Electronic Health Records

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Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT vendors, KLAS...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in grants...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

Surescripts Makes Record Finding Service Free to EHR Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR interoperability received a shot in the arm with the decision by Surescripts to offer EHR vendors free access to its proprietary service for locating patient records over the next three years. The health information network made the announcement...

Transition to Value-Based Care Requires Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In new guidance for healthcare providers and payers, the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) has called for improvements to the mechanisms and strategies for health data exchange in order to support the transition to value-based care....

Role of Health Data Exchange in Advancing Care Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the advancing care information performance category will replace meaningful use for eligible clinicians — and place a strong emphasis on healthcare interoperability and health...

Using Health Information Exchange to Reduce Strain on EDs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Use of health information exchanges could provide a solution to avoiding unnecessary visits to emergency departments while improving patient care, according to a recent study in the Southern Medical Journal. A team of researchers used data from...

Improving EHR Adoption, Use through International Example

by Sara Heath

Physician-facing EHR adoption is thriving around the globe although health information exchange and patient portal adoption are low, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. The study was conducted as...

Surescripts: 48% Increase in Health Data Exchanges in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchange at Surescripts experienced tremendous growth between 2014 and 2015, according to the health information network's latest annual report. All told, Surescripts processed a total of 9.7 billion secure data transactions...

Tips for Overcoming Health Information Exchange Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to catch flak from both sides of Congress for its inability to advance health IT interoperability with the Department of Defense (DoD). The federal agency has even taken steps to improve its understanding...

Will FHIR, APIs Help or Hinder Health Information Exchanges?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Application programming interfaces, such as the much-discussed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, have the potential to increase the fluidity and sharing of health data currently stored away in health IT systems. But will increased API...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?

by Sara Heath

Are EHR vendors to blame for lacking health data interoperability and health information exchange? Recent research published in Health Affairs suggests they may be. According to researchers Jordan Everson and Julia Adler-Milstein, hospitals in...

Value Remains a Problem for Health Information Exchanges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Several years have passed since federal funding spurred the development of health information exchanges across the country, yet many of these facilitators of health data exchange and interoperability are still struggling to demonstrate value...

Is Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information exchanges and...

Electronic Health Data Exchange Eludes Small, Rural Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Compared to larger urban and suburban hospitals, small, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, finding, and integrating data electronically, according to new data published by the Office of the National...

What Does EHR Interoperability Mean for MACRA Implementation?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In recent remarks to the American Osteopathic Association, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put the onus for EHR interoperability squarely on the shoulders of EHR vendors and not end-users. “The burden...

Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A report from the House Committee on Appropriations contains language on the use of national patient identifiers indicating the possibility that future legislation could remove the prohibition against the federal government funding...

DoD Health Systems Connected to OK Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) has become the first health information exchange to connect with the Department of Defense, putting the department one step closer to full health data interoperability. According to a press release, subscribers...

New Technology Aims to Boost Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Six Bay Area hospitals have joined together to improve health data interoperability in emergency departments in an effort to boost care coordination and patient-centered care. According to a press release, the hospitals, spear-headed by Sutter...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?

by Sara Heath

As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed at...

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