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Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

Recent Study Shows Learning Health Systems Use EHR Efficiently

by Kate Monica

Learning health systems use EHRs to support research and personalized treatments based on data from patients with similar conditions and risk factors. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the “Learn from Every Patient”...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

by Kate Monica

Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations. Last week, the California Integration Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that the largest healthcare provider...

Epic EHR Interoperability Atop 2016 Health IT Headlines

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability took many important steps forward in 2016, the most significant perhaps being a recent development that saw Carequality and Common CommonWell Health Alliance have reached an agreement to make several their capabilities...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to advancing...

Health IT Standard eDOS Enables EHR Interoperability, Savings

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) claim that a lesser-known health IT standard for ordering laboratory tests and services both enables...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

ONC Report Highlights Need for Health IT Interoperability Push

by Sara Heath

While the healthcare industry has a strong health IT presence with high EHR adoption levels, the ONC still has work to do to improve health data interoperability, according to the federal agency’s most recent annual report to Congress....

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in Online...

Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT vendors, KLAS...

Surescripts Makes Record Finding Service Free to EHR Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR interoperability received a shot in the arm with the decision by Surescripts to offer EHR vendors free access to its proprietary service for locating patient records over the next three years. The health information network made the announcement...

Epic Systems, Cerner, McKesson Make Key EHR Technology Moves

by Sara Heath

EHR vendors Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, and McKesson Health Solutions have all made recent advances driving population health management, healthcare quality, and health IT interoperability. Epic Systems is set to implement its population...

Vets Call for VA EHR Optimization, Interoperability Advances

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs needs an overhaul of its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista) EHR — either in the form of EHR optimization or a commercial EHR replacement — to improve care quality for...

Understanding Effect of EHR Usability on Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

Providers use EHRs to perform everyday clinical tasks, manage their workflows, and participate in federal incentive programs such as meaningful use. Because these tools have so many purposes, it is vital that they are navigable and easy-to-use....

Lack of EHR Interoperability Holding Back Enterprise Imaging

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

That and other findings related to enterprise imaging come from a June 2016 survey of 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) commissioned by lifeIMAGE. A lack of EHR interoperability with imaging-related...

EHR Vendors Operationalize Carequality Interoperability Plan

by Sara Heath

Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and other major EHR vendors are among some of the recent adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to go live with the information sharing resource, fostering better transmission of health...

Carequality Interoperability Live in 3k Clinics, 200 Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Integrated into EHR systems such as athenahealth, Epic Systems, eClinicalWorks, and Next Gen, the Carequality Interoperability Framework is live and enabling health information exchange at more than 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals, The Sequoia...

Two MA Hospitals Make Health IT Interoperability Investments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UMass Memorial Health Care and South Shore Hospital are touting recent health IT investments to bolster hospital interoperability. The former in fact made two in August. The health system headquartered in Worcester first signed an agreement with...

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