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Improving Patient Safety Through Healthcare Interoperability

December 17, 2018 - 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 in the 21st Century Cures Act will require healthcare organizations and health information exchanges (HIEs) to make significant investments. Experts...


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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...

Hixny NY Health Information Exchange Earns HITRUST Certification

by Kate Monica

Hixny recently became the first health information exchange (HIE) in New York to earn HITRUST CSF certification on Version 9.1 for patient information security to fulfill the aims of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York...

Taking a Multi-Pronged Approach to Achieving EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

While many healthcare stakeholders are dissatisfied with the current state of EHR interoperability and health data exchange, a number of health systems are leveraging existing technology to support care coordination and patient data...

Health Data Exchange Helps Identify Disparities in Hypertension Care

by Kate Monica

Health data exchange may help to enable healthcare organizations to identify common disparities in hypertension care across facilities for better-informed quality improvement efforts and more effective practice-based interventions. This...

CommonWell-Carequality Connection Now Generally Available

by Kate Monica

CommonWell Health Alliance recently announced its connection to the Carequality Framework is now generally available to all CommonWell members as part of an effort to improve interoperability nationwide. CommonWell and Carequality-enabled...

KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

by Kate Monica

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) recently furthered its reach after adding Saint Luke’s Health System to its list of participants, according to KTTN. Saint Luke’s is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that...

99% of Healthcare Organizations Fully Access EHR System Remotely

by Kate Monica

Ninety-nine percent of surveyed clinicians can fully access their EHR systems remotely, according to CHIME’s Most Wired National Trends 2018 report. CHIME surveyed 618 healthcare organizations to gain insight into each...

7 Health Information Exchanges Connect to Military Health System

by Kate Monica

Providers at the Military Health System (MHS) will now have access to patient EHRs from seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country to enable well-informed care delivery. The Kansas Health Information...

EHR Interoperability Improving Among Acute Care Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Acute care hospitals are steadily improving their EHR interoperability capabilities for more advanced health data exchange, according to ONC leaders in a recent Health IT Buzz blogpost. ONC analyzed 2017 data from AHA’s Information...

Carequality, DirectTrust Continue Growing Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Carequality and DirectTrust have each achieved significant growth in recent months as health data exchange continues to grow steadily nationwide. Users of the Carequality Interoperability Framework exchanged more than 14 million clinical...

Rochester RHIO Expanding Health Data Exchange with State Grant

by Kate Monica

More than 60 healthcare providers throughout the greater Rochester area are contributing patient EHRs to Rochester RHIO after receiving grants from a New York grant program, according to the Monroe County Post. The grant from the Data...

VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

by Kate Monica

After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont...

Sequoia Project Launches Health IT Interoperability Cooperative

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently announced the launch of a public-private health IT interoperability cooperative called Interoperability Matters. The cooperative will primarily work to advance real-world solutions to end information blocking...

PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

by Kate Monica

Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

EHR Interoperability Should Drive Health IT Purchasing Decisions

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations should prioritize a system’s ability to facilitate EHR interoperability and seamless health data exchange when making health IT purchasing decisions, according to a new publication from the National Academy...

Surescripts Sees 40% Increase in Health Data Exchange Users

by Kate Monica

The user base of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange service has grown by more than 40 percent since 2017, representing a surge in the number of healthcare providers engaging in health data exchange over the past year. This increase...

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