Article: Is California ready to open health care to undocumented adults? Latino leaders say yes

Document, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Is California ready to open health care to undocumented adults? Latino leaders say yes

Members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus announced this week they are prioritizing two health care bills that would expand Medi-Cal coverage for nearly 1 million undocumented adults. The Democratic lawmakers have carried similar bills in the past only to see them fail, largely over concerns about costs.

This time, they’re optimistic because of the state’s rosy budget outlook — tax revenue is coming in billions of dollars over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s January estimates — and because the coronavirus pandemic highlighted inequities in the state’s health care system.

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Article: The key to interoperability: safe, secure access to patient health data

Access, Open Data, Open Health

The key to interoperability: safe, secure access to patient health data

Patient data needs to be free and aggregated in a single location, when needed, but that is nearly impossible in today’s siloed healthcare environment where information blocking is rampant. Often times electronic health record (EHR) system A doesn’t speak with radiology software B. Many transitions of care are still transmitted by fax. Mounds of paper documents are piling up. And legacy software systems don’t interact with current technology, leaving large gaps in a patient’s health record.

Giving patients unfettered access to their healthcare information is the impetus behind two federal efforts, the 21stCentury Cures Act and the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule (CMS-9115-F). Together, they are designed to enable the healthcare data ecosystem through application programming interfaces (APIs) that will allow patients convenient access to their records through smartphone apps and other electronic methods.

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Article: Open health data, closed wallets

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Open health data, closed wallets

Few issues pervade our economy, our work, and our everyday lives to the extent that healthcare does. And even fewer among those subject matters have been so intensely studied and reformed with impressively little public comprehension. Healthcare is complicated.

At Coding It Forward, we decided to tackle the behemoth of an issue on two fronts: access and affordability.
A few weeks ago, our group participated in HackBeanpot, a hackathon for Boston-area college students. We took it as an opportunity to delve deeper into the issue of healthcare costs and to discover what we, as technologists and students, could do about it.

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