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Health Information Interoperability Can Prevent Medical Errors

Recent research from Johns Hopkins, once again identified medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the US. A patient is injured by a preventable medical error every 5 seconds in this country. But what is being done about it?
Since the original report in 1999 by the Institute of Medicine, “To Err is Human” only modest inroads have been made. Diagnostic errors, medication errors, discharge errors, monitoring and communication errors are abundant in the US healthcare system, accidentally killing infants, children and adults. Continue reading

John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

HIMSS 2017 – ONC & FHA Highlight Innovations in Health Information Sharing

John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

KUDOS once again to the IRIS Team supporting the HHS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) at the Annual HIMSS Conference held in Orlando, FL (February 19-23, 2017).  Eric Larson, John Forrester, Alberto Llanes and Caitlin Ryan did outstanding work both behind the scenes and up-front and center in organizing, supporting and presenting at the Government Interoperability Showcase and the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion.  

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Connect 4.6 Released as an eHealth Exchange Validated Product

On March 17, 2016, the CONNECT Gateway for Health Information Exchange released CONNECT 4.6 to the developer community and healthcare marketplace as a fully tested and approved eHealth Exchange Validated Product. CONNECT 4.6 includes an Audit Logging System Administration Module with a viewer that enables users to search and view audit events. These enhancements to audit logging improve usability particularly for transaction monitoring, troubleshooting and reporting and are fully compliant with NwHIN/ATNA audit message requirements for Patient Discovery (PD), Query for Documents (QD), Retrieve Documents (RD), Document Submission (DS), and SOAP/X12 services. Continue reading

Healthcare CyberSecurity: Securing Patient Data isn’t the Only Challenge

Recent security breaches instigated by hackers targeting the healthcare industry, particularly health insurance providers, are focusing our attention on the range of challenges faced in the securing of confidential patient data.

Myriad security issues were recently discussed by senior healthcare security executives representing five major hospitals and the HIMSS Foundation in an industry forum, “Cybersecurity in Healthcare: The Growing Challenge of Securing Patient Data”, conducted in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2015. The panel discussion was in-depth and lively, demonstrating real-world security experience within the healthcare industry, as well as with other government agencies, the military, and private sector businesses. Continue reading

Think Tank: Special Report on Health-Care Design

 

On March 27th, 2015, in the Chicago office of architecture firm, HDR, one of the recognized leaders in the field of healthcare facility design, a roundtable discussion on a broad range of healthcare design issues took place. Hosted by Metropolis Magazine, a leading architecture and design publication, architects, designers, materials manufacturers, and representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA) participated in a thoughtful discourse on an architectural design process that must facilitate the daily activities and interactions of all the users of healthcare facilities, including the impact on processes and people of new technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs). Continue reading

The Intrinsic Business Value of Enterprise Architecture for Healthcare Organizations

 

The following are excerpts from a recent article by David E. Clark, IRIS President, published in the August 2015 edition of “The Pulse – A Bi-Monthly Newsletter” from the Federal Health Architecture.

Introduction

Enterprise architecture is one of the more commonly misunderstood technical disciplines, leaving healthcare business and policy professionals pondering the usefulness of it. The intrinsic business value is that enterprise architecture can save time, money and improve business and policy functions by developing clear baselines that lead to improved organizational awareness and decision making. If leveraged correctly, enterprise architecture can provide the framework to support sound technology choices, timely business process improvements and improved policies to support specific missions or functions. Continue reading