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NC Health Information Exchange Upgrades Infrastructure, Usability

February 22, 2019 - North Carolina’s health information exchange (HIE) is working to upgrade its infrastructure by partnering with InterSystems and analytics company SAS to improve health IT usability and efficiency for users. NC HealthConnex is supported by the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and functions as the state’s designated HIE. The HIE helps to improve care...


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National Science Foundation Tackles Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Science Foundation has released a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from industry stakeholders including academic and non-governmental organizations about new approaches to improve health IT interoperability. In...

9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data...

AHA Opposes Key Information Blocking Regulation in CMS Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently expressed disapproval for a policy within the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule that requires hospitals to send admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications as...

CMS Proposes Publicly Identifying Information Blocking Providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to get tough on “bad actors” contributing to health information blocking. Following the announcement of the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, CMS...

ONC Proposed Rule Identifies Exceptions to Information Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)has ushered in the next phase of the 21st Century Cures Act with the impending release of a proposed rule on interoperability and information...

CommonWell Reveals New Program to Connect Providers, Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Prior to the start of HIMSS where the association first unveiled itself to the public, CommonWell Health Alliance announced a new program for connecting stakeholders to its health information network through its existing CommonWell...

NY HIE HealthlinkNY to Merge with HealtheConnections

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Successful partnerships in the past have led to the merger of HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections, the two health information exchanges announced earlier this week. The resulting health improvement organization will span 26 counties,...

Vermont Health Information Exchange Considering Op-Out Consent

by Kate Monica

After years of struggling to boost the number of patient health records included in the exchange, leaders of Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) are considering changing their consent policy from opt-in to opt-out. Opt-in...

Health Data Exchange Grows, Direct Message Use Jumps 63% in 2018

by Kate Monica

Health data exchange continues to grow nationwide as Direct message transactions increase by 63 percent in 2018. DirectTrust announced steady growth in the number of healthcare organizations utilizing Direct exchange over the past year,...

AHA, AAMC Urge Stakeholders to Advance Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

AHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and five other national hospital associations recently pressed public and private stakeholders to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange using a six-point...

MEDITECH Brings CommonWell Interoperability to VT Health System

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans is now live with CommonWell interoperability services thanks to MEDITECH, an critical member of the CommonWell Health Alliance. “Northwestern Medical Center is excited to partner with...

Regenstrief Initiative to Boost Health Data Exchange for Research

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute is partnering with health IT developer MDClone, the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health, and the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) to streamline health data...

Orlando Health Will Go Live With Epic EHR Implementation

by Kate Monica

Orlando Health in Florida will go live with a new Epic EHR implementation as part of an effort to improve patient health outcomes and streamline health data exchange and access for patients and providers. All hospitals, physician...

70% of Hospitals Participated in Nationwide HIE Networks in 2017

by Kate Monica

About 70 percent of acute care hospitals participated in at least one health information exchange (HIE) network with nationwide scope in 2017, according to a new ONC data brief evaluating methods used to enable interoperability among...

Improving Patient Safety Through Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

With healthcare organization leaders facing federal pressure to increase health data exchange, many stakeholders are focused on developing the business case for healthcare interoperability. Achieving the level of connectivity described...

BlueCross BlueShield Will Contribute Claims Data to HEALTHeLINK

by Kate Monica

BlueCross BlueShield in Western New York recently announced plans to contribute claims data to New York-based health information exchange (HIE) HEALTHeLINK to improve health outcomes and care coordination for BlueCross BlueShield...

Integrating EHR Use, Health Data Exchange Into Behavioral Health

by Kate Monica

While EHR systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for nearly a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care...

Most EHR Vendors Have Enabled CommonWell, Carequality Connection

by Kate Monica

The majority of EHR vendors with sizeable marketshare currently enable providers to connect with CommonWell or Carequality, indicating the healthcare industry may be poised for a breakthrough in interoperability. This finding comes from a...

How HIE Adoption Simplifies, Streamlines Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

After years of frustration among stakeholders over the lack of complete, timely health data exchange across the healthcare sector, CMS is taking a firm stance on interoperability with its Promoting Interoperability programs. CMS announced...

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