Electronic Health Records

Health Data Exchange

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,...

Consumer Group Calls on HHS to Improve Health Data Sharing

by Frank Irving

Consumer advocacy association Clear Choices reached out this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with recommendations to improve healthcare transparency through publicly shared data. Part of the solution lies in applying...

GaHIN Named Georgia Entity for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) as the designated entity for the State of Georgia Health Information Exchange (HIE). The official designation, announced Feb. 19, opens up new funding opportunities...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

by Frank Irving

Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

Sequoia and CommonWell: Paths to Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Sequoia Project and the CommonWell Health Alliance travel on separate tracks, but move in the same direction — facilitating and inspiring progress toward nationwide health data exchange and health IT interoperability. Their respective...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

by Frank Irving

Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Public Health Expert Joins Texas Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The former president of a public health foundation, Jon Law, has been named executive director of the West Texas-based Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE’s board of directors announced Law’s appointment on Feb...

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

by Frank Irving

Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

Changes Loom for Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, which provides strategic direction for health information exchange and related health IT efforts in the state, may have to weather both operational and leadership changes in coming months. First,...

Oncology Big Data Initiative Fortifies Leadership Team

by Frank Irving

Three C-level executives have joined CancerLinQ to help the subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expand its goal of analyzing data from the electronic health records of millions of cancer patients to uncover patterns...

When Health Information Exchange Fails, Providers Often Pay

by Frank Irving

Breakdowns in health information exchange — whether through face-to-face interactions, phone conversations or transactions sourced from electronic medical records — often lead to medical errors and subsequent patient harm. In fact,...

Office-Based Docs Lag in Outward Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

While office-based physicians are making progress in adopting certified electronic health records (EHR) systems, only about a third electronically shared patient health information with external providers in 2014, according to a new data brief...

EHNAC and NH-ISAC Align on Health Information Protection

by Frank Irving

A new partnership between national organizations hopes to lock down and accelerate health information exchange via the Direct standard. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a standards development organization and...

NY Health Information Exchange Awarded $2M in CDC Initiative

by Frank Irving

Central New York health information exchange HealtheConnections has been awarded $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under an initiative to prevent and control chronic disease in the Empire State. The...

Health Data Standards Challenge Addresses C-CDA Rendering

by Frank Irving

In the world of healthcare data standards, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. In the case of HL7’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standard, which specifies the structure and semantics of clinical documents...

Indiana and Ohio HIEs Enable Interstate Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Reid Health, a not-for-profit regional health system that serves both East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio, is part of a new health information exchange (HIE) initiative that crosses borders between the two states. The arrangement enables...

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