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David Raths

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David Raths

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

Overcoming Barriers to Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

September 7, 2017  |  David Raths
Nine months ago I had to have surgery. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) were not part of my follow-up care. A paper detailing Partners HealthCare's journey with PROMs details the challenges health systems have implementing them.

Telehealth Loses a Champion

August 23, 2017  |  David Raths
Telehealth lost a great advocate when Mario Gutierrez, executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy, passed away last week.

Google Glass Isn’t Just for Remote Scribes

August 22, 2017  |  David Raths
Creating a remote presence for specialists is critical for a Canadian province with a population of about a million people scattered over a territory roughly the size of France.

Where Are Health Systems Falling Short in Addressing Social Determinants of Health?

July 28, 2017  |  David Raths
Eighty percent of executives surveyed by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions said social needs are a core part of their mission, but 72 percent said they don’t have sustainable funding to do it.

Hospitals Ranked on Responsiveness to Patient Record Requests; How Is Yours Doing?

July 20, 2017  |  David Raths
PatientBank, a company that helps patients request their records from hospitals, created a rubric to rate hospital health information management departments on their flexibility and responsiveness.

A New C-Level Position Proposed for the Hospital

July 18, 2017  |  David Raths
Two leaders in primary care are proposing a new hospital role: the chief primary care medical officer.

What Ethical Issues Does the Precision Medicine Initiative Face?

July 10, 2017  |  David Raths
Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, described her role as chair of the institutional review board of the the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program.

Could European Data Protection Regulation Give FHIR a Boost?

July 5, 2017  |  David Raths
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will introduce sweeping changes in May 2018. It could also impact the international adoption of interoperability standards such as HL7’s FHIR.

Using Big Data to Find Hypertension Patients ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

June 19, 2017  |  David Raths
John Cuddeback, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical informatics officer for AMGA Analytics, is combing through claims and EHR data to find patients with undiagnosed hypertension who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Creating the Digital Library for the Learning Health System

June 15, 2017  |  David Raths
Big data and precision medicine platforms lack repositories for the knowledge they generate. The University of Michigan is seeking to create a digital repository to store and curate digital knowledge artifacts for health at scale.

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