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LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

October 19, 2017 - 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, not every lab test or data element is worth the sometimes labor-intensive, exhausting effort of standardization.  Following the 21st...


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MI HIE Introduces Alerts for Social Determinants of Health

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has chosen Holon Solutions to assist in delivering alerts and referrals to providers involving data on social determinants of health.   The effort is part of a plan by the health information exchange to...

Cerner Releases Consumer-Facing EHR to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Cerner confirmed its commitment to improving interoperability at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference earlier this week by offering a new consumer-directed patient EHR. Cerner President Zane Burke announced the consumer-directed patient health record...

EHR Interoperability to Transform Healthcare in Decade Ahead

by Kate Monica

A new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions examined ways EHR centralization, integration, and interoperabilty will likely transform the healthcare industry in the next 10 years. Researchers conducted a crowdsourcing simulation...

CAQH Seeks Stakeholder Feedback on Provider Data Roadmap

by Kate Monica

The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) has released a draft of its plan to improve provider data accuracy and issued a call for public comment. CAQH developed the Provider Data Roadmap with Provider Data Action Alliance in order...

Using Information Governance to Protect, Recover Patient EHR Data

by Kate Monica

Leadership from a large healthcare system is stressing the importance information governance (IG) in preventing unavailable, incomplete, or inaccurate patient EHRs. In a post on Journal of AHIMA, Director of Catholic Health Initiatives EHR Compliance...

AHRQ, PCORI to Fund Learning Health System Research, Training

by Kate Monica

The Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is teaming up with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to award grants of up to $8 million to nearly a dozen career development programs in an effort to promote a sustainable learning...

How Strong Health Data Governance Ensures EHR Data Integrity

by Kate Monica

Health data governance best practices are necessary for ensuring providers are getting the most out of their EHR systems. Maintaining the principles of data governance and implementing strategies to improve EHR data quality, use, and exchange...

Report Ranks Top Five Best, Worst States for EHR Adoption

by Kate Monica

A recent report by the Center for Data Innovation ranked each state based on its rate of EHR adoption and provided recommendations on how policymakers can enable more efficient data use. Data innovation—specifically in the healthcare industry—is...

Researchers Add Social Determinants of Health to Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Gold et al. found that standardizing social determinants of health (SDH) data collection and presentation in Epic EHR systems could improve patient and population health outcomes in community health centers. Researchers worked...

EHR Use Shows Little Impact on Improving Revenue, Operations

by Kate Monica

A recent survey of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIOs showed a disparity between EHR data availability and its effect on revenue and operations margins in hospitals. While federal incentives are pushing the healthcare...

Mayo Clinic Begins Launch of $1.5B Integrated Epic EHR System

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic recently started work on launching a $1.5-billion project to integrate all of its patient health records into a single Epic EHR. The healthcare organization contracted Epic Systems to provide a single system to house more than 200,000...

WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

by Kate Monica

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network...

How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

by Kate Monica

Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

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...

MEDITECH Web EHR Gains 5 New Health Organizations

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH today announced its contemporary and clinically-integrated web EHR is experiencing continued growth with five new healthcare organizations signed on to utilize the technology. The vendor’s integrated Ambulatory solution designed...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

by Kate Monica

The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

Surescripts Brings Medication History Data to LTPAC Providers

by Kate Monica

Surescripts today announced it is expanding its real-time Medication History for Reconciliation (MHR) service to include long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. Allowing LTPAC facilities and patients to utilize its medication history...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to patient...

Patient-Centered Data Home Initiative to Drive Nationwide HIE

by Sara Heath

Three members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to form a patient-centered data home (PCDH) initiative, which could better facilitate interstate health information exchange (HIE), the group...

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