Electronic Health Records

Health Information Exchange

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...

Hospital Health Information Exchange by the Numbers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While advancing interoperability is the aim of several current federal health IT initiatives, health information exchange is already occurring. The mechanisms for exchanging health data exchange differ as to their output and usability, but they...

Where is Health Information Exchange, Health IT Headed?

by Sara Heath

At the end of last year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced its goal of achieving nationwide health information exchange (HIE) by the end of this year. At a Bipartisan Policy Center event on interoperability...

ONC Clarifies Health IT Interoperability Under HIPAA

by Frank Irving

Many providers believe that HIPAA restrictions prevent them from moving protected health information (PHI) in certain patient care situation. However, that’s a common misconception potentially hindering health IT interoperability when,...

Tracking Progress of 5 Major EHR Interoperability Initiatives

by Sara Heath

As the industry pushes toward better EHR interoperability, several different projects have emerged. Between privately-funded projects aimed at increasing data exchange and government initiatives using interoperability to achieve a larger end,...

When Health Information Exchange Fails, Providers Often Pay

by Frank Irving

Breakdowns in health information exchange — whether through face-to-face interactions, phone conversations or transactions sourced from electronic medical records — often lead to medical errors and subsequent patient harm. In fact,...

THR Joins Health Information Exchange’s Northward Expansion

by Frank Irving

Texas’ decentralized state model for health information exchange is consolidating on several fronts. This trend most recently surfaced with the Jan. 27 announcement that Texas Health Resources (THR), a 25-hospital health system based in...

Office-Based Docs Lag in Outward Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

While office-based physicians are making progress in adopting certified electronic health records (EHR) systems, only about a third electronically shared patient health information with external providers in 2014, according to a new data brief...

Fueling the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource

by Frank Irving

One of the great ironies of health IT is that while professionals in the field have greater access to data than ever before, they’re not finding it very useful. Nonetheless, industry experts believe that increased development, testing and...

Will Carequality Lead EHR Vendors to EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Sequoia Project and Carequality have taken significant steps forward in advancing EHR interoperability by brokering agreements with several health IT vendors to implement its framework for point-to-point health information exchange. Five...

EHNAC and NH-ISAC Align on Health Information Protection

by Frank Irving

A new partnership between national organizations hopes to lock down and accelerate health information exchange via the Direct standard. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a standards development organization and...

Indiana Health Information Exchange Expands Across State Lines

by Sara Heath

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has expanded across state lines, providing interoperable EHR information to a hospital in Ohio, according to an IHIE press release. The Health Collaborative, an extension of IHIE which fosters interoperability...

NY Health Information Exchange Awarded $2M in CDC Initiative

by Frank Irving

Central New York health information exchange HealtheConnections has been awarded $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under an initiative to prevent and control chronic disease in the Empire State. The...

EHR Adoption to Support Healthcare Data Evolution in 2016

by Terry Edwards of PerfectServe

In just a few years, we’ve seen many notable developments, including a steady move toward value-based care, more widespread EHR adoption and a greater provider focus on patient engagement; not to mention technology advancements —...

Indiana and Ohio HIEs Enable Interstate Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Reid Health, a not-for-profit regional health system that serves both East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio, is part of a new health information exchange (HIE) initiative that crosses borders between the two states. The arrangement enables...

Researchers Propose ‘Health Information Exchange of One’

by Frank Irving

Informatics researchers say the time is right for patients to be put in charge of their personal health data, effectively creating “a health information exchange of one.” They envision data accumulating in a patient-controlled repository,...

Carequality Gathers Support for Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

The prospects for nationwide health information exchange ramped up this week when five leading health IT organizations announced they will implement Carequality’s Interoperability Framework. EHR vendors athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic...

WEDI Appoints Former AHIP Exec as Interim CEO

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced on Jan. 20 that Charles Steller has been named interim president and CEO. The organization, which focuses on the use of IT to improve health information exchange, reported on Jan....

DirectTrust Projects Exponential PHI Transaction Growth

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange via the Direct protocol is surging to unprecedented levels, according to metrics released Jan. 20 by non-profit alliance DirectTrust, which supports and governs secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information...

Health Information Sharing Vital to Cancer Cure ‘Moonshot’

by Frank Irving

Vice President Joe Biden this week announced plans to channel government resources in a concerted effort to double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer over the next five years. A core part of the initiative — likened by Biden...