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CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

June 22, 2018 - In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that enables the public to view the specific types of data CMS requires post-acute care (PAC) facilities, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, to collect...


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HealthlinkNY Incentivizing Healthcare Orgs to Engage in HIE Use

by Kate Monica

HealthlinkNY has secured connection funding and is currently offering New York-based healthcare organizations up to $89,000 to engage in health information exchange (HIE) use until September 30, 2018. The HIE will offer discounts up to $76,000...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health IT...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

by Kate Monica

Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about funding authorities...

How an Alaska HIE is Improving its Patient EHR Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

healtheConnect Alaska — formerly the Alaska eHealth Network — is taking steps to overhaul and optimize its health information exchange (HIE) services with an emphasis on improved patient EHR matching. Problems with patient EHR matching...

Sequoia Project Modernizes Patient EHR Matching Framework

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently released an updated national patient EHR matching framework to streamline health data exchange across healthcare organizations. The framework is detailed in a revised white paper titled “A Framework for Cross-Organizational...

CMS Opioid Roadmap Prioritizes Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recently released CMS opioid roadmap provides strategies to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare beneficiaries through improved healthcare interoperability. The federal agency’s three-pronged approach focuses on opioid use disorder (OUD)...

Most Clinical Trial Participants Support Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of clinical trial participants approve of health data sharing among researchers as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place, according to new findings in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Despite the high number...

New York Expands ADT Notification Use Statewide Through SHIN-NY

by Kate Monica

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) will expand the use of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications across the state through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) to improve care coordination and...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated with scientists,...

Apple Health Records API Now Open to Health IT Innovators

by Kate Monica

A new Apple Health Records application programming interface (API) allows health IT innovators and researchers to create apps that leverage health record data to improve medication management, nutrition plan development, disease diagnosis, and...

Industry Collaboration Can Improve Healthcare Data Inaccuracies

by Elizabeth Snell

Broad collaboration between numerous healthcare stakeholders is crucial for developing an efficient and sustainable system that can cut down on healthcare data inaccuracies, according to a report from the Provider Data Action Alliance. The group...

Refining Patient Matching Process for Stronger Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations understand that patient matching is an important aspect of the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, but providers must ensure they have the right tools to accurately identify patients and then match...

How DirectTrust Can Aid Providers with FHIR, Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations leveraging DirectTrust can also use the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for more seamless and secure health data exchange, DirectTrust explained in a recent webinar. FHIR defines a web application...

Senate Passes VA Mission Act to Improve Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 — which includes policies meant to improve health data exchange between VA and the private sector — recently gained congressional approval....

How Health Data Exchange Prepares Clinicians for Care Challenges

by Kate Monica

Without access to health data exchange, clinicians risk missing out on key patient information and running into problems with adverse drug reactions, duplicative testing, and medication errors during care delivery. Providers at hospitals...

1UPHealth Wins ONC API Innovation Challenge Using FHIR Server

by Kate Monica

1UPHealth recently won the ONC application programming interface (API) innovation challenge by identifying weaknesses in a server built on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, and then finding ways to strengthen the...

Interoperability Key in EHNAC Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

by Elizabeth Snell

WEDI, SAFE-BioPharma Association, LLC, eHI, and eP3 Foundation are collaborating with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) to launch a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to further improve healthcare...

EHR Patient Data Access Remains Expensive, Challenging for Some

by Kate Monica

While regulators and patient advocacy groups alike have been pushing for improved EHR patient data access in recent months, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found some patients still run up against hefty fees or reluctant providers...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent research. Forty-two...

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