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Editor's e-Note
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ MyHealthEData is a wide-ranging effort to create new health care solutions by taking advantage of the mountains of information available from EHRs.

Who could argue with such an expedition? You really can’t, but, like most things in health care, it comes at a price. To learn more about the side effects of large-scale data sharing, check out this month’s E-News Exclusive.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
MyHealthEData and Patient Information Blocking
By Chris Byers

Providers of HIPAA-compliant, open application programming interface (API) solutions offer multiple platforms across the health care industry to keep you engaged with patients, while being able to securely share data. These types of solutions are becoming increasingly popular as national health care organizations continue to emphasize interoperability.

At HIMSS 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced an initiative for MyHealthEData interoperability. The MyHealthEData initiative aims to “empower patients by ensuring they control their health care data and can decide how their data is going to be used, all while keeping that information safe and secure.” CMS hopes to do this by breaking down existing barriers to health data access, such as information blocking, and by granting patients access to their own EHRs through the application of their choice.

Similarly, the day before HIMSS 2019, Health and Human Services announced a new patient access and interoperability rule proposal, which capitalizes on Americans’ smartphone use and grants patients access to their EHR data electronically without charging a fee.

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AMIA Announces 2019 Signature Award and Leadership Award Recipients

AMIA recently announced the 2019 Signature Award and Leadership Award recipients. The leaders received their awards at the AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium, which took place November 16–20 in Washington, D.C.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the largest informatics event worldwide, drawing more than 2,500 attendees. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics, and more than 120 scientific sessions. The work presented spans the spectrum of the informatics field: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.

The AMIA Signature Awards program provides an opportunity for AMIA members at different stages of their careers to be recognized for significant contributions to the field of informatics.

“It is my honor and privilege to recognize the significant contributions of these informatics leaders,” said Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA, AMIA board chair, and president and CEO of Regenstrief Institute. “AMIA is a multidisciplinary and diverse organization, and these awardees exemplify the best of our membership as they advance AMIA’s mission in all of the work they do. We celebrate their exceptional accomplishments."

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Products & Services
Saykara Debuts Fully Ambient AI Health Care Voice Assistant
Saykara has announced the release of Kara 2.0, an artificial intelligence (AI)–powered health care assistant that further simplifies the documentation process for physicians. Now featuring Ambient Mode, Kara 2.0 allows physicians and patients to interact as they normally do, all while Saykara listens, transcribes to text, parses text into structured data, and intelligently completes each form in a patient's EHR. Saykara then automatically generates a clinic note including patient history, physical, assessment, plan, orders, and referrals.

With the release of Ambient Mode, Saykara can be used passively “in the room” during physician-patient appointments with no voice commands. Physicians also still have the option to use Saykara in Summary Mode during or after a patient encounter, whether in the exam room or in another room. Saykara's versatility is supported by its augmented AI approach. In addition to advanced speech recognition, AI, and machine learning capabilities, Saykara is supported on the back end by human feedback, enabling the system to train itself faster and to meet the mission-critical accuracy requirements of the health care space. Learn more »

Bravado Health Introduces Patient Engagement Product
Bravado Health has unveiled its flagship patient engagement solution with the launch of Ayva Engage, which makes it easy to connect with patients, coordinate follow-up care, and measure outcomes associated with quality of care and reimbursement. Ayva Engage also helps organizations with the shift toward value-based payment models with tools for population health management and health risk stratification. Products within the Ayva platform work together to provide patients with comprehensive postvisit support accessible from their mobile devices. Learn more »

WRS Health Launches an EHR for OB/GYNs
WRS Health has announced the availability of ObGyn-Cloud, an EHR specifically developed for the unique needs of obstetricians and gynecologists. ObGyn-Cloud’s singular focus on women’s health allows it to lead the industry with rich functionality, detailed content, and workflows necessary to make patient encounters efficient, timely, and focused. The platform integrates administrative, front desk, clinical, and revenue cycle management functions into a single, cohesive, and seamless process.

Features include preloaded notes and templates specifically designed for obstetricians and gynecologists; connectivity with all major labs, enabling lab results to be received directly into ObGyn-Cloud; patient portal includes a PHR allowing a practice and its patients the ability to securely exchange information; ePrescribing and EPCS capable; ObGyn-Cloud EHR Billing System includes custom rules and codes specific to women’s health issues; fast and accurate Superbill creation; and full compliance with HIPAA. Learn more »

Rhapsody and Corepoint to Merge
Rhapsody, a global leader in health care data interoperability, is merging with Corepoint Health, the supplier of the Best in KLAS health care integration platform. Both companies will continue to support and advance their respective solutions, while the combined entity will also devote its expanded resources to addressing the growing need for interoperability among health care providers and vendors. Learn more »
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Industry Insight
Project Aims to Improve Interoperability of Social Determinants of Health Data

Health Level Seven International (HL7), the global authority for interoperability in HIT, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are pleased to announce that the Gravity Project is now part of the HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program.

The Gravity Project aims to standardize medical codes to facilitate the use of social determinants of health (SDOH)–related data in patient care, care coordination between the health and human services sectors, population health management, value-based payment, and clinical research. SDOH are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.

The HL7 FHIR Accelerator Program is designed to assist implementers across the health care spectrum to create HL7 FHIR implementation guides and other products than can facilitate FHIR acceleration and adoption activities. Other projects within the Accelerator Program include Argonaut, Da Vinci, and CARIN Alliance.

Why the Gravity Project? Unmet social needs including limited access to food, transportation, and housing can negatively impact health outcomes. Research has demonstrated that addressing social and medical needs in tandem improves health outcomes and lowers costs.

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