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ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

June 20, 2018 - 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 IT Don Rucker, MD. The federal agency will release the draft strategy to reduce provider burden this fall, Rucker announced in the Health IT Buzz blog post....


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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 Office...

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 Journal....

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 National Coordinator...

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 Medicine,...

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 made...

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 that...

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 after...

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 Agreement. In particular,...

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 problem,...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

Colorado HIE Using FHIR APIs for Patient Health Data Viewing

by Kate Monica

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) announced today it has successfully laid the groundwork to employ a FHIR-based application programming interface (API) technology designed to improve health data access for patients...

Health Data Integrity the Focus of ONC Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its new Health Data Provenance Challenge to address health data integrity at the point of care. As part of the contest, the federal agency is inviting participants to develop innovative solutions for determining the...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

by Kate Monica

In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data exchange...

AMIA Details Value-Based Care Health IT Infrastructure Needs

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has made 17 policy recommendations for promoting the development and adoption of health IT infrastructure capable of supporting the transition to value-based care in a new paper. The recommendations...

Healthcare APIs Necessary for Improving Data Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new report by Chilmark Research on solutions for improving health data interoperability highlights the importance of open healthcare APIs. The report states dramatic health IT improvements are needed to assess and manage risks across populations...

Patient-Generated EHR Data Aids Communication with Providers

by Kate Monica

A safety-net clinic pilot demonstrated the benefits of patient-provider collaboration in EHR technology to patient-provider communication in the exam room. A new study found patient-entered electronic visit agendas between patients and providers...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

by Kate Monica

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

by Kate Monica

Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

CommonWell First to Use Argonaut Project FHIR Specifications

by Kate Monica

CommonWell has set itself apart as an industry leader in an unprecedented integration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the health IT standard and application programming interface (API). Today, CommonWell announced it has...

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