The California Integrated Data Exchange and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange announced a merger that will create California’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit health information exchanges.

IBM signed a research initiative with the Food and Drug Administration to research whether blockchain technology can be used to securely record and share medical data.






HIMSS announced the winners of the first National Health IT Week Student Advocacy Challenge.






The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA).






The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Dec. 13 hosted a live demonstration of patient applications that import data from health IT vendors. These apps give patients access to a consolidated list of their medications from a variety of sources.






OptumRx, UnitedHealth Group’s free-standing pharmacy care services business, and CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, are partnering to provide more convenient choices and lower costs for patients while improving health outcomes.






The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a tool this month that automatically shares electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program. This tool is the first in a series to help reduce clinician burden and support high-quality patient care.






A new technology will make telemedicine more effective by giving physicians a way to get visually closer to patients.






Cerner has announced an agreement with American Well, a telehealth technology company focused on making online doctor visits accessible to everyone, to deliver a virtual health care experience within Cerner’s electronic health record system–an industry first.






County and local organizations can use the data displayed on the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect2Health map to understand what counties need the most health and broadband assistance and what policies could be created to improve health care and Internet access in specific areas.






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