Electronic Health Records

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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...

Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of healthcare...

DirectTrust Joins Federal Health Agencies for Interoperability

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) have joined teams to create better health information exchange and interoperability between private and public sector health entities. In a press release late last week, DirectTrust explained...

PCORI to Boost Interoperability, Data Sharing in New EHR Project

by Sara Heath

Several data sharing and EHR interoperability projects came to the forefront yesterday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The organization announced that it...

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care

by Sara Heath

The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

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,...

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...

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...

Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange Continues Growth

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Push and query are putting the squeeze on DIRECT as the preferred method for health information exchanges among health information organizations in Pennsylvania, according to PA eHealth Partnership Authority. The annual report on health information...

CommonWell Adds 5 New Members to Interoperability Consortium

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks and Modernizing Medicine top the list of five new members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, the vendor-led interoperability initiative spearheaded by Allscripts, athenahealth, and Cerner Corporation. The other health IT companies...

Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the...

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,...

HHS Proposes New Substance Use Disorder Records Regulation

by Frank Irving

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb 5 issued proposed revisions to regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records. The changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery...

AHA Calls for Data Blocking Clarification on Senate HELP Bill

by Sara Heath

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) needs to clarify and revise provisions regarding data blocking on its recent patient-centered EHR use draft bill, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a...

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