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NC Department of Health Enabling EHR Integration of PDMP Data

November 27, 2018 - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is taking steps to promote safer prescribing practices across the state by enabling EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data. NCDHHS will leverage Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway integration service to offer providers access to NarxCare and information from the state’s PDMP, the...


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DHMC Working With Epic EHR, NIH to Research, Improve Cancer Care

by Kate Monica

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is one of six health systems sharing a $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to leverage Epic EHR for research into improving cancer care. NIH and the Beau Biden Cancer...

Epic App Orchard Lowers Participation Fee for Health IT Developers

by Kate Monica

Participating in Epic App Orchard will now be more affordable for health IT developers, according to Epic App Orchard Director Brett Gann. Epic launched its marketplace for third-party apps in 2017. The app store allows vendors and health...

EHR Tools May Help to Increase Behavioral Health Screening Rates

by Kate Monica

EHR tools designed to address behavioral health needs may help to boost behavioral health screening rates in community health centers, according to new research from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM). Jetelina...

CRISP HIE Adopts API Infrastructure to Boost Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Chesapeake Regional Information System (CRISP) health information exchange (HIE) recently adopted an application programming interface (API) gateway into its infrastructure to improve health data exchange and EHR interoperability for...

Health IT Tools, Capabilities Required for Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A successful transition to value-based care will require effective partnerships between healthcare providers and health IT developers as well as among providers themselves to ensure that current and future EHR and health IT infrastructure...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

by Kate Monica

The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The...

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...

Health IT Interoperability Helps Connect Medical Staffs

by Frank Irving

Healthcare led all industries in mergers and acquisitions in 2015, with $688 billion worth of consolidations coming to a close, according to financial information firm Dealogic. And while analysts expect more of the same this year due to...

Telehealth Integration Enables Mercy to Monitor UNC Patients

by Frank Irving

A new telehealth integration partnership spanning more than 700 miles brings together Mercy Virtual of St. Louis and University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC), based in Chapel Hill, N.C. The two organizations announced on Feb. 8...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an...

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...

CONNECT Bill Boosts Prospects for Telehealth Integration

by Frank Irving

Six U.S. senators and three House representatives have introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, legislation that would spark telehealth integration across the...

Integration of Outsiders’ Data Highly Problematic for ACOs

by Frank Irving

Integrating data from out-of-network providers was the top health IT interoperability obstacle for accountable care organizations (ACOs) surveyed by Premier and the eHealth Initiative (eHI). In particular, the surveyed ACOs said they had...

Patients Happy with Doctor Visits But E-connections Lag

by Frank Irving

While patients’ satisfaction with their last office visit is on the rise, doctors could boost their standing with an added dose of health IT integration. Results of a new Harris Poll, released Jan. 20, defined patients as those who...

10 Notable Quotes on the State of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The field of health IT interoperability is pacing its way through interesting times. Sources ranging from the top level of federal health programs to mainstream news analysis outlets have weighed in on changes afoot for hospitals, health...

Health IT Comparison Tool Task Force Hears from Providers

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force resumes its work this week as the group looks to build a tool for providers to use when assessing products needed for future health IT integration...

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...

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...

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...

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