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Morning Read: Untethered PHRs, nirvana of EHRs, Wharton’s Great 8

Cognovant has secured $500,000 in seed funding to promote its untethered personal health record app. The company believes its PocketHealth mobile PHR will provide the missing interoperability link to connect health data from multiple providers. It plans to release a free version and two paid apps for Apple and Android phones within the next month. […]

Cognovant has secured $500,000 in seed funding to promote its untethered personal health record app. The company believes its PocketHealth mobile PHR will provide the missing interoperability link to connect health data from multiple providers. It plans to release a free version and two paid apps for Apple and Android phones within the next month.

Banner Health has reached the highest level of integration with the electronic medical records used at 17 of its hospitals in seven states. HIMSS Analytics awards the designation for advanced patient record environment. Banner Health is one of only 66 hospitals to receive the Stage 7 award.

Not only did health care ideas dominate Wharton’s “Great Eight” business plan competition, the pitch for software designed to reduce readmissions won. Entrepreneurs also proposed new solutions to osteoarthritis, kidney stones, the dissemination of medical research, and telemedicine. RightCare Solutions won the $30,000 first prize for its software program that can help identify which patients are at high risk for readmission.

Federal authorities say they have busted the organized gang that has been stealing cargo loads of pharmaceuticals worth millions of dollars over the last few years. Charles Forsaith, coordinator of the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition and director of supply chain security for Purdue Pharma Technologies, said the gang would have a shopping list and target a particular company or site.

Three patient advocacy groups are arguing against the American Hospital Association’s request for more time to release patient data after discharge. Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements state that a patient should be able to view or download their health record within 36 hours after leaving the hospital. The AHA has asked CMS to extend that timeline to 30 days.