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DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, to Step Down

February 21, 2018 - DirectTrust recently announced founding President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, will step down at the end of 2018. The DirectTrust Board of Directors is currently searching for a successor. The nonprofit healthcare industry alliance was created to support health data exchange between healthcare organizations, providers, and patients for improved care coordination. “On behalf of the entire...


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Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders that...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Likely to Hit 170M Transactions

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust announced it expects to reach 170 million cumulative health data exchange transactions for 2017 following a period of continued steady growth in users, addresses, and transactions in the third quarter of the year. The healthcare industry...

LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances interoperability,...

ONC-REACHNet Collaborate to Use FHIR for Patient EHR Consent

by Kate Monica

ONC is collaborating with the Research Action for Health Network (REACHNet) on a pilot program to create an electronic patient consent form for more efficient patient EHR exchange.  The goal of the collaborative effort will be to develop...

DirectTrust, HL7 Collaborate to Streamline Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust and HL7 recently released a white paper proposing ways Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and Direct standards can work together to achieve technical improvements to health data exchange. HL7 is one of many standards...

EHR Use, Health Data Exchange to Thrive Despite ACA Repeal

by Kate Monica

A recent article in Harvard Business Review outlines opportunities for patients and providers to improve the healthcare system despite the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among other observations, authors Frank Baitman and Kenneth...

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 patients...

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 and patient...

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 the...

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 many hundreds...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

by Kate Monica

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

Surescripts NRLS Use Live at 4 More Major Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS) recently expanded its user base to include four additional major health systems, bumping the number of health systems using the service up to 14 nationwide. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

by Kate Monica

Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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