7 Recent Stories About Health IT Research Initiatives

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An increasing number of universities, foundations and companies have embarked on research projects and partnerships to help the healthcare industry use health IT to adapt to both to new government regulations and reimbursement models as well as an expanding and aging patient population.

Here are seven stories on health IT research initiatives published this month, beginning with the most recent.

1. Cerner Partners With Claritas to Integrate Next-Gen Sequence Testing into Healthcare
Cerner partnered with Claritas Genomics to develop a scalable laboratory solution for molecular diagnostics designed for next-generation sequencing workflows, aiming to advance the use of personalized medicine across the healthcare industry.

2. University of Pittsburgh Researchers Digitize Public Health Records to Improve Public Health
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health created a free, publicly available database featuring 125 years' worth of weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the U.S., with the goal of providing a resource for public health officials and others working to prevent outbreaks.

3. Epic to Share Source Codes With OHSU Researchers
Epic partnered with Oregon Health & Science University in Portland to create two laboratory environments of EpicCare at OSHU for research into biomedical and health informatics.

4. Case Western, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals Launch Big Data Collaboration
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are making their big data even bigger — the three Cleveland-based organizations partnered to share clinical data to increase researchers' abilities to draw actionable insights.

5. South Carolina Hospitals Embrace Big Data With Statewide Patient Record Database
A group of South Carolina hospitals and universities began using a statewide database containing records on 2.3 million patients with the goal of improving care delivery across the state.

6. 50M De-Identified Patient Records Now Available to Public, Researchers
A new cloud-based database that provides public access to approximately 50 million de-identified patient records going back five years was launched with the support of the White House Office of Science and Technology.

7. How Scripps Health is Making the Case for mHealth
San Diego-based Scripps Health's Scripps Translational Science Institute launched the "Wired for Health" study, which aims to determine if mobile interventions can reduce healthcare spending among patients with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart arrhythmias.

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