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EHNAC TEFCA Accreditation Program to Promote Interoperability

July 19, 2018 - The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) recently collaborated with WEDI, eHI, eP3 Foundation, and several other healthcare organizations to establish a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to promote interoperability in a way that aligns with ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). “This new program is set to...


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Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according t...

CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

by Kate Monica

In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that enabl...

Maximizing EHR Use of Problem Lists for Improved Health Outcomes

by Kate Monica

Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and health IT developers can take steps to increase clinician EHR use of problem lists for improved health outcomes and clinical efficiency, according to researchers from the University of Utah Depart...

CHIME, HIMSS, Premier Tackle Health Data Exchange Framework

by Kate Monica

HIMSS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Premier healthcare alliance have joined the slew of stakeholders to weigh in on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft. HIMSS sub...

DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, to Step Down

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently announced founding President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, will step down at the end of 2018. The DirectTrust Board of Directors is currently searching for a successor. The nonprofit healthcare industry alliance was created ...

McKesson Wins $400M DoD Imaging Health IT System Contract

by Kate Monica

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently awarded a $400 million contract to McKesson Technologies for a digital imaging network picture archiving and communications health IT system. McKesson will likely supply and maintain the system &mdas...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders ...ONC as Collaborator ONC has helped champion several efforts to advance healthcare interoperability in collaboration with industry, such as the patient matching algorithm challenge and support for the development of the FHIR API. “We h...

AMIA, Pew Charitable Trust Advocate for EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a joint letter to congressional appropriators requesting they ensure ONC has adequate funding to implement the EHR reporting program. In th...

Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

by Kate Monica

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist in...

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Connects Over 50% of Providers

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project’s Carequality Interoperability Framework now connects over half of the nation’s healthcare providers. Since its inception in July 2016, the interoperability network has grown to include more than 1,000 hospit...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider frustrations....

AMIA Urges ONC Update 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, Standards

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to ONC urging the federal agency to update the 2015 Interoperability Roadmap, enhance testing, and invest in improving health IT standards. The recommendations ...AMIA recommended ONC create a supplemental roadmap dedicated only to standards and the relationship between standards. The standards roadmap would also address which standards are phasing out of use and where the industry is headed in terms...

CMS to Implement New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

by Kate Monica

CMS recently announced that its quality programs will transition to the CQL standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU 2) for logic expression. Using CLQ will allow for better aligned standards between clinical decision support an...

HIMSS Calls on HHS to Improve Secure Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently called on HHS to assist providers in achieving nationwide secure health data exchange through promoting improved interoperability and standardization, among other aspects of exchange. Specifically, HIMSS requested HHS demonst...

Widespread Health IT Standards Use to End Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

Lately the discourse among healthcare leadership surrounding interoperability has morphed into a debate about information blocking — is it a real barrier to health data exchange or simply a red herring unfairly directing blame at EHR ...In addition to the collaboration with HL7, DirectTrust is also embarking on a new joint project with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The initiative to universally deploy the Direct standard aims to impro...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency announ...

CHIME, DirectTrust Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and DirectTrust announced today a collaboration to promote the deployment of the DirectTrust framework and health information exchange as the common interface for nationwid...

Key Takeaways from ONC Health Data Exchange Strategy

by Kate Monica

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 ...

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 implementa...Another is the advanced use of health IT standards for clinical data elements by reducing variation. Doing so would require leaders from VA, DoD, and the private sector to “agree on how to communicate information” for the benefi...

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