By Andy Aroditis – Last month, the ONC released its first Project US@ Technical Specification draft for public comment. The initiative aims to improve patient matching, while supporting interoperability, privacy and safety, by issuing a unified address standard throughout healthcare.Read More
By Marie E. Lamont – Hospitals are still overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Patients have postponed diagnostic tests and screenings. Researchers are still focusing their attention on combatting the virus. It’s no surprise that clinical trials have plunged.
By Dr. Tandy Tipps – Patients and doctors missed or cancelled an estimated 22 million cancer screenings in the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in an estimated 80,000 missed diagnoses, according to research published last year. Another study found that diagnoses for six major cancer types dropped by almost half.
By Andy Aroditis – A vaccine mix-up sent a 91-year-old Ohio man to the emergency room last week after he received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day. Four hours after receiving a shot at a mass vaccination site near Cincinnati, Victor Smith was given a second dose at his nursing home.
By Leo Pak – With the national opioid crisis worsening during the pandemic, LANES participants who are licensed prescribers and pharmacists can be confident of querying the right individual with the right medical record’s prescribed narcotics history through its CURES connectivity.
Patient ID Now, a coalition of leading healthcare organizations is disappointed that the U.S. Senate did not remove the longstanding ban in its Labor-HHS appropriations bill that stifles innovation around patient identification.
By Daniel Cidon – The race to rollout a COVID-19 vaccine presents a number of challenges, from safety and efficacy, to storage and distribution. Once a vaccine is approved, the industry must have a robust strategy in place to manage coronavirus immunizations effectively.
Last week the House of Representatives, with leadership on this issue from Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) and Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), took an important step forward in repealing this ban.
By Mark LaRow, Jeffrey Allen, MD, Jennifer Briggs, & Geremy Gersh – The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on the healthcare landscape, with a heightened emphasis on technologies and data that support efficient, effective, highly coordinated care.