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Clinical Trial Success Relies on Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health data interoperability may be the key to enhancing clinical trials, says the Food and Drug Administration. In its recent draft guide Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations, the FDA discussed the potential EHR data...

Task Force Calls for Healthcare Interoperability Standards

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent meeting of the Interoperability Experience Task Force, healthcare stakeholders identified the top challenges to healthcare interoperability, including data availability and accessibility, the need for data sharing and format standards,...

Two MO Healthcare Providers Tap Cerner for EHR Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Cerner has added two more healthcare systems to its list of customers. SoutheastHEALTH and Missouri Delta Medical Center, two Missouri-based healthcare organizations, have selected Cerner’s Millennium system for EHR implementation, according...

HHS Programs to Support Data Standards, Interoperability

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently announced two new funding opportunities which will promote health data standards and EHR interoperability. According to an HHS press release, the funding opportunities aim to improve patient...

EHR Replacement Rush a Regret for Many Struggling Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The fury of EHR replacement over past several years proved costly to cash-strapped hospitals looking for a return on investment from new EHR technology, according to new Black Book research. The findings from a crowd survey of 1204 hospital executives...

Healthcare Execs Will Invest More in EHR Systems, Health IT

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As a majority of healthcare executives reported that they expect their organization’s revenue and patient volume to grow, so will their investments in EHR systems and other healthcare technologies, reported CIT in its Healthcare Industry...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

ONC’s Role in MACRA Implementation Becoming More Defined

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires eligible providers to meet requirements for either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that both of which require...

Bill Foresees VA EHR Replacement as Interoperability Threat

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New revelations that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is considering a commercial EHR technology to replace its VistA EHR are having a direct impact on the federal agency's budget for fiscal year 2017. In its report on the Military...

Healthcare Pros Focus on Patient-Centered Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health information exchange and interoperability will play significant roles in boosting patient-centered care, say speakers at the 13th Annual World Health Care Conference, a press release explains. In a pre-conference workshop, “The Demand...

Interoperability Under MACRA Must Provide Standard HIE Tools

by Sara Heath

National interoperability frameworks are necessary before providers can fully improve electronic health information exchange (HIE) in support of federal regulations, including the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

How Business Decisions Challenge EHR Integration Efforts?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past year, federal officials have grown increasingly interested the ability for healthcare organizations and providers to share information through the use of interoperable EHR technology, which has raised the need for EHR integration....

How the Timeline for MACRA Impacts EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An aggressive timeline for advancing value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) could have negative consequences for advancing EHR interoperability. Late last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for...

DoD Awards $139M Contract for Patient Engagement, Access

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to a recent announcement, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency has awarded McKesson Technology Solutions $139 million for their interoperable secure messaging and patient engagement platform. McKesson received...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

ONC Seeks Input on Measuring Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a request for information to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information is taking the first steps toward defining EHR interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

S4S Pilot to Enable Patient Access to Health Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) are moving forward with a joint pilot program to enable patient access to health information through the use of application...

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