Electronic Health Records

Health Information Exchange

Healthcare Pros Focus on Patient-Centered Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health information exchange and interoperability will play significant roles in boosting patient-centered care, say speakers at the 13th Annual World Health Care Conference, a press release explains. In a pre-conference workshop, “The Demand...

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....

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

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...

PA Health Information Exchange Adds New Member HIOs

by Sara Heath

Pennsylvania’s state health information exchange (HIE) has added a member health information organization (HIO), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), according to a public statement. MNX joins several other health information organizations in...

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...

Missouri Lawmakers Consider Health Information Exchange Bills

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Missouri lawmakers are working to enact new legislation expanding the state's regulatory authority over health information exchange. Two bills were recently introduced in the Missouri Senate (SB 363) and House of Representatives (HB 1579)...

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...

Why ONC Seeks New Authorities Over Health Data Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Increases in EHR adoption and the growth of EHR use since the passing of the law creating the EHR Incentive Programs and defining the authorities of the Office of the National Coordinator require Congress to provide the federal agency with new...

Small Number of States Successful with State-Led HIE Use

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent evaluation of the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program found that national HIE use score increased from 36 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2014, but this figured was impacted by a small number of states...

4 Barriers Limiting EHR Use, Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite increases in physician EHR use over the past few years, four major barriers remain in the way of future advancements in health IT adoption. This is one of several takeaways from a recent report to Congress by the Office of the National...

How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the National...

Epic Systems, Medicity Lead in Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare organizations and providers using either Epic Systems or Medicity have confidence in these vendors to resolve interoperability challenges through their health information exchange services over the next few years, according to a recent...

Health Information Exchange in Michigan Extends Services

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The largest health information exchange in Michigan has reached an agreement that will enable more providers to access relevant patient health data across the care continuum. Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids has signed on with Great...

HELP Committee Works to Support 21st Century Cures Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Efforts to advance interoperability and health information exchange received a shot in the arm Wednesday when the Senate Health Committee marked up seven bills in support of the 21st Century Cures Act that drew widespread support in the House...

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...

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