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Michigan HIE Enables State Immunization System Queries

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A partnership between Lakeland Health System and Great Lakes Health Connect has enabled the hospital organization to become the first of its kind in Michigan to allow EHR users to query patient immunization in the Michigan Care Improvement...

IHE, PCHAlliance to Launch Joint Interoperability Initiatives

by Kate Monica

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are set to kick off several joint initiatives this year centered on improving health data exchange between EHR and health IT systems....

Epic Systems Takes Home Top Honors in 2017 Best in KLAS

by Kate Monica

In the report published today, Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor, receiving Best in KLAS awards in eight segments, the research firm announced. Included in Epic’s myriad awards are Best in KLAS Ambulatory...

AMIA Seeks Improvements to PCORI Data Access, Exchange Policy

by Kate Monica

In response to a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) request on its Data Access and Data Sharing Policy, the American Medical Informatics Association voiced general support for the guidelines while seeking four changes to...

DirectTrust Increased Health Data Exchange Activities in 2016

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently reported a record 146-percent increase in health data exchange transactions using the Direct health IT standard in 2016. The organization experienced record growth not only in the number of Direct message transactions...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to ease health data exchange of certain behavioral health information and touches on the health IT implications for sharing these records electronically. Dubbed the...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

by Kate Monica

One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the...

Impact of eHealth Exchange on Nationwide Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Leveraging existing health IT infrastructure is an integral element of the federal plan for achieving nationwide interoperability and successfully implementing a learning health system. The eHealth Exchange is a prime example of this idea...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Improve Data Sharing

by Kate Monica

New partnerships between health plan organizations and health data exchanges are paving the way for nationwide interoperability with some networks beginning that work at a more local level. In Los Angeles County, health plan LA Care...

Governors Unveil 5-Point Plan to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Earlier this month, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) provided new guidance for addressing and removing obstacles to health data exchange at the state level. Legal obstructions, such as restrictive laws and fear of...

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations. Last week, the California Integration Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that the largest healthcare...

Epic EHR Interoperability Atop 2016 Health IT Headlines

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability took many important steps forward in 2016, the most significant perhaps being a recent development that saw Carequality and Common CommonWell Health Alliance have reached an agreement to make several their...

DoD Makes Important Health Information Exchange Move in WA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In advance of the rollout of its new enterprise EHR platform nationwide, the Department of Defense has entered into a partnership with Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) to develop a health information exchange portal...

DirectTrust Eclipses Health Information Exchange Milestone

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

DirectTrust announced midweek that its directory service has reached “critical mass” with more than 500,000 entries. The entries range from Direct addresses (necessary for Direct health information exchange) and provider...

HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified...

Doubts Raised about 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the Senate early this week appears to be a done deal, but many of its provisions represent causes for concern for the head of one organization focused on supporting healthcare interoperability...

VA Completes Another Health Information Exchange Connection

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Veterans Affairs continues extending the reach of its health data in its most recent connection to New Hampshire’s statewide health information exchange. Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Health Information...

EHR Use, Care Coordination Key to Treating Substance Abuse

by Sara Heath

EHR use is integral to substance abuse treatment because it fosters better care coordination and clinical care improvement, according to the Surgeon General. In the Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, the Surgeon General observed strong...

The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Sequoia Project’s recent health IT partnership with the Social Services Administration (SSA) and Department of Veteran Affairs is the latest of series of achievements for health data exchange over the year. To commemorate...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by...

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