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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use Mandatory for CA Docs

by Kate Monica

California physicians and prescribers must query the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances, according to newly-passed state legislation. The new law is part of...

Two Parallel Health Information Exchanges Under Development in CT

by Kate Monica

There are currently two state-run efforts to build health information exchanges (HIEs) underway in Connecticut, according to CT Mirror. The state’s Health IT Advisory Council has been working to launch a statewide HIE since 2007....

Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable...

Two New York HIEs Partner to Expand Health Data Exchange Services

by Kate Monica

Two New York-based health information exchanges (HIEs) recently entered into a strategic partnership to boost HIE use among area providers and optimize the cost and efficiency of patient care delivery through health data...

OEHRM Clinical Councils to Create National VA EHR Clinical Workflows

by Kate Monica

The Office of Electronic Record Modernization (OEHRM) is taking steps to optimize clinical efficiency, health IT standardization, and deployment processes as the agency prepares to move forward with its $10 billion Cerner EHR...

Achieving a Network-of-Networks with Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

The concept of a network-of-networks lies at the center of several stakeholder efforts to achieve true interoperability. Stakeholders in the public and private sector have touted the benefits of a nationwide network-of-networks for years....

MEDITECH Invites App Developers to Boost EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH is launching an app development environment supported by RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) — including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — to allow users and third-party developers to...

EHR Design, Interoperability Top List of Physician Pain Points

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR design and interoperability are primary causes of physician dissatisfaction, according to a September 2018 survey of America’s Physicians by the Physician’s Foundation. The Physician’s Foundation and...

Lack of EHR Interoperability, API Use Hinder Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

Almost a decade after healthcare organizations across the country began investing in EHR technology, problems with EHR interoperability still obstruct care coordination, health data exchange, and clinical efficiency. Consistent,...

Two-Thirds of Physicians Left Out of EHR Optimization Efforts

by Kate Monica

Many healthcare organizations are missing a valuable opportunity to boost EHR usability, physician satisfaction, and clinician engagement by leaving physicians out of the EHR optimization process. This finding comes from a recent 2018...

Da Vinci Project to Advance Healthcare Interoperability, FHIR Use

by Kate Monica

A private sector-led initiative — the Da Vinci Project — is poised to accelerate advancements in healthcare interoperability by promoting use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) data standard across the...

How Sutter Health Pushes Health Data Exchange Forward

by Kate Monica

Health data exchange has come a long way in the past decade, but many stakeholders are still dissatisfied with the current state of interoperability and data sharing between different hospitals and health systems. A 2018 AJMC study shows...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft to Make Waves in Health IT Usability

by Kate Monica

With Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other large tech companies now committed to advancing healthcare interoperability, DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe anticipates the industry will soon benefit from significant improvements in...

ONC Issues Request for Information for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

ONC recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment about the EHR Reporting Program to inform the development and implementation of reporting criteria. The EHR Reporting Program mandates that EHR developers must...

RAND Identifies 10 Potential Patient EHR Matching Solutions

by Kate Monica

In a new report sponsored by Pew Charitable Trusts, RAND identified ten potential patient EHR matching solutions and proposed a three-stage approach to help resolve the healthcare industry’s decades-old problem with patient matching...

InterSystems, Texas HIE Partner to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

InterSystems recently partnered with Greater Houston Healthconnect to boost health data exchange, care coordination, and interoperability for providers across 24 counties in Southeast Texas. Greater Houston Healthconnect functions as the...

CORHIO Uses Wolters Kluwer Health IT to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) recently deployed two Wolters Kluwer health IT solutions as part of an effort to promote interoperability, improve health data standardization, and offer network participants...

How Most Office-Based Physicians Utilize Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Advancing health data exchange is a top priority among stakeholders in the private and public sector. Health IT companies including MEDITECH and Epic have made efforts to expand interoperability and promote health data exchange among...

Amazon, Google, Microsoft Commit to Improving Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A group of large tech companies including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle recently stated their commitment to advancing healthcare interoperability and health data exchange through artificial intelligence (AI) and...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

by Kate Monica

Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

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