Electronic Health Records

Health Data Exchange

AHA and CHIME Suggest Changes to Data Reporting Requirements

by Frank Irving

Official comments from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) share the thought that data reporting needs to be streamlined for the coming implementation of the Merit-Based...

First Two Data Registries Accredited for Handling PHI

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has granted full accreditation status to two beta test participants in its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). The program establishes requirements for managing registry...

Health IT Standards: Sequoia Offers Patient Matching Model

by Frank Irving

In recognition of patient matching as a persistent obstacle to seamless information exchange between organizations, the Sequoia Project on Nov. 10 released a proposed framework for patient identity management. Sequoia is collaborating with...

Apps Stumble with Patient-Generated Health Data Burdens

by Frank Irving

A new study looking at health app use among U.S mobile phone users shows a solid base of people willing to download health-related apps. However, patient-generated health data hasn’t yet become an evergreen asset because almost half of...

Flu Forecasts Sharpen, Models Built on Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Epidemiologists are translating the power of health data exchange into practical application that could lead to better flu forecasts. A research team at Boston Children’s Hospital has combined multiple data sources, including social media...

Policy Committee, ONC Spar on Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is taking on the thorny issue of state law in regard to the sharing and use of electronic health information within the framework of its recently released Shared Nationwide Interoperability...

States Make Connection for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange is crossing state boundaries in the southeastern United States thanks to a successful connection between information networks in Georgia and Alabama. The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Alabama’s...

Study Shows Room for Big Upside in Mobile Device Integration

by Frank Irving

An estimated 17 percent of U.S. consumers currently use a mobile health application to track one or more health-related factors, suggesting a largely untapped upside for mobile device integration. Venture fund Rock Health measured mobile health...

Who’s at the Forefront of U.S. Health Information Exchange?

by Frank Irving

Which U.S. states are leading the way in health information exchange? HealthITInteroperability.com consulted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s interactive dashboard to uncover the vanguard states in six areas...

WEDI Workgroup Explores Genomic Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) plans to develop a “common industry vision” for genomic data exchange through the activities of a dedicated workgroup. WEDI announced its new Genomic Data Exchange Workgroup on...

Cancer Drivers Uncovered by Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Researchers have leveraged the power of health data exchange to create a new catalogue of so-called “cancer drivers,” altered genes that are responsible for progression of the disease. Scientists combined publicly available cancer...

Workarounds Needed to Close EHR Integration Gaps

by Frank Irving

Documentation, communication and information exchange emerged as common EHR integration challenges among primary care practices and behavioral health centers attempting to integrate care activities. Researchers tracked 11 Colorado practices over...

Federal Agencies Accredited for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Directed health information exchange will be used to improve care coordination for millions of military veterans and Native Americans via technology accredited by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)....

AHA Calls Out Shortcomings in EHR Interoperability

by Frank Irving

Hospitals spent an estimated $47 billion annually on health information technology between 2010 and 2013, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). However, they are not getting a good return on investment, especially in regard to...

Cloud, Registry Added to Health Data Exchange Accreditations

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) on Oct. 7 posted new versions of criteria for 16 existing health data exchange programs and added initial criteria versions in two new areas — data registry and cloud services....

Consumers Ramp Up Access of Electronic Health Records

by Frank Irving

National estimates of consumer activity in regard to information contained in electronic health records show increases in both access to and active use of medical records in 2014. A recent data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator...

Healthcare Data Standards: Tool Assesses Breast Cancer Risk

by Frank Irving

Statistical analysis has been deployed in the fight against breast cancer, which claims the lives of more than 40,000 U.S. women each year. An online risk calculator developed by the National Cancer Institute-funded Breast Cancer Surveillance...

A Low-Cost Way to Gather Patient-Generated Health Data

by Frank Irving

A manufacturing breakthrough may usher in a new wave of mass-produced wearable monitors for collecting patient-generated health data. Researchers from the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering have found a way to fabricate inexpensive...

Patients Seek Physician Improvement in Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

When providers lack the latest information during office visits, the burden of filling in the gaps often falls to the patient in terms of additional paperwork. That leaves patients frustrated and more willing to consider other providers with...

Virtual Clipboard Takes on Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will collaborate on the next phase of the Virtual Clipboard Initiative and research to promote healthcare IT interoperability. WEDI...



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