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CMS releases new data exchange rule for health records

The federal government has released a proposed rule designed to make electronic health records from different commercial developers share data and work together.

The rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is based on longstanding plans by ONC to build an interoperable health data system in which health care providers can share data, with an eye to lowering costs, reducing duplicative tests and information gathering, and giving patients a platform for accessing their own health data.

The proposed regulations in the 431-page document released March 20 would create a regulatory framework around the “interoperability roadmap” ONC released this January. The new rule would update the requirements for ONC certification of EHRs to include data portability and a standardized data dictionary. The new rule also would require the adoption of application programming interface functionality to facilitate data exchange. Additionally, it would extend health IT certification to categories of providers who aren’t eligible for EHR adoption subsidies granted by Congress as part of the 2009 economic stimulus, including mental health and long-term care providers.

Other changes include new requirements for price transparency among vendors, to disclose potentially hidden costs of data exchange among systems, and costs associated with changing or upgrading systems. The rule also would expand the categories of information captured during the testing of certified health IT products. ONC intends to release that information as open data, in machine readable format, within the next 18 months.

The specifics of the new rule likely won’t come as much of a surprise to any of the leading EHR providers. The path toward interoperability rules has included industry and stakeholder participation in federal advisory committees designed to foster a degree of consensus on what a health record should contain, and the rules of the road for exchanging information by competing systems.

“ONC’s proposed rule will be an integral component in the shared nationwide effort to achieve an interoperable health system,” said Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT.

According to CMS, more than 433,000 medical providers and hospitals have received incentives for EHR adoption since a $30 billion incentive program launched in 2011 – that’s about 95 percent of hospitals and 60 percent of eligible practitioners.

The interoperability rule accompanied the release of the proposed rule for the third and final stage of the Meaningful Use regime, under which providers attest to their use of certified electronic health records in order to qualify for incentive payments, and avoid getting hit with penalties in their Medicare compensation that begin in 2018.

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Smart Bandage’ To Detect Bedsores Before They Become Visible On Skin

Smart Bandage’ To Detect Bedsores Before They Become Visible On Skin

Smart Bandage
UC Berkeley engineers are developing a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from bedsores before they become visible. 

Actor Christopher Reeve died of an infection resulting from a pressure ulcer, commonly known as a bedsore, following years of paralysis. While bedsores do not commonly cause death, they affect an estimated 2.5 million Americans each year and often become difficult to treat. Now, engineers at UC Berkeley are developing a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from bedsores before they become visible — and while recovery is still possible.

“We are beginning a small clinical trial at UCSF,” Dr. Michel Maharbiz, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, told Medical Daily. If all goes well, then, smart bandages may soon be available for use.

Bedsores, which are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, develop most often on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the hips and tailbone. People at risk for these pressure ulcers are those who are confined to a bed or, like Reeve, people with medical conditions requiring use of a wheelchair. The increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity has increased the risk for bedsores, which can develop quickly and cause considerable pain and expense.

The odds of a hospital patient dying are nearly three times higher when they have pressure ulcers, according to some research.

“By the time you see signs of a bedsore on the surface of the skin, it’s usually too late,” Dr. Michael Harrison, a professor of surgery at UCSF and a co-author of the new study, said in a press statement.

Beneath the Surface

“My group had been considering ideas for monitoring the state of wounds (and maybe eventually affect wound healing) using technology for a few years,” Maharbiz told Medical Daily.

As leader of the research project, he envisioned a bandage that could detect bedsores as they are forming below the surface of the skin. To accomplish this, the research team thought about the electrical changes that occur whenever a healthy cell begins to die. Normally, a cell’s membrane is relatively impermeable and acts essentially like an insulator to the cell’s conductive contents. However, as a cell starts to die, the integrity of its walls also begin to break down, allowing electrical signals to leak out as they would from a broken resistor.

Based on this model, the researchers began the creation of a smart bandage by printing an array of electrodes onto a thin, flexible film. They found that a small current discharged between the electrodes would create a spatial map of any underlying tissue based upon electricity flows at different frequencies. (This technique involved impedance spectroscopy.)

