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Colorado HIE Using FHIR APIs for Patient Health Data Viewing

by Kate Monica

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) announced today it has successfully laid the groundwork to employ a FHIR-based application programming interface (API) technology designed to improve health data access for...

4 Initiatives Advancing Healthcare Interoperability in 2017

by Kate Monica

Healthcare interoperability has been a priority for vendors and providers since the advent of health data exchange. Timely access to accurate health information regardless of health IT system or location improves provider communication...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute...

ONC Seeks Improved Interoperability Standards Measurement

by Kate Monica

ONC recognizes the need to push nationwide interoperability further to the forefront of health IT infrastructure. The federal agency recently published a Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework to assess the healthcare...

DirectTrust, the Sequoia Project Grow Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust and the Sequoia Project are celebrating growth in their recent health data exchange efforts. On Wednesday, DirectTrust announced significant and continued growth over the first quarter of 2017. The healthcare alliance created...

US Coast Guard Searching for Commercial EHR to Replace Epic

by Kate Monica

The US Coast Guard recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding which potential commercial EHR would best suit the needs of the federal agency. While the Coast Guard is interested in gathering information, the federal agency...

VA Transfers Paper Records to EHRs in Modernization Effort

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began the process of digitizing health data from older inactive paper health records to streamline claims processes and reduce the amount of office space used to store physical patient...

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

by Kate Monica

Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s...

Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to...

Health IT Systems Partly Responsible for Medication Errors

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Staley Lawes, PharmD, BCPS, and Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, found poor implementation of health IT can result in medication errors and higher risks of patient harm. While health IT has evolved to become a vital...

Health Data Integrity the Focus of ONC Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its new Health Data Provenance Challenge to address health data integrity at the point of care. As part of the contest, the federal agency is inviting participants to develop innovative solutions for determining...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

by Kate Monica

In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data...

Physicians to Launch Connecticut Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) recently partnered with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) to institute a statewide health information exchange (HIE). The physician-lead HIE will allow clinicians, hospitals, and other in-network...

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

Despite widespread disapproval and Congressional scrutiny, information blocking remains a problem for health information exchanges working to connect providers and their EHR systems. Drawing data from a national survey of 60 HIE leaders,...

HL7 Publishes Release 3 of HIT Standard FHIR for Trial Use

by Kate Monica

Health Level 7 International (HL7) has published Release 3 of Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Trial Use (STU), the organization announced midweek. “HL7 is pleased to work on the FHIR specification with...

Healthcare APIs Necessary for Improving Data Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new report by Chilmark Research on solutions for improving health data interoperability highlights the importance of open healthcare APIs. The report states dramatic health IT improvements are needed to assess and manage risks across...

Top Features, Functions to Advance Direct Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The comment period for a DirectTrust white paper outlining recommendations to the healthcare industry regarding the best use of Direct Interoperability is coming to a close on March 30. The document comprising 50 recommendations seeks to...

Epic Systems, Cerner Among 8 Health IT Companies Recognized by EHRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the trade association announced that Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, six other health IT companies had agreed to move to Version 2 of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. Validations tied to the first version, introduced...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in...

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