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Consumer Group Calls on HHS to Improve Health Data Sharing

by Frank Irving

Consumer advocacy association Clear Choices reached out this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with recommendations to improve healthcare transparency through publicly shared data. Part of the solution lies in applying...

Portal’s Promise: Engaging Patients in Preventive Healthcare

by Frank Irving

Healthcare interoperability means more than connecting information technology systems and tools with one another. From a holistic standpoint, the concept extends into the patient-facing sphere, offering individuals an interactive means of taking...

E-visits Among Health IT Integration Pilots at Beaumont

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will factor into new pilot programs at Southeast Michigan’s Beaumont Health aimed at improving patient communication and interaction. Beaumont, Michigan’s largest health system in terms of inpatient admissions...

Health IT Comparison Tool Framework Taking Shape

by Frank Irving

The federal Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force is on the clock to come up with recommendations that may eventually help providers build out their health IT infrastructure. CTC, an advisory body to the national coordinator for health...

High-Cost Drugs: A Dark Cloud Hanging Over HIT Integration

by Frank Irving

A number of accomplishments point to 2015 as having been a banner year for health IT integration. Consider, for instance, gains in EHR adoption by providers in underserved settings, the nearly glitch-free transition to ICD-10 from a claims processing...

Health IT Interoperability Ends 2015 on Transitional Note

by Frank Irving

Industry experts recognize that health IT interoperability won’t be summarily achieved by any solitary prod or mandate. After all, according to the authority known as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which published...

OSU Wexner Medical Center Captures Second Davies Award

by Frank Irving

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is the first two-time winner of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes health IT integration that substantially improves patient outcomes while achieving...

Hospitals Seeing Opportunities to Integrate Workflows

by Frank Irving

More than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals could take advantage of health IT integration across departments that would help them capture, transform and manage information from anywhere at any time. Results of a newly released survey reveal that achieving...

Hospital Roundup: Recent Health Technology Investments

by Frank Irving

As the week draws to a close, here’s a look at health IT integration and practical application at hospitals around the country. San Joaquin General Hospital in California has signed a $37 million, seven-year contract for a new health information...

Outsourcing Prevalent in Health IT Integration Plans

by Frank Irving

Nearly three-quarters of hospitals and health systems with over 300 beds will be looking outside their organizational walls in 2016 for health IT integration help ranging from application development to complex infrastructure services, according...

Centura Health Earns Davies Award for IT Excellence

by Frank Irving

Centura Health, which manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, has earned a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in health IT integration. The distinction recognizes the use of health information technology to improve...

Physician Progress on Telehealth ‘Small but Significant’

by Frank Irving

Only 15 percent of a survey sample of more than 1,500 family physicians reported they had provided telehealth services for their patients in the past 12 months. Nonetheless, researchers from the Robert Graham Center found that telehealth integration...

Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrastructure of APMs

by Frank Irving

The Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group focused on the former rather than the latter during its most recent meeting. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) subgroup met on Nov. 5 to discuss which technologies and tools would...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 21-27

by Frank Irving

What’s being described as potentially the largest special event ever held in the United States, Pope Francis’ two-day stay in Philadelphia this week will put area healthcare organizations on a heightened state of alert. In preparation,...

Limited Health Information Exchange to Hinder Care Quality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without quality information, a healthcare provider is unable to provide quality care. Health information exchange has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the right information is available at the right place at the right time. That assumes...

Audit of Illinois Health Information Exchange Finds Faults

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A state audit of the Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) has found material weakness in the organization's internal controls over the first few months of its existence. The report from the Auditor General of the State of Illinois...

Texas Bill Sets Health Information Exchange, Interoperability Goals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Public health agencies in Texas have close to two months to prepare for meeting requirements for standards-based health information exchange and interoperability with the enactment of a new piece of state legislation. Dubbed "Ken's Bill"...

The Sequoia Project Not New to Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The phrase health information exchange has a history of causing confusion. On one hand, nearly every state has an HIE, an organization responsible for health data sharing. On the other hand, there is the actually process of exchanging health...

AHA Stresses Need for Defining Interoperability in IMPACT Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has voiced concerns about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement the interoperability and standardization provisions of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...

Health IT Interoperability to Enable Clinical Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health systems have many reasons for seeking healthcare integration from improving their clinical operations to strengthening their market positions. The recent emergence of population health management can be added to list and like the others...



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