Kickoff your week by taking a look at some of the most notable healthcare industry stories we've been reading:

1. DirectTrust Issues HL7 Co-Authored Whitepaper Identifying Ways to Use DirectTrust Assets with FHIR 

A new whitepaper from DirectTrust and HL7 says the interoperability features of Direct and FHIR can complement each other, and stresses the value of combining existing and emerging standards for increased interoperability and efficiency. Seems ice and FHIR can co-exist?

2. Understanding and mitigating the digital divide in health care 

Lucila Ohno-Machado warns against a “digital divide” in the latest volume of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. As technology adoption proliferates in health care, providers should remember to “care about the health of individuals first and foremost, and aim to provide information to them and to their caregivers in a way that is most impactful for their health and well-being.”

3. What are the best & worst states in the U.S. for healthcare? 

WalletHub analyzed and compared the 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on 35 key metrics of healthcare cost, accessibility and outcomes. Surprisingly (to some, anyway), Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia make up the Top 5 best healthcare states.

Source: WalletHub

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