Health IT

Information technology is still fairly new and untested in health care, making experimentation, analysis and evaluation critically important. CHCF regularly conducts research and commissions surveys and reports on emerging technology trends and related policy and regulatory issues. Below are related publications.

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Hackers Mine Secrets of California's Health Data Motherlode

June 2015

Technologists, government officials, developers, community organizers, and passionate citizens converge to use state health data as a springboard to addressing many of California's biggest issues.

Technology for the Way We Work

June 2015

CHCF's president previews her June 17 presentation at the National Healthcare Innovation Summit about the start-ups the foundation has invested in and their potential to disrupt the health care status quo.

Innovation Webinar: Patient Registration, Surveys, and More with Digital Tools

Held: March 16, 2015

This webinar highlights software that enables providers to replace clipboards full of paper forms with a low-cost digital communication platform.

Call for Entries: Diabetic Retinopathy Detection

February 2015

Diabetic retinopathy is a real-world problem that can benefit from a simulation-based solution. Join the Kaggle competition to develop an automated detection program. Entries are due July 20.

Seamless Medical Systems: Supporting Patient Registration, Data Capture, and Education

January 2015

CHCF invests in Seamless Medical Systems, whose software enables patients to enter demographics, clinical history, and more on an iPad, eliminating most paper forms.

Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains in Electronic Health Records

January 2015

Social and behavioral factors — such as exposure to violence or tobacco — affect health. An IOM report looks at how these data might be captured in EHRs and used in clinical care.

CHCF Invests in Seamless Medical Systems

January 20, 2015

CHCF invests in Seamless Medical Systems, whose software enables patients to enter demographics, clinical history, and more on an iPad, eliminating most paper forms.

Survival of the Fittest: Health Care Accelerators Evolve Toward Specialization

October 2014

Accelerators aim to nurture health care entrepreneurs and startup companies until they can compete in the marketplace. To survive in a tough environment, they are starting to specialize.

Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians

July 2014

Common visual cues, like a car speedometer, simplify the use of complicated machines. To ease the learning curve for electronic health records (EHR), CHCF supported the development of an interface style guide.

Here's Looking at You: How Personal Health Information Is Being Tracked and Used

July 2014

People who use cell phones, credit cards, websites, store coupons, and medical devices leave a trail of data that are often harnessed by third parties, sometimes without consumers' knowledge.

Big Data in Health Care: Using Analytics to Identify and Manage High-Risk and High-Cost Patients

July 2014

A Health Affairs article explores the value big data and clinical analytics could bring to health care, especially under payment reform.

Pilot of the Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

May 2014

Providers are now allowed to prescribe controlled substances electronically, but few do. CHCF sought to understand the challenges and barriers to doing so.

Webinar — Electronic Referral and Consultation (eCR) Systems: Improving Primary and Specialty Care Collaboration

Held: May 28, 2014

Learn about SFGH's eReferral system, how it has been implemented at BWH and CHCI, and the benefits of and barriers to spreading this model.

ELINCS: The National Lab Data Standard for Electronic Health Records

March 2014

The EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) standardizes the formatting and coding of electronic messages exchanged between clinical laboratories and ambulatory EHRs. Adopting clinical data standards such as ELINCS helps health care providers deliver the right care by making information available at the right time.

Testing Health Information Exchange via DIRECT Messaging

March 2014

Electronic health records (EHRs) offer many benefits, but security firewalls make sharing information digitally with outside providers nearly impossible. Learn about a pilot that is aiming to change this.

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