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Health IT Interoperability

ONC Clarifies Health IT Interoperability Under HIPAA

by Frank Irving

Many providers believe that HIPAA restrictions prevent them from moving protected health information (PHI) in certain patient care situation. However, that’s a common misconception potentially hindering health IT interoperability when,...

Health IT Interoperability Among CHIME Chronic Care Concerns

by Frank Irving

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), in a letter sent last week to leadership of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group, emphasized four areas of focus in determining policies to improve...

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 high...

ONC Chief Emphasizes Commitments Toward Connected Health IT

by Frank Irving

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, addressing a joint meeting of federal policy and standards advisory committees on Jan. 20, accentuated top-level vision for achieving nationwide health IT interoperability. The remarks...

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 systems...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 18-24

by Frank Irving

This week in health IT interoperability will sharpen focus on the future of information technology (IT) product comparison. During a meeting of the Certified Technology Comparison Task (CTC) on Jan. 15, government officials gave an overview of...

Care Coordination Paramount as New ACO Models Roll Out

by Frank Irving

Care coordination and health IT interoperability are fundamentally entwined, with the bind becoming ever-tighter as hospitals, health systems and medical practices venture further into value-based care programs. On Jan. 11, the U.S. Department...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 11-17

by Frank Irving

Topping the agenda for the upcoming week in health IT interoperability is the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, which runs Jan. 11-14 in San Francisco. More than 300 companies are scheduled to make presentations to over 4,000 investors...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 4-10

by Frank Irving

Although it’s consumer-centric, expect CES — the world’s largest technology trade show — to offer glimpses of innovations that could someday play into health IT interoperability. CES, with 2.4 million square feet...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

by Frank Irving

The eHealth Exchange leads off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with news of Northern Virginia’s Inova healthcare system connecting to the U.S. Department of Defense in a partnership to electronically share patient health...

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...

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

by Frank Irving

Year-end documentation highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability, after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beat a statutory deadline with the Dec. 18 publication of its draft Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP)....

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 14-20

by Frank Irving

As last week came to a close, the American Medical Association (AMA) went public with a statement denouncing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for posting new data deemed “premature and incomplete” on its Physician...

Advocates Urge Reform, Not Delay, in MU Requirements

by Frank Irving

Reforms to improve health IT interoperability should be included in any legislative changes to the EHR meaningful use program, according to a Dec. 7 letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The letter, spearheaded by interoperability...

Getting a Handle on APIs and Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

With preliminary meetings over the past two weeks, the Health IT Policy Committee’s API Task Force has begun to uncover possible barriers to the widespread adoption of open application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. It has...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 7-13

by Frank Irving

The week ahead in health IT interoperability offers a chance to get questions answered about how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affects Medicare quality reporting programs. You can join the Medicare Learning Network call,...

RSNA, Sequoia Launch Imaging Interoperability Program

by Frank Irving

This week’s annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) brings news of a health IT interoperability initiative aimed at broadening access to medical images and reports. RSNA, in collaboration with The Sequoia Project,...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

by Frank Irving

The week ahead in health IT interoperability begins with more than 47,000 radiology industry professionals assembled in Chicago for RSNA 2015, which runs through Dec. 4. In his opening remarks on Nov. 30, RSNA President Ronald Arenson, MD,...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 23-29

by Frank Irving

It’s a short week ahead for health IT interoperability as we pause to appreciate the unsung heroes on the caregiving frontlines and all who support them behind the scenes. With many family members, friends and professional colleagues serving...

New Committee to Operationalize Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

Health information network collaborative Carequality has announced the membership of its Steering Committee for the 2015-2016 term. The new committee is charged with overseeing the launch of what Carequality describes as the nation’s broadest...



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