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GaHIN Awards $500K in Grants to Improve Health Data Exchange

January 15, 2018 - The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to its members in 2017 to help providers connect to the HIE and expand health data exchange statewide. Over the past three years, GaHIN’s Intermediary Grant Program has distributed $2.5 million to the state’s eligible providers and hospitals. The program is intended to improve health data access...


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Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter to...

ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the release of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft intended to advance health data exchange and interoperability. “This is really the network of networks concept,” said National Coordinator...

Review Reveals Problems with Vermont Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) is suffering from consistent and significant financial and administrative problems, according to a recent review by HealthTech solutions. The exchange is operated by Vermont Information Technology...

New Bill to Improve Patient Access to Health Information

by Kate Monica

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) recently introduced a bipartisan bill intended to give medical record clearinghouses the ability to improve patient access to health information as well as makes claims data available for analysis...

Researchers to Benefit from Customizable Patient EHR Data Consent

by Kate Monica

A new JAMIA study found many patients have an interest in interactive electronic consent (e-consent) applications and want more detailed information about EHR data use in clinical research. Harle et al. conducted a series of 42 think-aloud interviews...

NJ Medical Group Starts Physician-Led Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched its statewide health information exchange (HIE) known as OneHealth New Jersey. The HIE will improve physician health data access and streamline communication between hospitals, physician...

Rumored Cerner EHR, Amazon Partnership Talks in Final Stages

by Kate Monica

A major Cerner EHR and Amazon partnership will likely be announced at Amazon’s annual conference later this week, according to CNBC. Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy will reportedly discuss the company’s entrance into the...

HIE Use Cuts Costs, Increases Productivity in STI Treatment

by Kate Monica

Health information exchange (HIE) use can lead to cost savings and increased productivity in sexually transmitted infection (STI) treatment and management, according to a new study published in Health Information Management Journal. Haque et...

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,...

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...