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Epic, athenahealth Most Effectively Enable EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Epic and athenahealth most successfully integrate their EHR product offerings with a single network to enable EHR interoperability for seamless health data exchange between users, according to a 2018 KLAS interoperability...

Carequality Framework Membership Exceeds 600K Providers

by Kate Monica

Carequality recently announced more than 600,000 healthcare providers are utilizing its trusted health data exchange framework to enable network-to-network connectivity. Membership of the Sequoia Project initiative includes...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

by Kate Monica

As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While...

DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

by Kate Monica

ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to...

OR Behavioral Health Center Adopts Carequality Using Netsmart EHR

by Kate Monica

LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) in Oregon will adopt the Carequality interoperability framework through its Netsmart EHR network in an effort to improve health data exchange between other acute and community care providers. The...

How EHR Data Integration, Integrity Hold Back Effective EHR Use

by Kate Monica

Regulatory pressures have motivated nearly all healthcare organizations across care settings to engage in EHR use. However, problems with EHR data integration and data integrity still bar some hospitals and health systems from getting the...

New Epic Interoperability Features Enable User Collaboration

by Kate Monica

Epic has released a new functionality — One Virtual System Worldwide — designed to leverage its Care Everywhere interoperability platform for more efficient patient care delivery across all organizations using Epic EHR,...

Diagnostic EHR Data Sharing in Health Systems Improves Outcomes

by Kate Monica

A recent study ties hospital and health system sharing of diagnostic EHR data to lower patient mortality rates and improve health outcomes. Researchers studying CMS and AHA data published their findings in the American Journal of Managed...

DoD MHS Genesis EHR Implementation Proceeding on Schedule

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) is still on schedule with its MHS Genesis EHR system rollout, officials told FCW. The $4.3-billion Cerner EHR system has received a significant amount of complaints from users related to problems with...

VA Stalls Cerner EHR Contract for Interoperability Assessment

by Kate Monica

VA has put Cerner EHR contract negotiations on hold to conduct an independent interoperability assessment, according to testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin at a Senate committee hearing earlier this week.  The federal agency...

Epic, DaVita Partner to Develop Chronic Kidney Disease EHR System

by Kate Monica

Epic will partner with DaVita Physician Solutions to improve capabilities within DaVita’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) EHR system offering. Effective chronic disease management is especially critical for CKD patients given the...

Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Enjoying Support of Industry

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA), DirectTrust, and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) have voiced support for ONC’s efforts to improve health data exchange via the Trusted Exchange Framework and...

Green Mountain Care Board Approves $151.7M Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) has approved a $151.7-million Epic implementation at four hospital affiliates of the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network. The Epic implementation is an effort to enhance patient care delivery...

ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the release of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft intended to advance health data exchange and interoperability. “This is really the network of networks concept,” said National...

SHIEC Patient Centered Data Health Information Exchange Goes Live

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced the nationwide launch of health information exchange model Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH). PCDH is a health data exchange system with a focus on...

Indian Health Service Requests Information for EHR Modernization

by Kate Monica

The Indian Health Service (IHS) recently issued a request for information (RFI) for its upcoming EHR modernization in an effort to improve interoperability. The HHS-affiliated federal agency clarified that the RFI is not a request for...

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