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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...

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...

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