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VA EHR Interoperability Still Lagging, Senate Hearing Finds

by Sara Heath

Despite recent advances in EHR interoperability, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still not far enough along in its EHR modernization efforts. In a Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing, Senate...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

Federal Commission Calls for VA Commercial EHR Replacement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a final report, the Commission on Care cited forces in play contributing to deficiencies in the Veterans Health Administration's EHR platform warranting a reconsideration of its EHR selection strategy, one including a potential commercial...

House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most unsurprising) is...

DoD Health Systems Connected to OK Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) has become the first health information exchange to connect with the Department of Defense, putting the department one step closer to full health data interoperability. According to a press release, subscribers...

VA Shares Vision for EHR Interoperability, Modernization

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, hinted at the possibility of a commercial EHR replacement in the federal agency's future plans for upgrading and building out its health IT infrastructure in a...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several IT-related challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requiring sustained management attention, including its efforts to modernize its VistA to ensure EHR interoperability...

AMA’s Madara Clarifies Remarks on Digital Snake Oil, EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In an interview following his remarks during an annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, has made clear that EHR use and usability are not part of what he called "digital...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's...

AMA: EHR Interoperability Part of Today’s Digital Snake Oil

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the group's Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, wasted little time in criticizing the abundance of digital health tools that have failed to prove...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), DirectTrust...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of 37 medical societies have urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to move away from using meaningful use requirements for data exchange as a means of measuring EHR interoperability as part of...

ONC Needs to Expand Scope of MACRA Interoperability Measures

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) answered the ONC’s request for information on interoperability measures and definitions under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, saying that the agency must explore more standards by which...

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight into...

Incorporating Record Locator Services into Clinician EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

SSM Health in St. Louis recently made news in being the first organization to implement the Surescripts National Record Locator Service into its Epic EHR system. But hospital leadership is more concerned with the significance associated with...

Hospitals Use EHR Interoperability to Boost Care Coordination

by Jacqueline Belliveau

SSM Health, a St. Louis-based healthcare system, has launched the National Record Locator Service in efforts to improve care coordination through more comprehensive EHR interoperability measures, according to an official press release. The...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

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