To test their new bandage, the researchers needed a test subject, so they gently squeezed the bare skin of rats between two magnets as a way to mimic a pressure wound. After removing the magnets, resumption of normal blood flow caused inflammation and damage that accelerated cell death in the rats. Next, the researchers attached the non-invasive “smart bandage” to the skin of the injured rats. With consistency, the bandage was able to detect varying degrees of tissue damage, invisible to the human eye, across multiple animals and tracked the progress of the wounds.

For more information, watch the UC Berkeley video below:

Source: Swisher SL, Lin MC, Liao A, et al. Impedance sensing device enables early detection of pressure ulcers in vivo. Nature Communications. 2015.

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Smart Bandage’ To Detect Bedsores Before They Become Visible On Skin

Smart Bandage’ To Detect Bedsores Before They Become Visible On Skin

Smart Bandage
UC Berkeley engineers are developing a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from bedsores before they become visible. 

Actor Christopher Reeve died of an infection resulting from a pressure ulcer, commonly known as a bedsore, following years of paralysis. While bedsores do not commonly cause death, they affect an estimated 2.5 million Americans each year and often become difficult to treat. Now, engineers at UC Berkeley are developing a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from bedsores before they become visible — and while recovery is still possible.

“We are beginning a small clinical trial at UCSF,” Dr. Michel Maharbiz, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, told Medical Daily. If all goes well, then, smart bandages may soon be available for use.

Bedsores, which are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, develop most often on skin that covers bony areas of the body, such as the hips and tailbone. People at risk for these pressure ulcers are those who are confined to a bed or, like Reeve, people with medical conditions requiring use of a wheelchair. The increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity has increased the risk for bedsores, which can develop quickly and cause considerable pain and expense.

The odds of a hospital patient dying are nearly three times higher when they have pressure ulcers, according to some research.

“By the time you see signs of a bedsore on the surface of the skin, it’s usually too late,” Dr. Michael Harrison, a professor of surgery at UCSF and a co-author of the new study, said in a press statement.

Beneath the Surface

“My group had been considering ideas for monitoring the state of wounds (and maybe eventually affect wound healing) using technology for a few years,” Maharbiz told Medical Daily.

As leader of the research project, he envisioned a bandage that could detect bedsores as they are forming below the surface of the skin. To accomplish this, the research team thought about the electrical changes that occur whenever a healthy cell begins to die. Normally, a cell’s membrane is relatively impermeable and acts essentially like an insulator to the cell’s conductive contents. However, as a cell starts to die, the integrity of its walls also begin to break down, allowing electrical signals to leak out as they would from a broken resistor.

Based on this model, the researchers began the creation of a smart bandage by printing an array of electrodes onto a thin, flexible film. They found that a small current discharged between the electrodes would create a spatial map of any underlying tissue based upon electricity flows at different frequencies. (This technique involved impedance spectroscopy.)

To test their new bandage, the researchers needed a test subject, so they gently squeezed the bare skin of rats between two magnets as a way to mimic a pressure wound. After removing the magnets, resumption of normal blood flow caused inflammation and damage that accelerated cell death in the rats. Next, the researchers attached the non-invasive “smart bandage” to the skin of the injured rats. With consistency, the bandage was able to detect varying degrees of tissue damage, invisible to the human eye, across multiple animals and tracked the progress of the wounds.

For more information, watch the UC Berkeley video below:

Source: Swisher SL, Lin MC, Liao A, et al. Impedance sensing device enables early detection of pressure ulcers in vivo. Nature Communications. 2015.

Negative pressure wound therapy is a great alternative accelerated wound healing for diabetic ulcers, bed sores, venous ulcers, and post-op wounds.

TCC-EZ Casting System dramatically increases healing process of diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetics once facing the prospect of amputation to their lower limbs due to the effects of foot ulcers are now back on their feet thanks to a new technology.

