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How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

True Interoperability Needs Health IT Standards, Use Cases

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two witnesses for a recent Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing emphasized the need for tight health IT standards and use cases for health data exchange in order to improve the EHR user experience and achieve true interoperability....

What Does Open Mean in the Context of EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A learning health system is not possible without conformance to five EHR interoperability use cases by healthcare providers and health IT developers, claims the authors of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...

Debating Role of Congress in Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a hearing on the subject of health information exchange, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions received feedback as to the role Congress should play in advancing health IT interoperability. According...

Are Health IT Standards, APIs Too Immature for Stage 3?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Both the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) are critical of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements that rely on emerging health IT standards and application programming...

How to Map Epic EHR Lab Orders to Reference Laboratories

by Charlie Francen of CTG Solutions

As Epic Community Connect continues to expand, more physician offices loosely affiliated with multi-hospital systems are expected to begin participating in the shared electronic record system. These physician offices may send patients or specimens...

Healthcare Interoperability to Face Numerous Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The much-anticipated shift to personalized medicine and wellness will require healthcare providers to make better use of health IT standards and advance healthcare interoperability, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. "More than...

Is a Culture Change Critical for Health IT Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One step necessary for advancing health IT interoperability is the development and implementation of health IT standards. Another is removing health data governance policies that are responsible for health information blocking. "While not...

Reducing Health IT Interoperability Friction with FHIR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One of the healthcare industry’s joint efforts to resolve a lack of health IT interoperability made a surprising discovery when their certified health IT systems were first connected. “We all hooked our systems up to each other and...

Unlocking EHR Systems, Advancing Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The varying interpretation of health IT standards and specifications has contributed to a lack of health IT interoperability, but its effect on health data exchange may pale in comparison to how different definitions of open EHR technology has...

#Cures2015 Bill Criticized for Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite the progress that the 21st Century Cures Act made this week, its provisions for ensuring health IT interoperability are drawing criticism from healthcare industry groups about their complexity and omission of certain features. On Thursday,...

THSA Seeks Data on Cost of Health IT Integration, Interfaces

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Texas Health Services Authority (THSA) is requesting information to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange in the Lone Star State. The public-private partnership created by the Texas Legislature to support health information...

Advancing Healthcare Interoperability Beyond Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For the last couple years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has moved to differentiate EHR and health IT certification from the EHR Incentive Programs, a process which in many ways has resembled a...

Clinical Engagement Needed for Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers can be either the beneficiaries or victims of health IT standards, yet providers often are left out of conversations about these standards when it comes to their development in the lab and implementation in the field. During...

Turning Health IT Standards into Useable Technology, Data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health IT certification and usability are not the same thing. The former is based on the implementation and performance of health IT standards in a health IT vendor's technology whereas the latter is based on the health IT end-user's...

Testing, Certification to Drive Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As EHR use moves from health data collection to exchange, it must now include the ability to send and receive electronic clinical information in an efficient and effective way and do so in concert with other health IT systems and services. Over...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Impact Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CHICAGO — With the proposed rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use and the changes to meaningful use requirements from 2015 to 2017, the EHR Incentive Programs are closing in on the end of road. However, the few years the meaningful use program...

How Interoperability Is Changing the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CHICAGO — The timing of the proposed rule to change meaningful use requirements from 2015 to 2017 signals more than increased flexibility for eligible providers and preparation for streamlined objectives for all participating hospitals...

ONC Report to Congress Tackles Risks of Information Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In response to a Congressional request, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published a report detailing the implications of information blocking for health data exchange and interoperability related to...

Providers Not Demanding Health Data Exchange from Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite the importance placed on healthcare interoperability and health data exchange by federal officials, a majority of healthcare organizations and providers are not demanding these capabilities from their health IT vendors. This is one of...

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