The HIMSS-Immunization Integration Program testing tool has been approved by the ONC as a substitute for its approved method of evaluating transmissions to immunization registries. The testing method uses an open-source testing tool created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and can be fully integrated into EHR systems and other clinical software, allowing clinicians to access immunization histories, administer the right vaccines and increase monitoring, safety and acceptance of vaccines.
Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank are mapping genomic data from thousands of patients, which they combine with EHR data to discover new insights into complex genetic challenges. Nazneen Aziz, executive director of the biobank, says there is much work to be done, explaining that only about 5,000 of 20,000 protein coding genes are understood and that the previously overlooked intergenic region, or DNA sequences between genes, is important to understanding complex or multi-genetic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.
Medicare payment structures should focus on appointment timeliness when reimbursing health care providers for telehealth and telemedicine services because "this approach better captures the relationship between the supply of health providers and the demand for their services -- independent of geography," researchers wrote in a Health Affairs blog post. They expressed concern over access problems facing urban patients, as well as rural patients, due to a lack of timely appointments.
Despite losing nearly everything in Hurricane Maria, some scientists and other staff of a primate research center continue to make the trip from the eastern shore of Puerto Rico to Cayo Santiago each day to rebuild the center and ensure the monkeys survive. Research on behavior and autism will be set back by at least a year, says Noah Snyder-Mackler, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Washington.
In the second installment of a four-part series, Justin Varholick describes scientists' attempts to identify and replicate a virus in the breast milk of mice and to determine whether it had anything to do with the formation of breast cancer.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University discovered what they believe is a spinal pathway to induce breathing, and they used it to stimulate diaphragm activity in rats with a drug and optogenetics. The treatment, described in Cell Reports, could be the basis for therapies that restore spontaneous respiration in people with spinal cord damage who need a ventilator to breathe.
A Florida appeals court panel ruled that Hendry County, Fla., did not err in granting operating rights to two monkey breeding facilities, and no more appeals are possible in the case. The FDA requires that drugs and vaccines be tested in animals, and monkeys have been indispensable in the development of vaccines and treatments for typhus, polio and a range of other devastating diseases, National Association for Biomedical Research President Matthew R. Bailey said in a 2015 interview.
The Integrated Health Model Initiative is an integrated platform for clinical informatics and big data analytics being developed by the American Medical Association and its partners, including the American Medical Informatics Association, IBM and Cerner, and is designed to offer a collaborative approach for better population health management and chronic disease care. The platform, which will use existing data standards and will be developed and launched next year, will help the health care system in the collection, exchange and organization of patient-centered data.
Malpractice suits related to EHR use rose from two in 2007 to 2010 to 161 in 2011 to December 2016, according to a study released by The Doctors Company. Researchers found that there were more EHR-related malpractice claim events in patient rooms than in hospital clinics/doctors' offices, emergency rooms, ambulatory/day/surgery centers, or labor and delivery rooms, as well as an 8% increase in system factors and a 6% decrease in user factors that contributed to these claims.
A Mercom Capital Group report revealed that global venture capital funding for emerging health IT companies reached $5.5 billion on 586 deals in the first nine months of 2017, already 31% higher than in the same period in 2016. Data analytics was the top-funded area with $1 billion, followed by patient engagement solutions with $686 million, mHealth apps with $549 million, telemedicine with $529 million and booking and mobile wireless with $407 million each.
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