Foot ulcers are common for diabetics as they often suffer from reduced sensation on the skin. Even a slightly high blood sugar level can, over time, damage some nerves – a diabetes-related issue called peripheral neuropathy.

If sensation is lost in parts of the foot, it can be difficult to know if the foot has suffered any damage. This also means it is difficult to protect small wounds by not walking on them – and the wounds can rapidly deteriorate and develop into ulcers. Foot ulcers are prone to infection and can quickly become severe and in some cases lead to amputation.

This was the case for William Hutchinson, 57, from Havant, a Type Two diabetic who has suffered from recurrent foot ulcers on both feet for a number of years and was on the verge of having to have a toe on his left foot amputated.

Mr Hutchinson said:

I have very little feeling in my feet, so any cut or nick I get on my feet can quickly turn in to an ulcer.

I attended clinics for months due to an ulcer which I had on my big toe. I was wearing an air cast walker to try and heal the ulcer, which I’d had for 13 months in total – but this caused an ulcer to develop on my other foot because I was unbalanced. I had the second ulcer for four months.

When Mr Hutchinson was referred to Solent NHS Trust’s specialist Podiatry Team at St James Hospital in Portsmouth, they suggested a very new approach – and the results were quickly evident.

Mr Hutchinson continued:

My podiatrist suggested I try a new type of total contact cast – and that I try it on both feet. I believe I was the first person in the UK to have been treated with the cast on both feet – and it worked brilliantly. I was absolutely amazed. After 12 weeks, I’ve virtually healed.

The technology is called the TCC-EZ – and is a Total Contact Casting system. Total Contact Casting is considered the gold standard of care for off-loading diabetic foot ulcers.

The TCC-EZ, from Dermasciences Europe, is a one-piece, roll-on, woven cast that can be applied in just ten minutes by the podiatrist. It works by promoting healing of the wound by minimising pressure and friction, as the TCC-EZ redistributes the weight away from the wounds, meaning it can heal even while the patient is walking.

Mr Hutchinson attended a specialist podiatry clinic at St James’ Hospital, part of Solent NHS Trust. Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which works with Solent NHS Trust as a partner organisation, has one of the highest amputation rates in the country at 4.3 per 1,000 adults with diabetes – with the neighbouring Fareham and Gosport CCG highest at 5.1 per 1,000, compared to the national average of 2.6 per 1,000.

The podiatry clinic, led by Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner Emily Sambrook, was trialling the new technology and asked Mr Hutchinson if he would like to take part – and the results were dramatic.

Emily Sambrook, Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner at Solent NHS Trust, said:

As a clinician, I’m always a little sceptical about new technologies – but the TCC-EZ is the best new technology I’ve experienced. Patients who have been seen for many months with little improvement are now healing, in some cases, within eight weeks, which is absolutely fantastic.

The TCC-EZ is an easy one-stop system– and means I don’t have to refer patients to have a plaster cast technician, at which point I might lose the patient in the system. This means I can progress a programme of care which allows the patient to follow the right routine and heal more quickly.

The system also significantly reduces the chance of amputation. We can use the TCC-EZ to dramatically increase the healing process of foot ulcers by reducing planter pressures – which typically takes many months – and results in less risk of infection. Less risk of infection ultimately means less risk of amputation.

Our patients often suffer from depression as they can’t do what they normally do and can’t see an end-goal. They will often ask how long the healing process will take. Using a traditional method, it’s very difficult to allocate a timeframe – but now I can provide an end-point based on evidence. The patients we’ve been dealing with have been amazed how quickly they are healing – and that has had a dramatic effect on their quality of life.

In just 12 weeks Mr Hutchinson went from having ulcers on both feet, with one wound at a depth of 10mm – to almost fully healed and will soon be back on his feet and out walking his dog.

Mr Hutchings continued:

I’m looking forward to getting out walking again – which is my big love. I’m pretty close to getting to that point now, which is just amazing.

