During the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition last week, technology vendors displayed some of the latest advances in health information technology. Athenahealth announced its athenaText, a secure text-messaging app used with Apple Watch that offers physicians easy access to clinical information and communication channels with care teams. OnBase by Hyland, in partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center, Samsung Electronics America and Computer SI, developed a paperless patient registration process. 

Optum and Cisco are collaborating to develop tools patients can use to interact with hospitals and providers, including a tablet interface that allows them to check in for appointments and pay provider bills. SwyMed has integrated a telehealth solution into ambulances, enabling specialists and other providers to initiate patient care before the patient arrives at the hospital. 

Xtream Care Analytics launched a monitoring and management solution for organizations using Epic EHR systems that provides system performance data to predict and potentially prevent outages. 

PingMD demonstrated a HIPAA-compliant platform it developed that allows patients to submit information to their physicians and receive feedback. Zynx Health displayed Zynx Carebook, an app that makes it possible for participants in various care settings to collaborate on transition plans and post-discharge care plans. CrossChx demonstrated its SafeChx identification technology that increases security and simplifies the check-in process by linking patients' fingerprints to their medical record. 

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