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Health IT Interoperability

ONC Addresses MACRA Health Data Interoperability, HIE Measures

by Sara Heath

After a slew of industry feedback, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made adjustments for how it will measure interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) under MACRA. In an ONC blog...

MACRA Must Do More to Promote Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

MACRA requires more provisions to facilitate health data interoperability and the secure exchange of health information, says the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a comments letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

New Technology Aims to Boost Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Six Bay Area hospitals have joined together to improve health data interoperability in emergency departments in an effort to boost care coordination and patient-centered care. According to a press release, the hospitals, spear-headed by Sutter...

Has ONC Assumed Too Much about Interoperability for MACRA?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The closing date for responding to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) request for information on measuring health IT interoperability for MACRA implementation came and went a week ago with several industry...

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)...

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...

Clinical Trial Success Relies on Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health data interoperability may be the key to enhancing clinical trials, says the Food and Drug Administration. In its recent draft guide Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations, the FDA discussed the potential EHR data...

Task Force Says Federal API Requirements Need Standardization

by Sara Heath

The API Task Force Committee, a subset under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has released a set of guidelines calling for better coordination for the protocol of application programming interface (API)...

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...

GAO Appoints 3 New Members to Health IT Policy Committee

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Government Accountability Office has named three new members of the Health IT Policy Committee to represent payers, patients and consumers, and employers, the federal agency announced Thursday. “It’s important to have the input...

NATE, CommonWell Partner to Promote Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Major industry leaders, the CommonWell Health Alliance and the National Association for Trusted Exchange, have partnered to boost health data interoperability, according to a public announcement. Both organizations have signed a pledge to join...

Is Nashville the Center of Health Data Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

If technology works so seamlessly and comprehensively in most walks of life, why isn’t health data interoperability stronger? That is one of the main questions on most healthcare professionals’ minds, as well as the talking point...

Texas Health Information Exchange Receives EHNAC Accreditation

by Sara Heath

A Texas health information exchange has received accreditation from the Texas Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (TX-HIEAP), recognizing its exemplary handling of PHI when exchanging health data across disparate technologies. The...

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 favorable...

How Inbound Data Changes Health IT Interoperability Strategy

by Frank Irving

How much does interoperability factor into IT design strategy at healthcare organizations? Not enough, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which spent part of its Interim Meeting in November advocating for more interoperable...

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

Sequoia and CommonWell: Paths to Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Sequoia Project and the CommonWell Health Alliance travel on separate tracks, but move in the same direction — facilitating and inspiring progress toward nationwide health data exchange and health IT interoperability. Their respective...

Work Begins on Precision Medicine Healthcare Data Standards

by Frank Irving

Over the next four months, a Health IT Standards Committee task force will be developing and refining recommendations to support the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) under which providers, researchers and patients will work toward individualized...

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

by Frank Irving

Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

HELP Clears Improving Health Information Technology Act

by Frank Irving

With health IT interoperability as one of it seven pillars, the Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) received unanimous support from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee members yesterday. The legislation...

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