with interoperability in EHRs

Many healthcare organizations  are focussed on interoperability, however, progress is slow. For HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, the reasons include lack of financial reward for profit organisations, lack of resources to make interoperability feasible, policy issues and a lack of unified data. As FHIR has advanced and proven successful to connect EHRs, Jaffe said a lack of a … Continue reading Challenges with interoperability in EHRs

Improving Health IT Use & Interoperability

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the US strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts. When reviewing the benefits of EHR technology and health IT use, providers need to focus on the usefulness of health data rather than the capabilities of the EHR systems themselves. “It’s time to move … Continue reading Improving Health IT Use & Interoperability

Survey points to the importance of integration

According to a new study, conducted for Dell Boomi, almost three quarters (74%) of surveyed CIOs believe that over the next 5 years, successful IT integration will be crucial to their organization if they want to remain competitive. The research is based on a global survey of 900 IT decision-makers that outlines the state of integration, the effects … Continue reading Survey points to the importance of integration

Boosting data integrity to improve patient matching and identification

The lack of data integrity can put a patient’s health at risk, along with impacting reimbursement rates and patient satisfaction scores. The problems are only multiplying with disparate health systems to share patient data, said Ben Moscovitch, Manager of Health IT at The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Patient matching is one of the critical pillars of … Continue reading Boosting data integrity to improve patient matching and identification

Temperature check on the state of clinical informatics in Australia

A recent survey organised by HISA asked its 150-member Clinical Informatics Community of Practice the top priorities for next 12 months and beyond. The findings indicate the top 3 priorities are: Clinical governance for implementing systems or process changes Education of informatics to practising clinicians Interoperability The complete findings can be read here or in the … Continue reading Temperature check on the state of clinical informatics in Australia