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HHS Called on to Eliminate Health Information Blocking

August 31, 2017 - A coalition of healthcare stakeholders convened by Health IT Now called HHS and its departments to eliminate information blocking so that providers can effectively aggregate patient EHRs and advance interoperability. The letter from organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), AMIA, DirectTrust, and athenahealth requested HHS issue a proposed rule that takes existing...


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Healthcare’s Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption and health data exchange have steadily increased across most care settings as a result of the EHR Incentive Programs. While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

NY HIE Seeks HITRUST Certification for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

HealtheConnections is working to achieve HITRUST Certification in accordance with the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) to improve secure health data exchange for the 11 counties of central New York. The health information exchange is partnering...

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...

Nephrology HIE Adoption Leads to Improved Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

A recent study found connecting to an HIE can assist in overcoming information gaps in patient care and improve care coordination for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in need of ongoing dialysis. A collaborative effort between Quality...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Value-Based Care Fueling Provider Demands on Health IT Companies

by Kate Monica

Expectations for health IT companies are rising as a result of the transition to value-based care. Providers are increasingly experiencing pressure to improve information exchange at their practices and demanding clean, comprehensive, and actionable...

HIE Use Reduces Repetitive Therapeutic Medical Procedures

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Eftekhari et al. found connecting to a health information exchange (HIE) can help physician practices lower the amount of repeated therapeutic medical procedures administered to patients. “Repetition of medical services...

DE Health Information Exchange Improves EHR Patient Access

by Kate Monica

The Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) recently began offering patients a tool allowing for easier access to patient health data shared between providers.  “When you provide transparency, you reduce the stress people feel when...

ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

RI HIE Enables Bidirectional Health Data Exchange with VA

by Kate Monica

The Rhode Island Quality Institute and Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently announced the start of a new project designed to improve the quality and safety of care for Rhode Island veterans through improved information sharing. The Health...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

by Kate Monica

The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

DirectTrust, the Sequoia Project Grow Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust and the Sequoia Project are celebrating growth in their recent health data exchange efforts. On Wednesday, DirectTrust announced significant and continued growth over the first quarter of 2017. The healthcare alliance created by and...

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