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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...

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Connects Over 50% of Providers

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Interoperability Framework now connects over half of the nation’s healthcare providers. Since its inception in July 2016, the interoperability network has grown to include more than 1,000...

CMS Head Recognizes Need for Fewer Clinical Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently admitted some federal regulations do not make sense and stated the organization will prioritize consolidating quality measures to lessen provider burden.  Verma outlined the ways CMS intends to...

Tahoe Forest Health System Successfully Launches Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) recently went live with its Epic EHR implementation with the help of Mercy Technology Services. The two-hospital health system offers services including 24-hour emergency care, orthopedic services, and...

Rice Hospital, ACMC Health to Merge for Epic Implementation

by Kate Monica

Minnesota-based Rice Memorial Hospital and ACMC Health recently approved plans to create a nonprofit health system called Carris Health in an effort to allow the hospital and participating physicians to implement and use Epic EHR. ACMC...

Post-Acute Care EHR Adoption, Health Data Exchange Lags Behind

by Kate Monica

Inpatient post-acute care organizations lag significantly behind other healthcare settings in EHR adoption and health data exchange, according to a recent Black Book survey of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Black Book...

Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT...

MO HIE Connects to eHealth Exchange for Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The University of Missouri (MU) Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange (HIE) recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange in an effort to enable improved interoperability with SSM...

Congress Seeks Improved Oversight of VA Cerner EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Four House Representatives have introduced legislation to increase Congress’s oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-MN),...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges...

CMS Issues Guidance on Information Blocking Prevention in MIPS

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released information clarifying three statements making up the prevention of information blocking attestation reporting requirement part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). All eligible clinicians reporting on...

VA to Complete Cerner EHR Implementation in 7 to 8 Years

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will fully complete the Cerner EHR implementation and transition all VA patient health records to the new system in seven to eight years, according to testimony from VA Secretary David A. Shulkin, MD...

Federal Judge Dismisses Case Over VA Cerner EHR Contract

by Kate Monica

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by San Diego-based health IT company CliniComp to overturn the VA decision to select Cerner Corporation as its commercial EHR provider. CliniComp sued the federal government in August for...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from...

LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances...

Cerner Extends Free CommonWell Services to Users Until 2020

by Kate Monica

Cerner President Zane Burke announced at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference that the health IT company will be extending free CommonWell services to all Cerner users through 2020. Initially, CommonWell services were made free to all Cerner...

HIMSS Calls on HHS to Improve Secure Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently called on HHS to assist providers in achieving nationwide secure health data exchange through promoting improved interoperability and standardization, among other aspects of exchange. Specifically, HIMSS requested HHS...

EHR Interoperability to Transform Healthcare in Decade Ahead

by Kate Monica

A new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions examined ways EHR centralization, integration, and interoperabilty will likely transform the healthcare industry in the next 10 years. Researchers conducted a crowdsourcing...

5 Strategies Driving SHIN-NY Roadmap for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health released a health data exchange roadmap outlining the projected evolution for the Statewide Health Information Network for New-York (SHIN-NY) under...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to...

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