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OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

January 20, 2017 - One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health information exchange. The CCO maintains that dissolving the organization will provide value to the healthcare marketplace and spur growth for healthcare...


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OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

by Kate Monica

One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong health...

Improving EHR Adoption, Use through International Example

by Sara Heath

Physician-facing EHR adoption is thriving around the globe although health information exchange and patient portal adoption are low, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. The study was conducted as...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?

by Sara Heath

Are EHR vendors to blame for lacking health data interoperability and health information exchange? Recent research published in Health Affairs suggests they may be. According to researchers Jordan Everson and Julia Adler-Milstein, hospitals in...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

Managing EHR Optimization in Absence of Physician Champions

by Mark Belanger of MAeHC

For nearly two decades, EHR implementation efforts at healthcare organizations big and small have included the “physician champion.” This is the bold and trusted ambassador who has embraced modern technology and who will lead the...

How Health IT Interoperability Is Driving Healthcare M&A

by Christopher Helmrath of SC&H Capital

Health IT interoperability is the aim of current healthcare IT mergers and acquisitions, but that wasn’t always the case. Megamergers have abruptly given way to middle-market acquisitions. While this shift is undoubtedly good news for aspiring...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

AMA Partners with IDEA Labs to Promote Health IT Innovation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced on its official website that it has partnered with IDEA labs to support health IT innovation and other medical technology developments from student entrepreneurs. IDEA labs is a biotechnology...

Majority of Physicians Seeking Prior Authorization in EHRs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper-based processing and into the digital era, more healthcare provider are seeking electronic prior authorization methods that integrate with their current EHR systems. According to a...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers is looking...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all prescribers...

Interoperability Under MACRA Must Provide Standard HIE Tools

by Sara Heath

National interoperability frameworks are necessary before providers can fully improve electronic health information exchange (HIE) in support of federal regulations, including the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

How Business Decisions Challenge EHR Integration Efforts?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past year, federal officials have grown increasingly interested the ability for healthcare organizations and providers to share information through the use of interoperable EHR technology, which has raised the need for EHR integration....

Senate HELP Committee to Hone EHR Use, Interoperability Laws

by Jacqueline Belliveau

On April 6, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) will meet in the third and final executive session to mark up five bipartisan biomedical innovation bills that advance interoperability, EHR use, and health information...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for improving...

Interoperability, EHR Use Among Hottest Health IT Topics

by Sara Heath

When keeping up with EHR and health IT news, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of hot-button topics. From different emerging federal incentive programs to new thoughts on how EHR data can or should be used, there is always something...

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