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Health Information Exchange

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...

PA Health Information Exchange Continues New Member Growth

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) just got a little bigger with the addition of Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE) to its health data repository, according to a press release. KeyHIE joins several other Pennsylvania...

How Health Information Exchange Policy Affects Health Data

by Sara Heath

The volume of patient data transmitted via a health information exchange doesn’t solely rely on the technical capacities of the exchange; rather, it also depends upon the policies in place that facilitate data exchange, a recent study shows....

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?

by Sara Heath

According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which interoperability is...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

VA, NATE Join Forces for Health Information Exchange Efforts

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has joined the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), thus better facilitating health information exchange between patients and providers. According to a public statement, the agency will...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), DirectTrust...

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