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Health Information Exchange to Build on 2015 Advancements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interoperability and health information exchange are deeply intertwined. While advancing interoperability should enabled the more efficient exchange of health information, health data exchange is already taking place through the leveraging of...

Research on Health Information Exchange Limited, AHRQ Finds

by Sara Heath

Research informing healthcare organizations and providers of the outcomes of adequate health information exchange (HIE) appears to be lacking, according to research from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ). The study investigated...

HITPC Claims Interoperability Progress Not Fast Enough

by Sara Heath

As a part of a federal mandate to improve EHR use, interoperability, and connected care, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has submitted its December report to Congress explaining barriers and policy suggestions with regard to interoperability....

AHRQ Review Finds Literature Lacking in Support of HIE Use

by Frank Irving

An extensive literature review commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that the impact of health information exchange (HIE) use on clinical outcomes and potential harms is inadequately studied. The resulting...

5 Ways States Mandate Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

While some states appoint an oversight entity to govern or encourage health information exchange (HIE), others put laws on the books or create policies that mandate interoperability, require the use of health IT standards or dictate connection...

North Carolina Group Achieves EHR Integration for Referrals

by Frank Irving

The Stage 2 meaningful use summary-of-care objective reportedly has been a challenge for eligible providers, particularly measure 2, which specifies that more than 10 percent of transitions or referrals must be electronically transmitted using...

CMS Sets Sights on Interoperability, Information Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Value-based care at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be a driving force behind providers choosing health IT based on its interoperability and ability to support coordinated care. This was the crux of the message delivered...

Funding to Fuel Tech Adoption at Georgia HIE Intermediaries

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange (HIE) in Georgia received a boost this week with infusion of $1 million in funding to accelerate technology adoption and electronic exchange of health information among members of the Georgia Health Information Network...

Primary Care Study Shows Health IT Integration on the Rise

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration is a strong suit of primary care doctors in the United States, compared to other countries. However U.S. physicians trail international colleagues in areas such as managing care for chronic-disease and mentally ill patients....

ONC Aims for Nationwide Health Information Exchange in 2016

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The immediate future of health IT will focus on efficient health information and improved usability of health information, according to the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). On Tuesday, National...

New EHR Interoperability Framework Touted as Game-Changer

by Sara Heath

Carequality has officially released its Carequality Interoperability Framework to streamline interoperability and health information exchange across the healthcare industry. According to a public statement, the Carequality Interoperability Framework...

St. Vincent Medical, IHIE Partner for EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has partnered with St. Vincent Medical Group to establish seamless health data exchange and interoperability between EHR systems. According to a press release, this partnership will aid the exchange...

RSNA, The Sequoia Project Partner for HIT Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Joining the industry-wide effort to improve health IT interoperability, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and The Sequoia Project have announced a partnership to improve the health IT interoperability of imaging technology....

RSNA, Sequoia Launch Imaging Interoperability Program

by Frank Irving

This week’s annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) brings news of a health IT interoperability initiative aimed at broadening access to medical images and reports. RSNA, in collaboration with The Sequoia Project,...

Georgia Practice Enables Data Exchange via CommonWell

by Frank Irving

Greenway Health announced last week that customers of its Prime Suite integrated EHR and practice management system could use the health data exchange capabilities of the CommonWell Health Alliance at no cost. That plan is already in action at...

Federal Health Information Exchange for Threat Preparedness

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has opened its Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) to facilitate exchange of disaster medical...

Texas Health Information Network Joins Carequality

by Frank Irving

HIETexas, a network spanning the Lone Star State, has joined the Sequoia Project’s Carequality initiative, which gives health data sharing networks nationwide the ability to communicate with each other by using a common interoperability...

Where Health Information Exchange Fits in Care Management

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Many health information exchanges nationally facing challenges in proving their value to healthcare organizations and providers — some had experienced success, others failure — but the complexity of value-based care could provide...

DirectTrust HIE Growth Shows Priority of Interoperability

by Sara Heath

The end of DirectTrust’s third quarter metrics shows a major surge in its users, showing an increase in health information exchange (HIE) and a need for interoperability in the health IT industry. According to a public statement released...

New Committee to Operationalize Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

Health information network collaborative Carequality has announced the membership of its Steering Committee for the 2015-2016 term. The new committee is charged with overseeing the launch of what Carequality describes as the nation’s broadest...



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