“I’ve now got the correct footwear, which has been specially made, so I can get back to being outdoors – and fingers crossed, everything should be ok now.

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TCC-EZ Casting System dramatically increases healing process of diabetic foot ulcers

Diabetics once facing the prospect of amputation to their lower limbs due to the effects of foot ulcers are now back on their feet thanks to a new technology.

Foot ulcers are common for diabetics as they often suffer from reduced sensation on the skin. Even a slightly high blood sugar level can, over time, damage some nerves – a diabetes-related issue called peripheral neuropathy.

If sensation is lost in parts of the foot, it can be difficult to know if the foot has suffered any damage. This also means it is difficult to protect small wounds by not walking on them – and the wounds can rapidly deteriorate and develop into ulcers. Foot ulcers are prone to infection and can quickly become severe and in some cases lead to amputation.

This was the case for William Hutchinson, 57, from Havant, a Type Two diabetic who has suffered from recurrent foot ulcers on both feet for a number of years and was on the verge of having to have a toe on his left foot amputated.

Mr Hutchinson said:

I have very little feeling in my feet, so any cut or nick I get on my feet can quickly turn in to an ulcer.

I attended clinics for months due to an ulcer which I had on my big toe. I was wearing an air cast walker to try and heal the ulcer, which I’d had for 13 months in total – but this caused an ulcer to develop on my other foot because I was unbalanced. I had the second ulcer for four months.

When Mr Hutchinson was referred to Solent NHS Trust’s specialist Podiatry Team at St James Hospital in Portsmouth, they suggested a very new approach – and the results were quickly evident.

Mr Hutchinson continued:

My podiatrist suggested I try a new type of total contact cast – and that I try it on both feet. I believe I was the first person in the UK to have been treated with the cast on both feet – and it worked brilliantly. I was absolutely amazed. After 12 weeks, I’ve virtually healed.

The technology is called the TCC-EZ – and is a Total Contact Casting system. Total Contact Casting is considered the gold standard of care for off-loading diabetic foot ulcers.

The TCC-EZ, from Dermasciences Europe, is a one-piece, roll-on, woven cast that can be applied in just ten minutes by the podiatrist. It works by promoting healing of the wound by minimising pressure and friction, as the TCC-EZ redistributes the weight away from the wounds, meaning it can heal even while the patient is walking.

Mr Hutchinson attended a specialist podiatry clinic at St James’ Hospital, part of Solent NHS Trust. Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which works with Solent NHS Trust as a partner organisation, has one of the highest amputation rates in the country at 4.3 per 1,000 adults with diabetes – with the neighbouring Fareham and Gosport CCG highest at 5.1 per 1,000, compared to the national average of 2.6 per 1,000.

The podiatry clinic, led by Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner Emily Sambrook, was trialling the new technology and asked Mr Hutchinson if he would like to take part – and the results were dramatic.

Emily Sambrook, Podiatrist Advanced Practitioner at Solent NHS Trust, said:

As a clinician, I’m always a little sceptical about new technologies – but the TCC-EZ is the best new technology I’ve experienced. Patients who have been seen for many months with little improvement are now healing, in some cases, within eight weeks, which is absolutely fantastic.

The TCC-EZ is an easy one-stop system– and means I don’t have to refer patients to have a plaster cast technician, at which point I might lose the patient in the system. This means I can progress a programme of care which allows the patient to follow the right routine and heal more quickly.

The system also significantly reduces the chance of amputation. We can use the TCC-EZ to dramatically increase the healing process of foot ulcers by reducing planter pressures – which typically takes many months – and results in less risk of infection. Less risk of infection ultimately means less risk of amputation.

Our patients often suffer from depression as they can’t do what they normally do and can’t see an end-goal. They will often ask how long the healing process will take. Using a traditional method, it’s very difficult to allocate a timeframe – but now I can provide an end-point based on evidence. The patients we’ve been dealing with have been amazed how quickly they are healing – and that has had a dramatic effect on their quality of life.

