Electronic Health Records

Health Data Exchange

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Improve Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

New partnerships between health plan organizations and health data exchanges are paving the way for nationwide interoperability with some networks beginning that work at a more local level. In Los Angeles County, health plan LA Care Health Plan...

CMS Health Data Exchange Goals for Quality Payment Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new year begins with the kickoff of the Quality Payment Program and with it a commitment by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve six strategic objectives, one of which focuses on its own health data exchange improvements....

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

by Kate Monica

Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

Governors Unveil 5-Point Plan to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Earlier this month, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) provided new guidance for addressing and removing obstacles to health data exchange at the state level. Legal obstructions, such as restrictive laws and fear of liability, and...

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations. Last week, the California Integration Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that the largest healthcare provider...

Epic EHR Interoperability Atop 2016 Health IT Headlines

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability took many important steps forward in 2016, the most significant perhaps being a recent development that saw Carequality and Common CommonWell Health Alliance have reached an agreement to make several their capabilities...

Lack of Health Data Exchange, Access Frustrating Patients

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The health information network surveyed more than 1,000 adults in June as part of the 2016 Connected Care and Patient Experience report and the findings point overwhelmingly to patient dissatisfaction with how electronic health information is...

Carequality, CommonWell Reach Health Data Exchange Agreement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The two initiatives working to advance health IT interoperability through standardized health data exchange have signed an important agreement to expand the reach of each of their respective networks. The agreement includes three important provisions....

DoD Makes Important Health Information Exchange Move in WA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In advance of the rollout of its new enterprise EHR platform nationwide, the Department of Defense has entered into a partnership with Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) to develop a health information exchange portal for...

DirectTrust Eclipses Health Information Exchange Milestone

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

DirectTrust announced midweek that its directory service has reached “critical mass” with more than 500,000 entries. The entries range from Direct addresses (necessary for Direct health information exchange) and provider physician...

VA Completes Another Health Information Exchange Connection

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues extending the reach of its health data in its most recent connection to New Hampshire’s statewide health information exchange. Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization...

HHS Must Continue Addressing Health Data Exchange Barriers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A mixture of technical, regulatory, and behavioral barriers will continue to hamper health data exchange efforts within the Department of Health & Human Services through 2017, according to the Office of Inspector General. This week, the federal...

Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS

by Sara Heath

Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will face...

The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Sequoia Project’s recent health IT partnership with the Social Services Administration (SSA) and Department of Veteran Affairs is the latest of series of achievements for health data exchange over the year. To commemorate Veterans Day,...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by the...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration (SSA), and The Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange have partnered to exchange electronic health information for veterans looking to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance...

3 Actions “Critical” to Advancing Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In reporting its latest work to enable increased health IT use to lead to improved health data exchange interoperability to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified “critical”...

Only One-Third of Docs Using Robust Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a data brief on variation in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. According to its authors, approximately one-third of office-based physicians...