Health IT’s Manhattan project

Government Health IT, April 27, 2010 — Brian Robinson
With all the talk about the politics of health reform, it’s easy to forget that a major driver of the landmark legislation will be the expanded use of health IT. The award in early April of four $15 million contracts seeking health IT research “breakthroughs” was a timely reminder of its importance…

Medical Informatics: Apps, not data warehouses, are wave of future

“We need apps to solve specific problems, not warehouses to store data,” said Jon D’Amore, founder of Clinfometrics, echoing the SMART approach at the Medical Informatics World Conference on April 8. Story in Clinical Innovation + Technology by Laura Pedulli.

6 Big Data Analytics Use Cases for Healthcare IT

CIO, April 23, 2013 — Brian Eastwood
Making use of the petabytes of patient data that healthcare organizations possess requires extracting it from legacy systems, normalizing it and then building applications that can make sense of it. That’s a tall order, but the facilities that pull it off can learn a lot…

Two Contrasting Approaches to Health Care’s API Revolution

The Health Care Blog, April 11, 2013 — Andy Oram
As the health care field inches toward adoption of the computer technologies that have streamlined other industries and made them more responsive to users, it has sought ways to digitize data and make it easier to consume. I recently talked to two organizations with different approaches to sharing data: the SMART platform and the Apigee corporation. Both focus on programming APIs and thus converge on a similar vision off health care’s future. But they respond to that vision in their own ways. Differences include…

Medical Informatics: Apps, not data warehouses, are wave of future

Clinical Innovation + Technology, April 8, 2013 — Laura Pedulli
Beware of the perils of data warehouses, Jon D’Amore, MS, founder of Clinfometrics advised an audience at the Medical Informatics World Conference on April 8.
Providers are still a long way off from meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) that requires the achievement of advanced clinical processes and better population health management through EHR information capture and exchange, said co-speaker Dean Sittig, PhD, professor…

Five Questions With: Dr. Kenneth D. Mandl

Providence Business News, April 8, 2013 — Richard Asinof

Posted to with permission

One of the big missing pieces in the build out of the health IT infrastructure now underway as part of health care reform is the development of an underlying programming interface system that will allow for the creative introduction of downloadable apps, similar to what smart phone users can employ.

Dr. Kenneth D. Mandl, a physician and researcher in the Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, where he directs the hospital’s Intelligent Health Laboratory, has been working with software developers to bridge that gap and create apps that allow interface with electronic health records (EHRs), both proprietary and open source.

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Experts disagree on value of electronic health records

Covering Health (Association of Health Care Journalists Blog), April 2, 2013 — Richard Asinof
Electronic health records are a tool, the bottom floor on creating standards to move from mere billing and data collection into a platform to change the way health care is delivered, the way it is paid for, and the manner in which patients are engaged, according to Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., the national coordinator of health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…




Getting Data to Patients: Technology + Policy

ABBI and BlueButton+

Over the past six months, I’ve had the privilege of working with the Automate Blue Button Initiative on BlueButton+ specifications for sharing data with patients.  Since ABBI’s core goal of enabling automated patient access to health data is so closely aligned with SMART’s vision, it was exciting to see the initial (Push-based) BlueButton+ specifications implemented at HIMSS 13 this month.

Progress in ABBI’s Pull Workgroup has been slower.  We’re hashing out the details of an OAuth2-based framework that puts patients in control over when and how apps can fetch health data.  An important question has been: how can we enable an ecosystem where thousands of apps connect to providers across the country in a trusted way?

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Health IT innovations, value of EHR systems discussed

KHI News Service, March 19, 2013 — Phil Cauthon
“The children of doctors should not be using better technologies in the third grade than the doctors are using in a hospital,” said Dr. Ken Mandl, co-director of the SMART project, speaking last week to a group of about 40 journalists at the Association of Health Care Journalists national conference

Free Webinar: SMART C-CDA Tools for MU2

Getting SMART about C-CDA: 
Faster Meaningful Use with Clinical Benefits

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT


Join the SMART Platforms team at noon EDT on April 2 for a roll-up-your-sleeves webinar to kick-start/speed-up your Consolidated CDA implementation for MU2. These tools will help you:

  • Generate high-quality C-CDA data exports that are easier to consume
  • Ensure your C-CDA imports flow smoothly on data from other vendors
  • Test your implementation and support end-users with clinical apps

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