In just 12 weeks Mr Hutchinson went from having ulcers on both feet, with one wound at a depth of 10mm – to almost fully healed and will soon be back on his feet and out walking his dog.

Mr Hutchings continued:

I’m looking forward to getting out walking again – which is my big love. I’m pretty close to getting to that point now, which is just amazing.

“I’ve now got the correct footwear, which has been specially made, so I can get back to being outdoors – and fingers crossed, everything should be ok now.

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Prime Healthcare Acquires Hospitals in Texas, Alabama, Pa.

Prime Healthcare Services, which has not yet announced if it will proceed with a pending $843 million deal to acquire six troubled hospitals in California from Daughters of Charity Health Systems — despite stringent conditions imposed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris (I-W, March 6) — has meanwhile closed acquisition of two hospitals from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems: Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, Texas, and Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, Ala., as well as related outpatient services.

“Prime Healthcare looks forward to continuing extraordinary care at both Dallas Regional and Riverview Regional,” said Dr. Prem Reddy, Indian American chairman and CEO of Prime Healthcare, in a statement.

Dallas Regional, founded in 1926, is a 202-bed acute-care hospital serving Dallas County and the nearby area. One of the largest employers in Mesquite with about 550 employees, the hospital has a da Vinci Surgical System, a heart and vascular center, a MAKO robotic surgery system and a wound care and hyperbaric center.

It gives Prime Healthcare a presence of five facilities in Texas.

Riverview Regional is a 281-bed acute-care hospital serving more than 350,000 residents in Etowah County and its environs. It has an endoscopy and bronchoscopy lab, heartburn treatment center, imaging center, sleep lab and wound care and hyperbaric center.  Riverview is Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare’s first facility in Alabama.

It was also announced March 2 that Prime has acquired Mercy Suburban Hospital, 126-bed Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, Pa., from Mercy Health Systems, part of the nation’s largest tax-exempt health systems, Livonia, Mich.,-based Trinity Health. The price of the deal was not disclosed. The hospital lost $5.4 million on $54.6 million in revenue in the six months ended Dec. 31, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Prime Healthcare now has 34 acute-care hospitals in 11 states.

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Medicare Advantage Average Payment Cuts hurts our Seniors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes to slash Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D (MAPD) plan payments next year by an average payment cut of .95 percent, as stated in February’s 2016 Calendar Year (CY) Advance Notice.

CMS outlined extensive planned changes in the MA capitation rate methodology and risk adjustment methodology in the notice, requesting public comments be completed for consideration by March 6.179071893

A continuation of cuts will negatively impact plans, providers, and beneficiaries, says Linda Fishman, American Hospital Association (AHA) Senior Vice President of Public Policy Analysis and Development, in a March 6 letter to CMS.

Fishman expresses unease that a cap on total risk-adjustment payments at pre-2000 levels starting in 2017 would “limit the benefit of risk-adjustment which is needed for the sustainability of plans that enroll higher acuity populations.”

Repeated MA and MAPD cuts, says Fishman, will ensue heightened premiums, increased cost sharing, confined provider networks, and cutbacks to non-Medicare benefits.

“The continuing cuts,” continues Fishman, “make the MA program less practicable and may curtail the expansion of provider-based MA plans or even reduce participation, resulting in fewer provider plan options for beneficiaries.”

AHA does not recommend CMS proceed with its proposed 2017 coding pattern adjustment to cap.

“By doing so, CMS would establish a fixed pool of risk-adjustment dollars whereby improvements in risk scores might become a zero-sum game in which a plan can only improve its risk-adjusted payments if another plan’s is reduced,” Fishman states.

AHA backs CMS proposals to define best practices and expectations for in-home health risk assessments and supports a proposal to define best practices and expectations to allow MA enrollees to fully benefit from in-home health risk assessments.

AHA also concurs with additional proposals to reduce the weight of six star ratings measures while it evaluates socioeconomic status outcomes. AHA pushes CMS to update its star rating approach.

