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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...

HIMSS Weighs in on MACRA Interoperability Measures Debate

by Sara Heath

Just as other experts have suggested, the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) have suggested CMS expand its scope in interoperability measures under the new MACRA legislation....

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

Patient-Centered Data Home Initiative to Drive Nationwide HIE

by Sara Heath

Three members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to form a patient-centered data home (PCDH) initiative, which could better facilitate interstate health information exchange (HIE), the group...

DirectTrust’s Patient-Centered HIE to Boost Patient Engagement

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has launched the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) to better support health information exchange (HIE) between patients and their providers, says a recent press release. The program will alleviate cost and technology barriers...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

PA Doctors Win Big in Health Information Exchange Contest

by Sara Heath

A group from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has won a national competition for building technologies supporting health information exchange between hospitals and public health agencies, according to a recent press release. The...

PA Health Information Exchange Awards $3.8M in Grants

by Sara Heath

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded over $3 million in funding to help hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations connected to the state’s health information exchange (HIE), Pennsylvania’s...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

Managing EHR Optimization in Absence of Physician Champions

by Mark Belanger of MAeHC

For nearly two decades, EHR implementation efforts at healthcare organizations big and small have included the “physician champion.” This is the bold and trusted ambassador who has embraced modern technology and who will lead the...

Texas Health Information Exchange Shares First Data with HIO

by Sara Heath

A new health information exchange (HIE) is on the Texas map, and it has officially exchanged data with the first of its member HIOs. According to a recent press release, the Paso del Notre Health Information Exchange (PDN HIE) has officially...

How Health IT Interoperability Is Driving Healthcare M&A

by Christopher Helmrath of SC&H Capital

Health IT interoperability is the aim of current healthcare IT mergers and acquisitions, but that wasn’t always the case. Megamergers have abruptly given way to middle-market acquisitions. While this shift is undoubtedly good news for aspiring...

SHIN-NY HIE Successfully Implements Patient Record Lookup

by Sara Heath

SHIN-NY, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York, has released its first-ever newsletter update, detailing its progress with the HIE’s patient record lookup projects. According to Patrick Roohan, the author of the newsletter...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

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