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Verizon will introduce the first national service enabling doctors to securely exchange medical records no matter what computer system they use. The product, known as Secure Universal Message Services, will cost between $10 and $60 a month per user for doctor’s offices and hospitals and will allow providers to share data, texts and e-mails while still meeting U.S. privacy standards.

Six EHR companies – Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies and RelayHealth – announced their formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance to promote interoperability of electronic health records. The Alliance will be a collaborative effort of suppliers focused on achieving data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations. The Alliance is a step in the right direction when it comes to interoperability, and the move may even be credited, in part, to patient and clinician demands for interoperable EHRs and their associated benefits.

Wolters Kluwer Health announced today at HIMSS13 the release of the UpToDate Anywhere mobile app, an anytime/anywhere, comprehensive, evidence-based, clinical decision support tool. UpToDate Anywhere also offers back-end tools for healthcare IT administrators to streamline user registration and on-going user management. UpToDate Anywhere Subscriber Manager is a web-based tool for ambulatory group practices that allows administrators to add users, upload user groups and manage access efficiently.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is now accepting applications for potential membership for the new Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) Workgroup until March 8, 2013. The FDASIA is responsible for providing expert input on issues and concepts identified by FDA, ONC and FCC, in order to inform the development of a report on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology including mobile medical applications that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication.

Deloitte Consulting, LLP, and Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah based hospital system, formed a five year collaboration to use big data for providing healthcare analytics to the medical industry. The alliance will draw upon Intermountain’s digital data records since 1970, and aims to incorporate data from other leading health systems as well.

San Diego-based electronic medical record maker CliniComp International Inc. developed Essentris, a fetal heart rate monitoring mobile application. The app allows physicians to remotely monitor patients and their babies during labor. Daughters of Charity Health System, a six-hospital network in California, adopted the program systemwide, after a successful clinical evaluation at one of their San Jose locations.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a second Call for Proposals in the field of behavioral economics. RWJF is seeking ideas that will help them better understand how to discourage the consumption of low-value health services — those that provide more harm than benefit or which provide only marginal health benefits. In addition to improving health outcomes, this knowledge could contribute to lowering health care costs for us all. Behavioral economics is an area of study in which the Foundation has recently begun to invest.

Athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based EHRs, practice management, and care coordination services, proposed a Health Information Technology (HIT) ‘Code of Conduct’. The Code calls upon the health information industry, particularly electronic health record (EHR) vendors, to abide by five principles related to data portability, patient safety, provider freedom of choice, and Meaningful Use. The HIT Code of Conduct is a response to recent statements by National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari.

Dell is partnering with Red Hat, Intel, and VMware, to open a dedicated center where hospitals can test and deploy a new option for running EPIC Systems’ electronic health records software on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The hospitals can test their applications on a variety of Dell server and storage options, test configurations for end-user computing, perform cross-functional testing of other optimized solutions, and interact with all the primary third parties involved in a Linux deployment. The announcement was made at HIMSS 2013.

PathCentral, a cloud technology company, launched Digital Pathology Network, the first comprehensive online information exchange and digital consultation forum for global pathology community. The network allows physicians to upload case files using digital images for pathologists to review and render critical consulting diagnoses on both- global and domestic real-time basis. The company made the announcement at the 102nd United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting, in Baltimore.

Aetna introduced a new business unit brand called Healthagen, a portfolio of innovative and growing businesses that tackles the fundamental needs of greater value, coordination and transparency in health care. Healthagen unifies Aetna’s population health management solutions and health information technologies from businesses that include ActiveHealth Management, iTriage and Medicity. Healthagen also develops new businesses, while Accountable Care Solutions (ACS) from Aetna combines Healthagen capabilities to deliver integrated population health management, advanced technology and health plan services.

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