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AHIMA Seeks Patient Identifier Talks to Improve EHR Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced the launch of a petition to address the need for a “national voluntary patient safety identifier,” which would improve patient matching tools associated...

How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the National...

Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of healthcare...

Recapping Important HIMSS 2016 EHR Interoperability News

by Sara Heath

Health IT, EHRs, and interoperability were major topics at the HIMSS 2016 Conference last week in Las Vegas, Nev. Between near industry-wide pledges of commitment to healthcare interoperability to the introduction of contests to develop better...

HHS Interoperability Pledge Gains Major Support at HIMSS 2016

by Sara Heath

Yesterday at the Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 conference, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an industry-wide pledge to improve interoperability across all EHRs...

EHR Adoption Growing Despite Industry Challenges, ONC Reports

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making considerable progress in fostering ubiquitous adoption of EHRs and health IT, as well as promoting interoperability and health information exchange between those systems. The agency...

DirectTrust Joins Federal Health Agencies for Interoperability

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) have joined teams to create better health information exchange and interoperability between private and public sector health entities. In a press release late last week, DirectTrust explained...

eClinicalWorks Gears Up for Acute Care EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Will cloud-based electronic health records technology take hold in the hospital market as it has among ambulatory providers? eClinicalWorks, which currently counts more than 115,000 physicians using its ambulatory EHR, is preparing to find out....

PCORI to Boost Interoperability, Data Sharing in New EHR Project

by Sara Heath

Several data sharing and EHR interoperability projects came to the forefront yesterday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The organization announced that it...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care

by Sara Heath

The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

Post-Acute Health Information Exchange Services On the Way

by Frank Irving

CommonWell Health Alliance will begin offering its health information exchange services for post-acute facilities in the first quarter of 2016, the not-for-profit trade association announced on Feb. 24. Three health IT vendors — Brightree,...

ONC Promotes Health IT Interoperability with New Tech Lab

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is ramping up its efforts to drive nationwide interoperability through a new project, the ONC Tech Lab. In a blog post earlier this week, ONC’s Director of the Office of Standards...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

by Frank Irving

Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

How SMART on FHIR Grew Vendor Support for Interoperable HIT Apps

by Sara Heath

Kenneth Mandl, MD, and Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, both big players in creating SMART on FHIR, a major interoperability project, have recently recounted key details to the project and its successes in a paper published in the Journal of the American...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

by Frank Irving

Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Mining Electronic Health Records Refines Diabetes Diagnoses

by Frank Irving

UCLA researchers successfully predicted patients’ type two diabetes mellitus (DM2) using an algorithm based on information extracted from de-identified electronic health records. The EHR phenotyping outperformed conventional screening methods,...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

by Frank Irving

Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS offers...

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

by Frank Irving

Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an application...

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