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DirectTrust Experiences Continued Growth in Health Data Exchange

July 21, 2017 - DirectTrust recently announced it has experienced a period of continued growth at the close of its second quarter with five new members joining the alliance since April 1.   The nonprofit alliance has continued its upward trajectory on all fronts, growing in number of Direct exchange users, addresses, and transactions. The number of organizations involved with health information service...


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MEDITECH to Deploy CommonWell Interoperability Services in 2018

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH recently announced that beginning in 2018 its EHR technology will be support CommonWell interoperability services enabling health data exchange. As a vender-neutral network of networks, CommonWell Health Alliance allows participating...

Standardization, Collaboration Drive Interoperability at Cerner

by Kate Monica

Achieving true interoperability is paramount to maximizing the myriad benefits of health IT and delivering safe, efficient patient care. Federal agencies, healthcare organizations, and health IT companies alike are working to facilitate seamless...

California Looks to Support Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The California Health & Human Services Agency’s Office of Health Information Integrity includes a litany of use cases in the recently published State Health Information Guidance to illustrate numerous instance where sharing protect...

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...

DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD recently released a statement commending plans discussed during the ONC press conference to focus on improving EHR usability and interoperability in health IT. “I find the attitude and direction ONC is taking...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

Nebraska HIE Implements Improved Prescription Monitoring

by Kate Monica

The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recently implemented a solution to enhance its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). NeHII and the state agency will utilize electronic...

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...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Epic Competitor Cerner Wins $33M Contract with Wisconsin DHS

by Kate Monica

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has chosen Epic Systems competitor Cerner Corporation for a $33-million contract to provide its EHR system. Cerner recently signed the ten-year contract to provide an electronic health data storage...

AHIMA Patient Data Sharing White Paper Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are now seeking public comment on a collaborative white paper detailing requirements and constraints for patient demographic data exchange...

Michigan HIE Links Six Midwest Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) in Michigan recently connected to six other health information exchanges to improve data sharing for patients and providers across the Midwest. The health data exchange network extends interoperability across...

IdenTrust Recognized for Excellence in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Solutions vendor IdenTrust yesterday announced it has been recognized for excellence in enabling secure health data exchange by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC.) IdenTrust earned full re-accreditation...

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...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

by Kate Monica

The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The integration...

Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

by Kate Monica

Two organizations recently announced a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) aimed at improving interoperability and collaboration between health and human services in the US. With the help of a $12 million grant from the Kresge Foundation,...

NC Health System Adds Epic Patient Monitoring Technology

by Kate Monica

Novant Health is the latest to join a handful of other healthcare organizations as users of Epic’s newest patient monitoring technology. The North Carolina provider will use Epic’s Healthy Planet link to share dashboard information...

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...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the number...

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