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CHIME, DirectTrust Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and DirectTrust announced today a collaboration to promote the deployment of the DirectTrust framework and health information exchange as the common interface for nationwide...

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

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The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of the...

HIE Collaboratives Helping to Advance Health IT Interoperability

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Health information exchange (HIE) collectives and networks-of-networks including eHealth Exchange, CommonWell, and Surescripts help promote secure health data exchange across healthcare facilities nationwide. The Strategic Health Information...

HIE Adoption of ADT Notifications Improving Patient Outcomes

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Health information exchanges (HIEs) can improve clinical efficiency for providers and equip healthcare facilities with vital patient information as individuals move across the continuum of care. For ten years, the Utah Health Information Network...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations governing...

EHRA Requests ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Be Voluntary

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Thirty health IT companies part of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) recently requested ONC make its health data exchange framework voluntary and build on existing standards to improve interoperability. EHRA’s comments came...

Healthcare’s Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange

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EHR adoption and health data exchange have steadily increased across most care settings as a result of the EHR Incentive Programs. While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information...

ONC-REACHNet Collaborate to Use FHIR for Patient EHR Consent

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ONC is collaborating with the Research Action for Health Network (REACHNet) on a pilot program to create an electronic patient consent form for more efficient patient EHR exchange.  The goal of the collaborative effort will be to develop...

Rush Medical Seeks $18M for Defective Patient Monitoring System

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Rush University Medical Center is suing the developer of its $18-million patient monitoring system for fraud after the system allegedly proved defective. On August 18, the medical center filed the complaint in federal court accusing Draeger Inc....

CliniComp Files Federal Lawsuit for VA Cerner EHR Contract

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A San Diego-based health IT company is suing the federal government for awarding a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR contract to Cerner Corporation in June without a competitive bidding process. CliniComp filed the bid protest in the Court...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

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Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

AMA Calls for Stability, Simplicity in Future MIPS Scoring

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Atop its voluminous list of recommendations for the Quality Payment Program, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advised CMS to simplify the scoring of physician performance in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In a letter to...

Clinical Decision Support Central to Advancing Cancer Care

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Innovations in cancer research and treatment guidelines make clinical decision support (CDS) tools a critical resource for providers. Writing in Oncology Times, Lalan Wilfong, MD, of Texas Oncology identified CDS tools as one of five health IT...

Evidence Supports Push for Social Determinants in EHR Data

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Healthcare organizations today are expanding their ideas of what influences a patient’s health beyond orange pill bottles and family history. Increasingly, physicians are adamant about the underlying influence of social determinants of...

Stakeholders Seek Common Changes to Quality Payment Program

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CMS is currently gearing up to finalize the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2018. Released in June, the proposed rule seeks to simplify the second year of the program comprising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...

MIT Implements Cerner EHR, Population Health Management

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MIT Medical is set to implement Cerner Millennium EHR as well as the health IT company’s population health management platform in an effort to streamline clinical, financial, and population health management at the Massachusetts-based technology...

NCQA Recommends 11 Changes to Quality Payment Program Rule

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently made nearly a dozen recommendations to CMS on the next iteration of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The recommendations came in response to a request for comment regarding the QPP...

Cerner Ranks Highest for EHR Capabilities in Chilmark Report

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A recent report from Chilmark Research named Cerner Corporation’s EHR system as the best offering for health data analytics-based EHR capabilities over Allscripts, Athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and Epic Systems. The report evaluated the...

3 Ways EHR Use, Access Boost Care Coordination Across Settings

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Care coordination between healthcare settings can have a significant impact on patient care. Strong care coordination is particularly necessary for providers delivering care to high-risk patients. Transitions of care and chronic disease management...

NY HIE Seeks HITRUST Certification for Health Data Exchange

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HealtheConnections is working to achieve HITRUST Certification in accordance with the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) to improve secure health data exchange for the 11 counties of central New York. The health information exchange is partnering...

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