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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...

Small Number of States Successful with State-Led HIE Use

by Jacqueline LaPointe

A recent evaluation of the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program found that national HIE use score increased from 36 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2014, but this figured was impacted by a small number of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 —...

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...

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...

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