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Health IT Now Presses ONC On Information Blocking Regulations

December 18, 2018 - Health IT Now (HITN) is pushing ONC to release information blocking regulations after the federal agency missed its September deadline. In a public statement, HITN responded to ONC’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing about its progress toward implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. “Health IT Now thanks Chairman Burgess (R-TX) and members...


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Improving Patient Safety Through Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

With healthcare organization leaders facing federal pressure to increase health data exchange, many stakeholders are focused on developing the business case for healthcare interoperability. Achieving the level of connectivity described...

VA Rolls Out APIs to Improve Interoperability, EHR Data Access

by Kate Monica

VA is rolling out standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) designed to enable health IT developers to build tools that improve interoperability, EHR data access, and health data exchange for veterans and their...

ONC Announces Certified Health IT List Data Challenge Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC recently named three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) data challenge who showed how the information can be used and applied across the healthcare industry. Researchers, health IT developers, and researchers were...

APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide

by Kate Monica

EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

Epic App Orchard Lowers Participation Fee for Health IT Developers

by Kate Monica

Participating in Epic App Orchard will now be more affordable for health IT developers, according to Epic App Orchard Director Brett Gann. Epic launched its marketplace for third-party apps in 2017. The app store allows vendors and health...

Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting...

RAND Identifies 10 Potential Patient EHR Matching Solutions

by Kate Monica

In a new report sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts, RAND identified ten potential patient EHR matching solutions and proposed a three-stage approach to help resolve the healthcare industry’s decades-old problem with patient matching...

How New Federal Regulations Affect EHR Vendors, Health IT Innovation

by Kate Monica

The shift to a value-based care system is well underway as Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, and providers will need assistance from regulators and EHR vendors to fulfill reporting requirements without increased...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health...

Sequoia Project To Launch PULSE Health IT Platform Nationwide

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently announced it will develop a nationwide deployment plan for the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) health IT platform that will expand the reach of the disaster response system. ONC and the...

Cerner Sees Benefit to API Development in CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

Cerner supports policies part of the fiscal year 2019 CMS IPPS proposed rule related to promoting the development of application programming interfaces (APIs) and improving interoperability, Cerner executives told Kansas City Business...

ONC Working with Health IT Innovators to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

ONC is currently working with health IT innovators to spur the development of application programming interfaces (APIS) that improve interoperability and patient health data access, according to a recent Health IT Buzz blog post by...

Apple EHR Patient Data Viewer Now In Use at 39 Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Apple recently announced 39 health systems have signed on to enable patient access to health data through the technology company’s Health Record EHR patient data viewer, according to a recent Apple newsroom blog post. Johns Hopkins...

EHR Adoption, Interoperability Brought Google Back to Healthcare

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

LAS VEGAS—Widespread EHR adoption attracted the likes of Google to return to healthcare and help the industry in its adoption of new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. On Monday, Google...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders...

Healthcare APIs Enabled 1 Billion Exchanges at Allscripts in 2017

by Kate Monica

Allscripts recently announced that its Open ecosystem built on healthcare APIs enabled one billion data exchange transactions over the past year. Surpassing the milestone marks a record-breaking feat for the health IT company...

Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

by Kate Monica

ONC recently posted key takeaways from its first multi-stakeholder meeting to develop a national plan for standardizing health data exchange, otherwise known as the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common...

How ONC Will Spur EHR Usability, Interoperability Improvements

by Kate Monica

In a press conference yesterday, ONC officials appointed by the Trump Administration cited EHR usability improvements and interoperability as the agency’s top priorities moving forward. EHR Usability To tackle the EHR usability...

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