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Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

August 10, 2017 - ONC recently posted key takeaways from its first multi-stakeholder meeting to develop a national plan for standardizing health data exchange, otherwise known as the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. In particular, panelists emphasized the need for seamless health data access, improved population health management, and competitive, open application programming...


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Pew Calls on VA to Prioritize Health Data Exchange, Safety

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, The Pew Charitable Trusts has called on Secretary David J. Shulkin, MD, and the federal agency to prioritize health data exchange and patient safety in its forthcoming EHR implementation....

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

AMIA Submits ONC Interoperability Framework Recommendations

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Donald Rucker, MD with recommendations to improve the ONC Interoperability Framework. Representing 5,400...

CHIME to Take Over Annual Healthcare Most Wired Study

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) will now be in charge of conducting the annual healthcare Most Wired hospitals study. CHIME will take over all aspects of the survey and benchmarking program starting next year....

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

Report Targets Health IT-Related Patient Safety Problems

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) yesterday released a report exploring the relationship between patient safety and health IT and ways providers, policymakers and health IT developers can improve it. The organization outlined the progress made...

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...

Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform Ready for Adoption

by Kate Monica

The Regenstrief Institute and AMA recently announced the EHR Clinical Learning Platform is ready for implementation in schools across the country to improve EHR training in medical school curricula. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IU)...

WEDI Calls for Health IT System Cybersecurity Improvements

by Kate Monica

WEDI is calling for increased cybersecurity investments by healthcare organizations to protect health IT infrastructure from the growing interest of cybercriminals. WEDI, a nonprofit organization focusing on using health IT for health data exchange...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in several...

Regenstrief Confirms Commitment to Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

In a display of commitment to data standardization in health data exchange, The Regenstrief Foundation at Indiana University School of Medicine has established the Regenstrief-McDonald Chair in Data Standards to honor the work of Sam Regenstrief...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

by Kate Monica

Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

by Kate Monica

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees....

IHE, PCHAlliance to Launch Joint Interoperability Initiatives

by Kate Monica

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are set to kick off several joint initiatives this year centered on improving health data exchange between EHR and health IT systems. Specifically,...

HL7, HSPC Partner to Initiate Interoperability FHIR Projects

by Kate Monica

Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) have reached an agreement to pursue the development of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, the organizations announced this...

Work by Providers, Payers Needed to Advance Healthcare APIs

by Kate Monica

While patients have eagerly adopted technology powered by application programming interfaces (APIs) for personal use and health data generation, providers have shown great hesitance. Yet new research suggests healthcare APIs to improve provider...

Health IT Standards, Interoperability to Gain Traction in 2017

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Among five health IT trends to watch for in 2017, DirectTrust CEO & President David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA anticipates progress in health IT interoperability and added attention being paid to emergent health technologies such as health IT standards...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

ONC Celebrates FHIR-Powered Interoperability Demonstrations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Connected Health Conference at National Harbor in Maryland was the site of a recent demonstration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and its ability to enable health data liquidity. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

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