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Health IT Interoperability

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...

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...

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