Electronic Health Records

Health Data Exchange

ONC Contest Moves API-Enabled Health Data Exchange Forward

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revealed the Phase 1 winners of  Move Health Data Forward Challenge. In the first phase of the challenge, organizations were asked to submit proposals on...

Carequality, AMA Singly Advance Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Last week, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was in St. Louis to witness firsthand the kind of EHR interoperability made possible through the Carequality Interoperability Framework. Since the...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of the 2016...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Health...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment Program —...

athenahealth, Epic Systems Trade Health Data Exchange Barbs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The two companies with contentious history around health data exchange are again engaged in argument over Epic's role in supporting information sharing. Last week, Epic Systems issued corrections to a recent interview athenahealth CEO &...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

ONC Awards $1.5M to Improving Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers and patients are to be the beneficiaries of $1.5 million in awards made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seven recipients of two funding programs to improve health data...

EHR Health Data Collection to Impact Health Industry Shift

by Sara Heath

EHRs and health data collection will be primary drivers behinds a shifting healthcare ecosystem over the course of the next decade. According to a report from the PwC Research Health Institute , the healthcare industry is facing a “seismic...

Transition to Value-Based Care Requires Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In new guidance for healthcare providers and payers, the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) has called for improvements to the mechanisms and strategies for health data exchange in order to support the transition to value-based care....

Lack of EHR Interoperability Holding Back Enterprise Imaging

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

That and other findings related to enterprise imaging come from a June 2016 survey of 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) commissioned by lifeIMAGE. A lack of EHR interoperability with imaging-related...

Surescripts: 48% Increase in Health Data Exchanges in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchange at Surescripts experienced tremendous growth between 2014 and 2015, according to the health information network's latest annual report. All told, Surescripts processed a total of 9.7 billion secure data transactions...

Two MA Hospitals Make Health IT Interoperability Investments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UMass Memorial Health Care and South Shore Hospital are touting recent health IT investments to bolster hospital interoperability. The former in fact made two in August. The health system headquartered in Worcester first signed an agreement with...

Will FHIR, APIs Help or Hinder Health Information Exchanges?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Application programming interfaces, such as the much-discussed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, have the potential to increase the fluidity and sharing of health data currently stored away in health IT systems. But will increased API...

Most Hospitals Lagging Behind in Using Patient-Generated Data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Fewer than two in ten hospitals regularly use patient-reported outcomes and a similar number of hospital lack the health IT necessary for capturing this data, according to a recent Health Catalyst survey. Of the 100 clinical and administrative...

Value Remains a Problem for Health Information Exchanges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Several years have passed since federal funding spurred the development of health information exchanges across the country, yet many of these facilitators of health data exchange and interoperability are still struggling to demonstrate value...

Is Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information exchanges and...

Electronic Health Data Exchange Eludes Small, Rural Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Compared to larger urban and suburban hospitals, small, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, finding, and integrating data electronically, according to new data published by the Office of the National...