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Shulkin Details Planned 2018 VA EHR Modernization Activities

June 26, 2017 - VA Secretary David Shulkin recently released a statement delving into the specifics of a VA budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018 and the department’s EHR modernization plans and other health IT investments. The FY 2018 budget submission includes legislative requests proposed to increase financial flexibility at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). A recently issued appropriations...


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How Surescripts Approaches Patient Safety Improvements

by Kate Monica

Accurate patient identification and data retrieval is crucial to ensuring patient safety in care delivery. The potential repercussions of misidentification range from adverse drug reactions to inadvertent patient harm resulting from unknown allergies...

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 integration...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the number...

Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

by Kate Monica

A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification nationwide. After...

Epic EHR Interoperability at Center of New Partnership

by Kate Monica

Premise Health today announced a new partnership with Epic to improve patient experience and expand interoperability across the spectrum of care. The worksite health and patient engagement company intends to implement Epic EHR in all its worksite...

4 Initiatives Advancing Healthcare Interoperability in 2017

by Kate Monica

Healthcare interoperability has been a priority for vendors and providers since the advent of health data exchange. Timely access to accurate health information regardless of health IT system or location improves provider communication and patient...

ONC Seeks Improved Interoperability Standards Measurement

by Kate Monica

ONC recognizes the need to push nationwide interoperability further to the forefront of health IT infrastructure. The federal agency recently published a Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework to assess the healthcare industry’s...

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

by Kate Monica

Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s significant...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

by Kate Monica

In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two vendors will...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

by Kate Monica

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The...

NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts Expand Health IT Capabilities

by Kate Monica

NextGen Healthcare has signed a deal to acquire Entrada for more than $30 million, the EHR company announced earlier this week. According to the announcement, Entrada made a net gain of nearly 10 million in revenue in the 2016 calendar year. ...

Health IT Systems Partly Responsible for Medication Errors

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Staley Lawes, PharmD, BCPS, and Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, found poor implementation of health IT can result in medication errors and higher risks of patient harm. While health IT has evolved to become a vital component...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

by Kate Monica

In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data exchange...

Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you...

HealthlinkNY Redefines Role of a Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

HealthlinkNY, the health information exchange (HIE) in central New York, continues to cement its position as one of the leading health information networks currently in operation. A recent study used the HIE headquartered in Binghamton to measure...

HIE Partnership to Improve Health Data Exchange of Imaging

by Kate Monica

Syracuse-based regional health information organization HealtheConnections is working with HIE solution developer eHealth Technologies to facilitate exchange of medical images between healthcare providers throughout the state. The ability to...

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 Registry...

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