Two of the most well-known healthcare organizations in the country--Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine--announced a collaborative this week that will allow the two to, among other things, share best practices on electronic medical record (EMR) usage.
At the center of the collaboration, the organizations say, is an attempt to leverage the strengths of two established organizations and advance the healthcare system toward evidenced-based medicine and advanced population health. The two plan on collaborating on education and research initiatives. One specific goal is to advance clinical information access for patients and providers as well as personalized medicine through IT.
“Working more closely with Johns Hopkins Medicine will help us deliver an innovative care experience for our members that will translate into quality care that’s also affordable,” Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, said in a statement. “This strategic collaboration will facilitate additional population health research and innovative practices benefiting both individual patients and the larger community.”
The two organizations have worked together in the past, specifically the Mid-Atlantic States’ Kaiser Permanente and John Hopkins’ Suburban Hospital.
The American Medical Association and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation are working together, through a collaborative agreement, to create better integration between their proprietary code sets in support of interoperability and healthcare data analytics.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.