“Many Medicare Advantage Organizations {MAOs) and provider organizations are engaging in new and creative arrangements that share financial risk and emphasize expanded care management and coordination. Value-based arrangements, such as these, aim to reduce costs while improving health outcomes and enrollee satisfaction,” states Fishman.

AHA also advocates CMS closely monitor MA plan networks for network adequacy standard adherence.

Fishman encourages a CMS proposal to dissociate emergent and urgent care from applying to an enrollee’s deductible so an enrollee will not be financially liable for an amount beyond a copay or coinsurance amount. She also urges CMS to allow an out of pocket copay or coinsurance to count toward fulfillment of a deductible plan.

The Advance Notice from CMS describes a trifold approach to monitor compliance regulation, including direct monitoring, development of a new audit protocol, and compliance and/or enforcement actions.

To enable greater interoperability, CMS additionally is considering instituting a requirement for MAOs to electronically provide updated network information in a standardized format that will eventually be included in a nationwide provider database.

“CMS may view inaccurate provider directories as an indication that the MAO may be failing established CMS standards,” says CMS.

“Additional research into what is driving the differential performance on a subset of measures is necessary before any permanent changes in the Star Ratings measurements can be considered,” CMS states. “However, our preliminary analyses have revealed both practical and statistically significant evidence of differential outcomes for Dual/LIS beneficiaries for the [six Part C Measures].”

As CMS proposes to make exceptions and appeals more manageable and available for beneficiaries, AHA maintains reducing enrollee confusion will improve the overall appeals process.

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2 bills proposed take aim at CMS data transparancy

Congressional legislators pushed forward two prosed bills to enhance health awareness conveyance — one to support interoperability among EHR frameworks and the other to advance the straightforwardness of Medicare and Medicaid wellbeing information to fuel proficiency and cut expenses.

U.S. Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) on Monday re-presented enactment called the Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act that would accommodate more noteworthy access to Medicare and Medicaid claims information by modernizing and transforming the Qualified Entity (QE) project, as indicated by a news discharge from Baldwin and Thune.

The QE project was made by Congress to permits associations to get to and dissect extensive Medicare information for select purposes. The proposed law would decrease limitations on which associations can partake in the QE program and what QEs can do with the Medicare information once they have gotten it.

[Healthcare IT News Q&A: CMS cheif information researcher Niall Brennnan.]

The enactment would permit associations getting Medicare information to investigate and redistribute it to approved supporters (safety net providers, wellbeing frameworks, and doctors) with the goal that endorsers can settle on more educated choices. It would likewise permit those elements to charge an expense to their supporters so that the associations can direct strong investigations to enhance health awareness quality and diminish costs.

The enactment, initially presented by Baldwin and Thune in the last Congress, is embraced by an expansive coalition, including: AARP, American Academy of Family Physicians, ASC Association, Health Collaborative, National Coalition on Health Care, National Association of Manufacturers, National Consumers League, and others, as indicated by the news discharge.

Baldwin and Thune’s proposed bill goes ahead the heels of a 25-page draft charge that U.S. Rep. Mike Burgess, R-Texas, circled a weekend ago to laydown a plan for arriving at interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by 2018.

The bill would secure a congressionally named bulletin advisory group to build up a standard for interoperability that EHR frameworks would need to meet by 2018 to pick up affirmation, as per Politico. Under the bill, current government admonitory advisory groups would be supplanted by a 12-part board picked on a bipartisan premise.

The board would suggest principles for measuring interoperability by July 2016, that year the U.S. Bureau of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is commanded to blueprint which hindrances exist to interoperability. The DHHS is obliged to rundown particular violators by 2018.

The proposed bills come as five congresspersons, including Thune, freely condemned the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for the current absence of interoperability in a Health Affairs post.

“Innumerable electronic wellbeing record sellers, doctor’s facility pioneers, doctors, scientists, and thought pioneers have let us know over and over that interoperability is important to attain to the guarantee of a more productive wellbeing framework for patients, suppliers, and citizens,” they compose

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