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9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Patient Data Access

February 13, 2019 - The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data access. Many recommendations included in the report align with newly-released proposed rules from CMS and ONC intended to crack down on information...


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CMS Proposes Publicly Identifying Information Blocking Providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to get tough on “bad actors” contributing to health information blocking. Following the announcement of the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, CMS...

ONC Proposed Rule Identifies Exceptions to Information Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)has ushered in the next phase of the 21st Century Cures Act with the impending release of a proposed rule on interoperability and information...

Open APIs, AI, Machine Learning, Interoperability in Focus at HIMSS19

by Jessica Davis

The HIMSS19 annual conference takes place February 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will gain insights around the industry’s most pressing topics, from interoperability to just how AI can...

EHR Scheduling App Zocdoc To Start Charging Patient Fee

by Jessica Kent

Zocdoc, a doctor scheduling app that integrates with the EHR, will abandon its subscription payment model and will now charge a fee for every new patient booking. In an email sent on January 29, 2019, Oliver Kharraz, MD, Zocdoc Founder...

EHR Association Voices Support for HHS Clinician Burnout Strategy

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the EHR Association (EHRA) commended the majority of recommendations proposed in the federal agency’s draft strategy designed to reduce clinician burnout related to EHR use. “As...

Pew Suggests Boosting EHR Usability, API Use to Cut Clinician Burden

by Kate Monica

Improving EHR usability and promoting efficient application programming interface (API) use may help to cut down on regulatory burden on clinicians, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization submitted these recommendations to...

Health IT Now Presses ONC On Information Blocking Regulations

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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