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Bob Mitchell

Pittsburgh-based payor HealthAmerica and Preferred Primary Care Physicians have launched a pilot program to provide coordinated and patient-centered primary care through improved communications with patients, physicians and care teams.

At a recent keynote address, Health Information Exchange: The Next Frontier, David Blumenthal, MD, the former national coordinator of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, challenged the audience to develop a healthcare system that serves every constituent of the U.S. healthcare system from researchers to providers and payors and to the financial community.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced up to $13.2 million in grants to support the expansion of health IT in settings that serve people with mental and substance use disorders.

Despite challenges in data transmission, continued use of EHRs to track population health is important in demonstrating the value of health IT adoption and improving the quality of care in the primary care setting, based on a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, posted online Aug. 19.

Applying a collaborative filtering methodology to medication reconciliation lists can better predict drugs that patients could take, but may miss complete patient medication lists which can negatively affect patient outcomes, researchers found.