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Rural Hospitals Remain Weak Spot in EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Rural hospitals have historically struggled to keep up with larger hospitals in more populated, urban areas in EHR adoption due to lack of financial and technological resources. The cost, time, and technical expertise necessary to fully implement...

HIEs Fail to Meet Needs of Population Health Management

by Kate Monica

Population health management (PHM) is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in healthcare IT according to a recent Black Book report. Despite the growing relevance of this fast-growing aspect of the healthcare industry, a majority of hospitals...

DirectTrust Increased Health Data Exchange Activities in 2016

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently reported a record 146-percent increase in health data exchange transactions using the Direct health IT standard in 2016. The organization experienced record growth not only in the number of Direct message transactions and...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among the matters...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

by Kate Monica

One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health...

ONC Announces Provider EHR Use Experience Challenge Winners

by Kate Monica

A recent challenge for health technology organizations to create innovative tools to improve provider EHR use yielded several new applications aimed at improving accessible health data exchange. On Thursday, the Office of the National Coordinator...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Improve Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

New partnerships between health plan organizations and health data exchanges are paving the way for nationwide interoperability with some networks beginning that work at a more local level. In Los Angeles County, health plan LA Care Health Plan...

Hospital Leaders Unsure of Health IT Growth, Long Term Strategy

by Kate Monica

Political and financial dissonance leaves hospital leaders unsure about the future of health IT growth, according to recent survey. Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book, said 90 percent of hospital leaders surveyed believe political uncertainty...

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

Recent Study Shows Learning Health Systems Use EHR Efficiently

by Kate Monica

Learning health systems use EHRs to support research and personalized treatments based on data from patients with similar conditions and risk factors. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the “Learn from Every Patient”...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

by Kate Monica

Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations. Last week, the California Integration Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that the largest healthcare provider...

Epic EHR Interoperability Atop 2016 Health IT Headlines

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability took many important steps forward in 2016, the most significant perhaps being a recent development that saw Carequality and Common CommonWell Health Alliance have reached an agreement to make several their capabilities...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to advancing...

Health IT Standard eDOS Enables EHR Interoperability, Savings

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) claim that a lesser-known health IT standard for ordering laboratory tests and services both enables...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

ONC Report Highlights Need for Health IT Interoperability Push

by Sara Heath

While the healthcare industry has a strong health IT presence with high EHR adoption levels, the ONC still has work to do to improve health data interoperability, according to the federal agency’s most recent annual report to Congress....

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in Online...

Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT vendors, KLAS...

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