Weekly Recap 1/25/13

1-23-2013 8-46-56 PM

The VA announces that it has made significant enhancements to the Blue Button tool it uses to provide veterans with electronic access to their medical records. Veterans will now be able to retrieve a CCD in addition to the text-based medical record that has always been provided.

“As of today, veterans can electronically download their entire medical record plus CCD summary,” -Peter Levin, VA chief technology officer.

Blue Button has also increased the amount of structured data it is sending to include demographics, an active problem list, discharge summaries, progress notes, expanded laboratory results, vitals, pathology reports, radiology reports, and electrocardiogram studies.

1-24-2013 9-27-49 PM

Audax Health Solutions, a DC-based digital health startup, raises $21 million in initial funding as part of an ongoing $45 million fundraising effort. The funds came over several months from eight anonymous investors. The company also signed a strategic alliance with Cigna to develop a digital engagement platform and names four new executives, including Optum alums Doug Celebi, MD (SVP of informatics) and Brian Dolan (chief customer solutions officer).

1-19-2013 8-58-46 PM

Saint Anthony’s Health Center (IL) will offer emergency tele-neurological services in partnership with Specialists On Call.

1-24-2013 8-59-07 PM

The Nebraska Health Information Initiative, Kansas Health Information Network, and Missouri Health Connection announce that they are now connected and able to exchange secure Direct messages across state lines.

1-24-2013 8-58-11 PM

The New Mexico Health Information Collaborative will implement Orion Health’s HIE platform for its statewide exchange.

1-22-2013 3-24-15 PM 1-22-2013 3-25-26 PM

Mobile health provider Glooko hires Rick Altinger (Intuit Health) as CEO and Dean Lucas (Epocrates) as VP of product development. Glooko, which Dr. Travis included in a recent review of tools for diabetics, just received FDA 510(k) clearance for its mobile logbook device.

Cloud-based EHRs are increasingly working with drug manufacturers to deliver point-of-care advertisements embedded within the EHR.

Health and fitness app Lose It! announces this week that it will now integrate with Nike+ FuelBand

Forbes discusses the growth of digital health, calling it “perhaps the most significant short-term opportunity to positively impact medical practice,” before going on to cite EHR usability issues and copy-and-paste progress notes as alarming evidence of the dangers of digital health.

Travis’ recent post discussing physician excitement for (non-EMR) technology in healthcare is getting a lot of attention on Twitter. He rebuts the myth that physicians are resistant to technology, saying:

“Connected health apps, services, and devices have the potential to generate a never-ending supply of big data that machines will be able to analyze and turn into useful information, both for clinicians as well as patients. That will give us more insight into individuals and populations than we’ve ever had. If you can link that information to genetic data, then truly amazing things can happen.” – Travis Good, MD.

Inga, Dr. Jayne and Mr. H have announced the details of HIStalkapalooza. The event is being sponsored by Medicomp and will take place at Rock ‘n’ Bowl in NOLA on Monday, March 4. Inga and Dr. Jayne are mixing up signature drinks to go with the authentic Cajun food that will be served. For my money, Louisiana has the best food in the country hands down, so come with an appetite. If your social calendar is open, consider it your place of duty. Come in, get yourself a good and hearty meal, have a few drinks, and rub elbows with the top industry brass. Every reader of HIStalk, HIStalk Connect, and HIStalk Practice is cordially invited. Space is limited, so head over to the  registration page is now to put your name on the list.

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