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CTO Talk (#CTOTalk) discusses the issues, challenges, and opportunities transforming healthcare technology today, all from the CTO point of view with host Matt Ferrari. Matt’s guest is Dr Aaron Friedman, Healthcare & Life Sciences Technical Lead, AWS Partner Network. They discuss how technology (specifically on the AWS cloud) is helping advance innovation in healthcare including genomics.
Show rebroadcasts at 7:00am, 3:00pm and 11:00pm ET every weekday.
Conversations on Healthcare is brought to you by Community Health Center, Inc. Co-hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview thought leaders from the realm of health policy, health innovation, health technology and global health. On this episode their guest is Dr. Patrick Carroll, Chief Medical Officer at Walgreens Healthcare where he oversees the pharmacy chain’s expanded primary care and prevention health services in nearly 10 thousand retail pharmacies. They discuss Walgreens’ expansion of digital and telehealth interventions for behavioral health, medication compliance and chronic illness management, with expanded health services being offered in the pharmacy clinics.
On HITECH Answers
Interoperability: Moving Beyond Talk to Taking Action
Long a favorite topic of discussion among health IT insiders, interoperability has finally started to earn the attention of a wider industry audience.
To list just two of many possible recent examples: CMS illustrated its emphasis on the concept by relabeling the incentive program once known as “Meaningful Use” as the new and improved “Promoting Interoperability,” and six of the most prominent companies in technology – including Amazon, Microsoft and Google – publicly pledged to collaborate towards a future of true healthcare interoperability. Read the article.
On HealthData Answers
Referential Matching: The New Gold Standard in Patient Matching Technology
No matter what patient matching technology you use, and no matter what vendor it is from, it uses fundamentally the same approach to patient matching as every other technology. This is true whether you use the built-in master patient index (MPI) module in your EHR from Epic®, Cerner®, or another vendor, or whether you use an enterprise master patient index (EMPI) product from a vendor like IBM®.
All conventional patient matching technologies use algorithms to compare the demographic data from two patient records to determine if those records match—in other words, if they belong to the same person. If the demographic data is the same or very close, the technology determines that the records match. Read the article.
On RCM Answers
AMA Releases 2019 CPT Code Set
Updates to medicine’s common language reflect new technological and scientific advancements
The American Medical Association (AMA) (@AmerMedicalAssn) announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set. There are 335 code changes in the new CPT edition reflecting the CPT Editorial Panel and the health care community’s combined annual effort to capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services.
“The CPT code set is the foundation upon which every element of the medical community—doctors, hospitals, allied health professionals, laboratories and payers—can efficiently share accurate information about medical services,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “The latest annual changes to the CPT code set reflect new technological and scientific advancements available to mainstream clinical practice, and ensure the code set can fulfill its trusted role as the health system’s common language for reporting contemporary medical procedures. That’s why we believe CPT serves both as the language of medicine today and the code to its future.” Read the article.