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Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR...

AMA Partners with IDEA Labs to Promote Health IT Innovation

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced on its official website that it has partnered with IDEA labs to support health IT innovation and other medical technology developments from student entrepreneurs. IDEA labs is...

Majority of Physicians Seeking Prior Authorization in EHRs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

As the healthcare industry continues to move away from paper-based processing and into the digital era, more healthcare provider are seeking electronic prior authorization methods that integrate with their current EHR systems. According...

Maine HIE Adds Practices to Massive Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

HealthInfoNet, a Maine-based health information exchange, has recently added several healthcare practices to its data repository, helping to expand care coordination across the state. According to a public statement from HealthInfoNet,...

From EHR Use to Information Exchange for Community Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Community health centers rely on EHR use for providing care to high-risk patient populations and reporting required quality metrics for the purposes of certification or grant funding. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all...

Texas Health Information Exchange Receives EHNAC Accreditation

by Sara Heath

A Texas health information exchange has received accreditation from the Texas Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (TX-HIEAP), recognizing its exemplary handling of PHI when exchanging health data across disparate...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Senate HELP Committee to Hone EHR Use, Interoperability Laws

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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