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EHRA Clarifies Key Notes in ONC Data Blocking Report Advice

by Sara Heath

In an effort to clear up its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) information blocking report, the HIMSS EHR Association (EHRA) has published a statement clarifying its intentions. Explaining that much of the...

First Two Data Registries Accredited for Handling PHI

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has granted full accreditation status to two beta test participants in its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). The program establishes requirements for managing registry...

Health IT Standards: Sequoia Offers Patient Matching Model

by Frank Irving

In recognition of patient matching as a persistent obstacle to seamless information exchange between organizations, the Sequoia Project on Nov. 10 released a proposed framework for patient identity management. Sequoia is collaborating with...

HIMSS: Interoperability Standards Advisory Needs More Detail

by Sara Heath

After releasing its draft for the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) sought public comment to make revisions. Earlier this week, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems...

Health Data Sharing Leads to New Flu Trend Prediction System

by Sara Heath

Researchers have developed an improved influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting system, thanks to the use of EHR technology and health data sharing. By aggregating information from EHRs and crowd-sourced data sources, researchers have developed...

Exploding 6 Myths of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At its most fundamental level, health IT interoperability means two or more systems or components having the ability to connect and exchange information — and to use the information that has been exchanged. Aside from that straightforward...

Flu Forecasts Sharpen, Models Built on Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Epidemiologists are translating the power of health data exchange into practical application that could lead to better flu forecasts. A research team at Boston Children’s Hospital has combined multiple data sources, including social media...

Policy Committee, ONC Spar on Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is taking on the thorny issue of state law in regard to the sharing and use of electronic health information within the framework of its recently released Shared Nationwide Interoperability...

States Make Connection for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange is crossing state boundaries in the southeastern United States thanks to a successful connection between information networks in Georgia and Alabama. The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Alabama’s...

ONC Chief DeSalvo Faces Resistance to Current HHS Nomination

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly a year has passed since the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) took on the role of Acting Assistant Secretary Health of the Department of Health & Human Services and nearly half a...

Who’s at the Forefront of U.S. Health Information Exchange?

by Frank Irving

Which U.S. states are leading the way in health information exchange? HealthITInteroperability.com consulted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s interactive dashboard to uncover the vanguard states in six areas...

Mass. Home Care Agencies Partner for HIT Adoption Initiative

by Sara Heath

The growing emphasis on value over volume and the shift of care delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings have increased the need for seamless health information exchange (HIE), especially as the home becomes another care setting. This past...

Micky Tripathi Joins The Sequoia Project Board of Directors

by Sara Heath

The Sequoia Project announced a key leadership addition on Wednesday. The organization overseeing nationwide interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives added Micky Tripathi, PhD, President and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth...

WEDI Workgroup Explores Genomic Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) plans to develop a “common industry vision” for genomic data exchange through the activities of a dedicated workgroup. WEDI announced its new Genomic Data Exchange Workgroup on...

12 EHR Vendors Reach Agreement on Interoperability Standards

by Sara Heath

Widespread EHR interoperability is a major goal for health IT stakeholders, yet healthcare industry is still searching for solutions to ineffective care coordination, patient engagement, and the numerous other challenges resulting from a lack...

Cancer Drivers Uncovered by Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Researchers have leveraged the power of health data exchange to create a new catalogue of so-called “cancer drivers,” altered genes that are responsible for progression of the disease. Scientists combined publicly available cancer...

Vendors Pledge Collaboration on EHR Interoperability Metric

by Frank Irving

EHR interoperability often evades precise definition, but a new effort aims to put in place transparent measures of health information exchange and reporting on progress toward achieving it. A group of 12 EHR vendors who attended the...

athenahealth Leads Epic, Cerner in Ease of EHR Data Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems trail athenahealth as the easiest, most effective EHR technology to connect to for EHR data sharing purposes, according to the latest KLAS performance report on EHR interoperability. The October report —...

Health Information Exchange in New York Continues Growth

by Sara Heath

Health information exchange (HIE) networks have just gotten larger in New York State. On October 18, HealthlinkNY, the state’s HIE network, announced that it is has connected the Hudson Valley and New York’s Southern Tier to the Statewide...

Carrying Forward Provider Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) announced in early October a collaborative effort to more effectively enable health information exchange among providers,...



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