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Jonathan Perlin’s ‘Elevator Pitch to the President’ on Health IT

September 26, 2016  |  David Raths
What would you say if you had to make an “elevator pitch” in just three to five minutes to the President of the United States about what to focus on in terms of the nation’s healthcare system?

What Is CDS Hooks? An Interview with Josh Mandel About FHIR and Clinical Decision Support

September 16, 2016  |  David Raths
An interview with Josh Mandel, M.D., a research scientist in biomedical informatics at Harvard University and lead architect for SMART Health IT, about a new a FHIR-based approach to clinical decision support

Ambulatory Clinic HIE Activity Declines, Minnesota Survey Finds

September 14, 2016  |  David Raths
Despite all the successes when it comes to EHR adoption, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support, a Minnesota survey found HIE activity actually declining. What are the implications?

CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn Talks SMART on FHIR

August 24, 2016  |  David Raths
CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn, M.D., believes the “app store” model for modular improvements to EHRs is very promising. “Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone understands apps and add-ons."

Can EHR Data Identify Patients Who May Be Falling Through the Cracks of Your Healthcare System?

August 5, 2016  |  David Raths
For the term "learning health system" to become more than a buzzword, health systems will have to devote more resources to using their clinical data for process improvement and patient safety research.

The Informatics Challenges of the Oncology Care Model

August 3, 2016  |  David Raths
As with other new payment models, gathering new types of data for the Oncology Care Model and reporting it to CMS presents a challenge to both the oncology practices and the health IT vendors who support their work.

Can SOLOR (SnOmed LOinc, Rxnorm) Project Create Terminology Foundation for Interoperability?

July 22, 2016  |  David Raths
The nonprofit Healthcare Services Platform Consortium supports the existing effort to integrate SNOMED CT and Laboratory LOINC and will seek to expand that effort to include Clinical LOINC and selected components of RxNorm.

Mix of Applications at Showcase to Demonstrate FHIR’s Potential

July 15, 2016  |  David Raths
HL7’s upcoming FHIR Applications Roundtable in Boston will feature several presentations and demos from providers, vendors, academic institutions, and startups of FHIR-based solutions that are currently in development or already being deployed.

Does Blockchain Have a Future in Healthcare? My Interview with Gem CEO Micah Winkelspecht

July 9, 2016  |  David Raths
Last week, when ONC and NIST announced a challenge soliciting white papers on the topic of the use of blockchain technology in healthcare, it got me interested in trying to understand the concept a little better.

Healthcare Shines in Computerworld’s ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ Report

July 6, 2016  |  David Raths
The high number of provider organizations listed in Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" report suggests that IT employees in healthcare find their work rewarding because they can see it contributing to the overall care mission of their organizations.

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David Raths’ blog focuses on health IT policy issues ranging from patient privacy to health...