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Is Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information...

Electronic Health Data Exchange Eludes Small, Rural Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Compared to larger urban and suburban hospitals, small, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, finding, and integrating data electronically, according to new data published by the Office of the...

What Does EHR Interoperability Mean for MACRA Implementation?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In recent remarks to the American Osteopathic Association, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put the onus for EHR interoperability squarely on the shoulders of EHR vendors and not end-users. “The...

Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A report from the House Committee on Appropriations contains language on the use of national patient identifiers indicating the possibility that future legislation could remove the prohibition against the federal government...

DoD Health Systems Connected to OK Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) has become the first health information exchange to connect with the Department of Defense, putting the department one step closer to full health data interoperability. According to a press release,...

New Technology Aims to Boost Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Six Bay Area hospitals have joined together to improve health data interoperability in emergency departments in an effort to boost care coordination and patient-centered care. According to a press release, the hospitals, spear-headed by...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?

by Sara Heath

As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed...

PA Health Information Exchange Continues New Member Growth

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) just got a little bigger with the addition of Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE) to its health data repository, according to a press release. KeyHIE joins several other...

How Health Information Exchange Policy Affects Health Data

by Sara Heath

The volume of patient data transmitted via a health information exchange doesn’t solely rely on the technical capacities of the exchange; rather, it also depends upon the policies in place that facilitate data exchange, a recent...

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?

by Sara Heath

According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which...

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...

VA, NATE Join Forces for Health Information Exchange Efforts

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has joined the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), thus better facilitating health information exchange between patients and providers. According to a public statement, the...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC),...

HIMSS Weighs in on MACRA Interoperability Measures Debate

by Sara Heath

Just as other experts have suggested, the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) have suggested CMS expand its scope in interoperability measures under the new MACRA...

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...

Patient-Centered Data Home Initiative to Drive Nationwide HIE

by Sara Heath

Three members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to form a patient-centered data home (PCDH) initiative, which could better facilitate interstate health information exchange (HIE), the...

DirectTrust’s Patient-Centered HIE to Boost Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has launched the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) to better support health information exchange (HIE) between patients and their providers, says a recent press release. The program will alleviate cost and technology...

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,...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

PA Doctors Win Big in Health Information Exchange Contest

by Sara Heath

A group from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has won a national competition for building technologies supporting health information exchange between hospitals and public health agencies, according to a recent press...

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