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Health Data Exchange

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data exchange...

New SHIEC Member Supports Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently extended membership to Reliance eHealth Collaborative to expand the initiative’s support of behavioral health data exchange. The health information exchange is a community-based...

Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

CVS Health, Cleveland Clinic Expand EHR Health Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

CVS Health and Cleveland Clinic recently announced plans to streamline and improve their level of communication by enhancing the health data sharing functionalities in their EHR systems. Minute Clinic, CVS Pharmacy, and Cleveland Clinic intend...

Utah HIE Links Three Western Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) recently linked with three other health information exchanges across the West in an effort to facilitate the exchange of admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications for individuals who visit...

Surescripts NRLS Extends to 14 Additional Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Surescripts announced it has added 14 new health systems to its National Record Locator Service (NRLS), furthering its efforts to improve interoperability nationwide. “In today’s fragmented healthcare environment, health systems need...

DirectTrust Experiences Continued Growth in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently announced it has experienced a period of continued growth at the close of its second quarter with five new members joining the alliance since April 1.   The nonprofit alliance has continued its upward trajectory on all...

MEDITECH to Deploy CommonWell Interoperability Services in 2018

by Kate Monica

MEDITECH recently announced that beginning in 2018 its EHR technology will be support CommonWell interoperability services enabling health data exchange. As a vender-neutral network of networks, CommonWell Health Alliance allows participating...

Standardization, Collaboration Drive Interoperability at Cerner

by Kate Monica

Achieving true interoperability is paramount to maximizing the myriad benefits of health IT and delivering safe, efficient patient care. Federal agencies, healthcare organizations, and health IT companies alike are working to facilitate seamless...

California Looks to Support Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The California Health & Human Services Agency’s Office of Health Information Integrity includes a litany of use cases in the recently published State Health Information Guidance to illustrate numerous instance where sharing protect...

Mayo Clinic Begins Launch of $1.5B Integrated Epic EHR System

by Kate Monica

Mayo Clinic recently started work on launching a $1.5-billion project to integrate all of its patient health records into a single Epic EHR. The healthcare organization contracted Epic Systems to provide a single system to house more than 200,000...

DirectTrust Backs ONC Focus on EHR Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, MD recently released a statement commending plans discussed during the ONC press conference to focus on improving EHR usability and interoperability in health IT. “I find the attitude and direction ONC is taking...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

Nebraska HIE Implements Improved Prescription Monitoring

by Kate Monica

The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recently implemented a solution to enhance its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). NeHII and the state agency will utilize electronic...

WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

by Kate Monica

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network...

ONC to Implement Trusted Exchange Framework, Common Agreement

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, ONC announced a series of three public stakeholder meetings will soon take place to kick start the process of implementing the trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions outlined in the 21 Century Cures Act....

Epic Competitor Cerner Wins $33M Contract with Wisconsin DHS

by Kate Monica

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has chosen Epic Systems competitor Cerner Corporation for a $33-million contract to provide its EHR system. Cerner recently signed the ten-year contract to provide an electronic health data storage...

AHIMA Patient Data Sharing White Paper Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are now seeking public comment on a collaborative white paper detailing requirements and constraints for patient demographic data exchange...

Michigan HIE Links Six Midwest Health Information Exchanges

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) in Michigan recently connected to six other health information exchanges to improve data sharing for patients and providers across the Midwest. The health data exchange network extends interoperability across...

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