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Health Data Exchange

Self-Reported Health Data Improves Outcomes in Cancer Study

by Frank Irving

A newly published research study conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center finds clinical benefits associated with patient-generated health data during cancer care. Among patients receiving routine outpatient chemotherapy for advanced...

Patients to Step Up Health Data Exchange Involvement in 2016

by Frank Irving

Expect greater patient access to clinical records in 2016. That’s the top predicted trend for interoperable health information exchange during the coming year, according to DirectTrust, an industry alliance for participants in the Direct...

Getting a Handle on APIs and Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

With preliminary meetings over the past two weeks, the Health IT Policy Committee’s API Task Force has begun to uncover possible barriers to the widespread adoption of open application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. It has...

Indiana Health Information Exchange Ties to St. Vincent EHR

by Frank Irving

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has expanded the reach of its clinical results delivery service with a new connection into the electronic health records system at St. Vincent Medical Group (SVMG). IHIE announced on Dec. 1 interoperability...

Georgia Practice Enables Data Exchange via CommonWell

by Frank Irving

Greenway Health announced last week that customers of its Prime Suite integrated EHR and practice management system could use the health data exchange capabilities of the CommonWell Health Alliance at no cost. That plan is already in action at...

FHIR Testing Expands with Cloud-based Approach

by Frank Irving

Implementations of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) were literally “put to the test” at FHIR Connectathon 10, held last month prior to HL7’s Annual Plenary and Working Group Meetings in Atlanta with participation...

Patient-Generated Health Data: There’s a Pill for That

by Frank Irving

Ingestible devices have been around awhile, but they’ve been limited to measuring temperature and taking digestive track images. Now, thanks to a new sensor invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), heart and breathing...

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)....

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