Healthcare Integration Roundup – April 22, 2011

We’re starting a new feature on the Caristix blog: a quick weekly roundup of noteworthy news, articles, and comments on healthcare integration and healthcare IT.

This week we have interoperability in Stage 2 and 3, an interview on medical device integration, and thoughts on refills from EMRs.


The cloud outage and its impact on EMRs via @EntegrationBlog
Yesterday, a data center belonging to cloud computing leader Amazon went down, taking dozens of web-based applications with it. Read about the 3 questions a medical practice should be asking if they’re in the market for an EMR.

Intertwined between the lines on
Interoperability will be big in Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements for Meaningful Use. But will the standards be ready?

Lab Interoperability Cooperative via @jhalamka
Announcing a new collaborative network for connecting hospital labs to public health agencies.

HIStalk interviews Carlos Nunez MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareFusion via @histalk
Read about the CareFusion vision for tying medical devices and IT to create actionable information at the point of care.

Not Fully Baked via @motorcycle_guy
The CDA Consolidation Project had three months to develop tools and produce an implementation guide. Read standards guru Keith Boone’s take on the project.

How an EMR can be shockingly inconvenient for prescription refills via @kevinmd
Thirteen (count ’em) steps to a prescription refill. A combination of poor GUI design and lack of integration?