Health Data

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Standards Beyond the Clinic: Capturing Patient Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine

Brittney Boakye | January 26, 2021

Does the neighborhood I live in affect my health? How am I going to be able to see the specialist without a car? Can I share blood pressure and blood sugar readings I take at home with my doctor so she can monitor how I’m doing? These critical questions have helped to drive precision medicine research as well as improving care management and coordination.

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Taking a LEAP: Transposing the Apps Model for Individual Health Records to Population Health

Tracy Okubo | December 18, 2020

Because of advances in interoperability, it’s becoming increasingly common for people and their healthcare providers to access and share information from electronic health records (EHRs) using apps. Could this same approach allow large-scale data sharing between healthcare provider organizations, payors (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers), or public health officials? An app providing shared insights into a common dataset could transform the way value-based care is delivered and measured.

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Exploring a New Computing Model to Enhance Health Care Analysis

Naresh Sundar Rajan | December 10, 2020

This post was written by guest contributors.
To battle the COVID-19 pandemic, health professionals need immediate access to relevant health data in order to inform clinical decision making, conduct timely research, understand trends, and inform response efforts.
The pandemic, though, highlighted a known shortcoming of our nation’s health data infrastructure. Decision makers, like health care providers, must rely on information reporting services outside the health care system to obtain real-time epidemiological data that, even then,

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Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019

Steven Posnack | October 1, 2018

Recent blog posts from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  highlight the importance of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they fit into the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures Act) implementation. Today, new analysis shows that the United States (US) might be at a turning point when it comes to the adoption and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard in health information technology (health IT). To understand how we got to this point,

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