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Health IT Interoperability

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 16-22

by Frank Irving

There’s less than a month remaining to submit public comments on the EHR Incentive Programs Stage 3 final rule. The regulations become effective on Dec. 15, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 9-15

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a full-day meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Meaningful use will be front-and-center in discussions ranging from the recently...

Exploding 6 Myths of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At its most fundamental level, health IT interoperability means two or more systems or components having the ability to connect and exchange information — and to use the information that has been exchanged. Aside from that straightforward...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

by Frank Irving

A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

by Frank Irving

A grassroots advocacy project highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has equipped its members with a way to push for a pause in the EHR Incentive Program’s Stage 3 implementation....

Who’s at the Forefront of U.S. Health Information Exchange?

by Frank Irving

Which U.S. states are leading the way in health information exchange? HealthITInteroperability.com consulted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s interactive dashboard to uncover the vanguard states in six areas...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 19-25

by Frank Irving

Policy work rolls onward this week in terms of implementing aspects of the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap into actionable steps. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC)’s Clinical, Technical, Organizational and Financial Barriers...

Health IT Interoperability Shines in CHIME Innovation Award

by Frank Irving

Health IT interoperability is front-and-center for Hackensack University Medical Center, whose CIO, Shafiq Rab, MD, was named Innovator of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Oct. 15. Rab accepted...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 12-18

by Frank Irving

EHR developer Cerner’s annual Health Conference kicks off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a theme of “Connecting What Matters.” Highlighting the flow of — and access to — information, the event...

How Health IT Integration Can Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

An estimated 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error, according to a report published Sept. 23 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Such errors account for up to 17 percent of adverse errors in...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 5-11

by Frank Irving

Proposed legislation on electronic health records highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. Senators Bill Cassidy and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce their new EHR bill on Oct. 6. During last week’s Senate HELP Committee...

Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

by Frank Irving

The transition to ICD-10 will dominate health IT interoperability activities this week, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standing ready to process claims starting Oct. 1. CMS has spent $116 million preparing its systems...

Virtual Clipboard Takes on Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will collaborate on the next phase of the Virtual Clipboard Initiative and research to promote healthcare IT interoperability. WEDI...

IOM: Health IT Interoperability Factors in Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), known for its landmark research on medical errors and gaps in care quality, has turned its attention to the diagnostic process. As part of Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, a new report released by IOM on Sept....

Moving Toward a Universe of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At the beginning of September, standards development body HL7 International wrote to Congress urging federal support in improving the nation’s health IT interoperability infrastructure. In particular, HL7 called for heightened action to...

Task-Switching Hazard Revealed in EHR Integration Study

by Frank Irving

In a newly published study of how EHR integration may affect physician workflow, researchers found a 12 percent increase in tasks performed per minute by emergency department doctors after transition from a homegrown to a commercial EHR. Study...

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

by Frank Irving

What’s being described as potentially the largest special event ever held in the United States, Pope Francis’ two-day stay in Philadelphia this week will put area healthcare organizations on a heightened state of alert. In preparation,...

ONC Awards $38 Million to Improve Health IT Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On July 28, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded $38 million in grants, according to a press release. As a part of a goal to...

Rule Aims at Health Information Exchange in Long-Term Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed rule to reform requirements for long-term care facilities in Medicare and Medicaid includes a provision to support increased health IT adoption, particularly in the use of health information...

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