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CommonWell First to Use Argonaut Project FHIR Specifications

by Kate Monica

CommonWell has set itself apart as an industry leader in an unprecedented integration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the health IT standard and application programming interface (API). Today, CommonWell announced it has...

Improving EHR Use, Interoperability, Optimization at HIMSS17

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR adoption is at an all-time high after healthcare organizations and providers completed EHR implementation projects over the past several, so it should come as no surprise that numerous educational opportunities health IT’s most recognized...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

by Kate Monica

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees....

Shulkin Unanimously Confirmed as VA Secretary in Monday Vote

by Kate Monica

David Shulkin, MD, will remain in the top post at the Department of Veterans Affairs following a confirmation vote by the Senate late Monday evening. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee (100-0) who...

DirectTrust Recommendations Encourage EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust has issued a white paper for public comment consisting of 50 recommendations for over 350 EHR vendors and health IT companies providing Direct interoperability. The recommendations focus on improving the usability of EHR and health...

Recent Agreements to Extend Cerner EHR, RCM Technology

by Kate Monica

San Juan Regional Medical Center has chosen Cerner to replace over 75 health IT applications with an integrated medical, financial, and population health management system to support patients across the care continuum. The Cerner EHR platform...

EHR Interoperability Still Proving a Struggle for Providers

by Kate Monica

While EHR technology has made significant strides in the healthcare industry over the past few years, several hurdles to true interoperability still bar providers from seamlessly exchanging data in a way that is timely, efficient, and accessible....

GAO Calls for VA to Adopt Commercial EHR, VA Likely to Do So

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a recent House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, a representative from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) minced no words when recommending the EHR implementation plan that the Department of Veterans Affairs should...

IHE, PCHAlliance to Launch Joint Interoperability Initiatives

by Kate Monica

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are set to kick off several joint initiatives this year centered on improving health data exchange between EHR and health IT systems. Specifically,...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

by Kate Monica

A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads of Executive...

HL7, HSPC Partner to Initiate Interoperability FHIR Projects

by Kate Monica

Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) have reached an agreement to pursue the development of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, the organizations announced this...

Georgia Tech Furthers VA Vision for EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration scored a victory for its patient-centered EHR interoperability solution, the Digital Health Platform (DHP), as part of a proof-of-concept demonstration led by the Georgia Institute...

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...

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