Today’s EHR and HIT news includes customer acquisition news from Sandlot Solutions as well as partnership news between WorkForce Software and Avantas. There is also news of a $2 Million award from the National Institutes of Health to Sutter Health, IBM and Geisinger Health System to Study Heart Failure Prediction. [Read more…]
Researchers in the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network will receive $25 million over the next four years to determine whether or not patients’ genomic information linked to disease characteristics and symptoms in their electronic medical records can be used to improve their care. The grants are from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which supports research by the network’s seven institutions and coordinating center.
“Our goal is to connect genomic information to high quality data in electronic medical records (EMR) during the clinical care of patients. This will help us identify the genetic contributions to disease,” said NHGRI Director Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D. “We can then equip health care workers everywhere with the information and tools that they need to apply genomic knowledge to patient care.”
The first phase of eMERGE, which wrapped up in July, demonstrated that data about disease characteristics in electronic medical records and patient’s genetic information can be used in large genetic studies. So far, the eMERGE network has identified genetic variants associated with dementia, cataracts, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, peripheral arterial disease, white blood cell count, type 2 diabetes and cardiac conduction defects.
In the next phase, investigators will identify genetic variants associated with 40 more disease characteristics and symptoms, using genome-wide association studies across the entire eMERGE network. DNA from about 32,000 participants will be analyzed in each study. Genome-wide association studies represent a powerful approach researchers can use to study hundreds of thousands of genetic variants in people with and without certain health conditions to identify genes that cause or contribute to diseases. [Read more…]
The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient portals and electronic health record systems to MedlinePlus.gov, a trusted source of authoritative, up-to-date health information for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus brings together information from NIH, other federal agencies, and reputable health information providers. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of health conditions and wellness issues, and includes key resources to inform patients about their health.
Patients using portals or EHRs that have implemented MedlinePlus Connect can access easy-to-understand health information on MedlinePlus that is directly related to their diagnoses, medications, and lab tests. “MedlinePlus Connect is the latest result of NLM’s long standing commitment to using technology and standards to bring high quality information to patients and clinicians when and where they need it,” noted NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D.
To use MedlinePlus Connect, an organization should contact their EHR vendor or work with their in-house technical staff to follow the instructions in the technical documentation. Full details, including an online demonstration, are available at http://medlineplus.gov/connect. MedlinePlus Connect accepts the coding standards already in the organization’s system, such as ICD-9-CM, SNOMED CT CORE Problem List Subset, RxNorm, NDC, and LOINC. MedlinePlus Connect only needs to be set up once and NLM regularly maintains the vocabulary mappings and topic links. [Read more…]
Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide a keynote address on the opportunity of mobile technologies to improve health outcomes in the developing world at the 2010 mHealth Summit, the summit organizers announced today. The summit, organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the mHealth Alliance, will be held November 8-10 in Washington, DC.
“We are honored to have Bill Gates join the mHealth Summit. The event has quickly become the premier meeting place for leaders focused on research and the delivery of health services through the implementation of mobile technologies,” said Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth Summit and Director of Strategic Alliances at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
Gates will be keynoting an interactive discussion on November 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST during the 2010 mHealth Summit. The event will connect leaders in health, government, academia, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to advance discussion and decision making on the intersection of mobile technology, health practice, research, and policy in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries.
Mobile Health, or “mHealth,” is rapidly becoming a transformative solution for improving quality healthcare services in poor and remote regions around the world. With over 5 billion mobile subscriptions globally, cell phones are becoming a tool to help close the digital divide and increase access to a range of services, including healthcare.
“We are delighted that Bill Gates is joining the mHealth Summit to advance the discussion on how modern mobile and computing technologies can save lives and promote healthier communities in even the world’s poorest places,” said David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, whose founding partners include the Rockefeller, United Nations, and Vodafone Foundations, PEPFAR and the GSM Association.
Verizon Wireless, the partnering sponsor, will be joined by other sponsors including Abbott Labs, American Telemedicine Association, CTIS, McKesson Foundation, Microsoft Research, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skype and the West Wireless Health Institute.
The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees from around the globe, feature over 150 exhibitors and will be held November 8-10, 2010 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin today announced a collaboration with Microsoft HealthVault that will provide new features and expand access to My Family Health Portrait, a free Internet-based resource. This resource enables consumers to easily record their family health history and integrate the information stored in their My Family Health Portrait profile into a personal HealthVault account. In addition, these users will also be able to share that information with a variety of health care providers and services that connect to HealthVault, enabling them to make more informed decisions around their current and future healthcare needs. In the coming months, My Family Health Portrait will expand its offering to other third-party health solutions. [Read more…]