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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...

New York HIE Ties Together Military and Community Providers

by Frank Irving

The medical records of more than 19,000 soldiers and their dependents are now securely available to care providers in central and northern New York through a connection between the HealtheConnections regional health information exchange (HIE)...

Provider Use of HIE Yields Savings in Reduced Repeat Imaging

by Frank Irving

Researchers have uncovered moderate savings when providers with access to patient records through an electronic health information exchange (HIE) order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests. Investigators from Weill Cornell...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Steps Down as President and CEO

by Sara Heath

Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, has announced that he will be stepping down after his four years as president and CEO of the organization, according to a WEDI public statement. Throughout...

Care Coordination Paramount as New ACO Models Roll Out

by Frank Irving

Care coordination and health IT interoperability are fundamentally entwined, with the bind becoming ever-tighter as hospitals, health systems and medical practices venture further into value-based care programs. On Jan. 11, the U.S. Department...

Resource Shortfall in Prevention of Health Record Duplicates

by Frank Irving

More than half of health information management professionals routinely devote time to mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their organizations, according to results of a survey conducted by the American Health Information Management...

Oklahoma HIE Expert Receives Physician IT Leadership Award

by Frank Irving

Brian Yeaman, MD, a primary care doctor practicing in Norman, Okla., has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Yeaman is chief administrative officer for Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health information...

Mass. Initiative to Spark Health IT Business Development

by Sara Heath

Massachusetts has officially expanded its stake in the healthcare industry after it announced a new hub for health IT in the state. According to a public announcement out of Governor Charlie Baker’s press office, Massachusetts will begin...

Congress Funds EHR Modernization, Interoperability at VA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The passing of a $1.1 trillion spending bill has serious implications for the EHR technology in place within the Department of Veterans Affairs. As reported last week by Meredith Somers of Federal News Radio, the Consolidated Appropriations Act...

Hospital Revenue Risk: Patients Not Engaging Via Mobile Apps

by Frank Irving

With more than half of health consumers looking to connect with providers via smartphone, hospitals should be highly attuned to mobile device and app integration in their overall IT strategy. However, analysis of proprietary mobile health apps...

Adding Consent-Based Exchange to a HIPAA-Based HIE

by Frank Irving

Colorado’s two health information exchanges (HIEs) are testing concepts for integrating consent to share behavioral health (BH) data. In the eastern part of the state, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is putting...

‘Break the Glass’ Model Enables Sharing of Behavioral Data

by Frank Irving

Quality Health Network (QHN), a health information exchange (HIE) serving Western Colorado, is ready to launch a pilot project that will enable continuity-of-care documents from behavioral health providers to be securely integrated into...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

by Frank Irving

The eHealth Exchange leads off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with news of Northern Virginia’s Inova healthcare system connecting to the U.S. Department of Defense in a partnership to electronically share patient health...

Federal Health Information Exchange Connects DoD, Inova

by Sara Heath

The Department of Defense is making greater strides in increasing interoperability as it joins Inova Health System on the eHealth Exchange, a federally-sponsored health information exchange (HIE), according to a press release. By connecting to...

West Texas HIE Adds Two Key Regional Participants

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange in West Texas will ramp up with the connection of two major regional health providers to the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (PdN HIE). The non-profit PdN HIE has signed up University Medical Center of El...

ONC Issues Final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After reviewing and address public comments over the previous months, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued the final version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The federal agency's...

Major Health System Joins California Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX), a statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced last week the participation of Dignity Health, the largest hospital provider in the Golden State. Cal INDEX, which formed in August...

Health IT Interoperability Ends 2015 on Transitional Note

by Frank Irving

Industry experts recognize that health IT interoperability won’t be summarily achieved by any solitary prod or mandate. After all, according to the authority known as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which published...

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