Electronic Health Records

Health Data Exchange

VA Continues Pursuit of EHR Interoperability with DoD

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to face questions about EHR interoperability between itself and the Department of Defense (DoD), the federal agency is also seeking answers to its own questions. Back on June 30, VA issued...

CMS, FDA Push for Increased Use of Unique Device Identifiers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In letter to the Accredited Standards Committee X12, the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Food & Drug Administration have urged the body responsible for developing and maintaining electronic data interchange...

Reexamining the Progress of Health Data, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to adopt more sophisticated forms of information technology tools, providers and policymakers are seeing a need for better health IT interoperability to be able to exchange health data seamlessly and...

How Health Information Exchange Policy Affects Health Data

by Sara Heath

The volume of patient data transmitted via a health information exchange doesn’t solely rely on the technical capacities of the exchange; rather, it also depends upon the policies in place that facilitate data exchange, a recent study shows....

DirectTrust’s Patient-Centered HIE to Boost Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has launched the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) to better support health information exchange (HIE) between patients and their providers, says a recent press release. The program will alleviate cost and technology barriers...

ONC Needs New Approach for MACRA Interoperability Standards

by Sara Heath

ONC needs to take a new approach to how it implements health data interoperability standards under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), says the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In a letter signed by AMIA president...

PA Health Information Exchange Awards $3.8M in Grants

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded over $3 million in funding to help hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations connected to the state’s health information exchange (HIE), Pennsylvania’s...

DirectTrust Sees 20M Health Data Exchanges in Q1 2016

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has seen a considerable amount of growth in the first quarter of 2016, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to health data exchange and health data interoperability. According to a public statement, the number of healthcare...

FDA Medical Device Interoperability Draft Needs Clarification

by Sara Heath

The FDA needs to provide more clarity on medical device interoperability, say the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in a recent public comments letter. According to the letter,...

NATE, CommonWell Partner to Promote Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Major industry leaders, the CommonWell Health Alliance and the National Association for Trusted Exchange, have partnered to boost health data interoperability, according to a public announcement. Both organizations have signed a pledge to join...

SHIN-NY HIE Successfully Implements Patient Record Lookup

by Sara Heath

SHIN-NY, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York, has released its first-ever newsletter update, detailing its progress with the HIE’s patient record lookup projects. According to Patrick Roohan, the author of the newsletter...

Maine HIE Adds Practices to Massive Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

HealthInfoNet, a Maine-based health information exchange, has recently added several healthcare practices to its data repository, helping to expand care coordination across the state. According to a public statement from HealthInfoNet, these...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

PA Health Information Exchange Adds New Member HIOs

by Sara Heath

Pennsylvania’s state health information exchange (HIE) has added a member health information organization (HIO), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), according to a public statement. MNX joins several other health information organizations in...

How is the Industry Lobbying for a National Patient Identifier?

by Sara Heath

A national patient identifier would not only improve patient safety by reducing errors, but would allow for better interoperability and health data exchange, several industry professionals claim. By standardizing the way in which digital health...

Updates on Health IT Interoperability Progress from CMS, ONC

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to prioritize interoperability and health information exchange between systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated...

How Inbound Data Changes Health IT Interoperability Strategy

by Frank Irving

How much does interoperability factor into IT design strategy at healthcare organizations? Not enough, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which spent part of its Interim Meeting in November advocating for more interoperable...

Post-Acute Health Information Exchange Services On the Way

by Frank Irving

CommonWell Health Alliance will begin offering its health information exchange services for post-acute facilities in the first quarter of 2016, the not-for-profit trade association announced on Feb. 24. Three health IT vendors — Brightree,...