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

September 17, 2018 - 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, widespread application programming interface (API) implementation and use may help to overcome existing barriers to interoperability and accelerate the...


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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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