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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...

How Does Competition Impact Healthcare Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the nationwide interoperability roadmap drafted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and identified aspects of the plan that could have a negative impact...

What FHIR Has Learned from Past Interoperability Failures

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and its initial draft of the nationwide interoperability roadmap are receiving the lion's share of attention at the moment as the healthcare industry considers...

Industry Groups Share Views on ONC Interoperability Roadmap

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Industry feedback on the first draft of the nationwide interoperability roadmap published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made its way to the federal agency which must now consider the concerns...

Doctors Debate Costs of Minn. EHR Interoperability Mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate still consider two bills to repeal the 2015 EHR interoperability mandate, members of the Minnesotan provider community continue to debate the implications of the requirement on patient care....

How Do Data Exchange Standards of Meaningful Use Differ?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The exchange of patient summaries is a central requirement of the EHR Incentive Programs, but prior to the publication of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements multiple standards were available for use. Those two were the continuity of care...

First CommonWell Executive Director Talks Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The approach of HIMSS15 means that CommonWell Health Alliance, the consortium founded by health IT developers, is preparing to celebrate another year of existence. The timing may be only a coincidence, but the organization has finally named its...

SGR Repeal Aims to Require Widespread EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest attempt to address the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments to providers also includes requirements for achieving widespread EHR interoperability in less than three years. Introduced by Representative...

How Does the ONC Plan to Promote Health IT Data Standards?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) still has a great deal of coordinating to do as the healthcare industry begins to mature into its demands for interoperability, but it has a plan.  Health IT data standards are a hot topic of...

Standards Impacting Direct Exchange, Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new report on DirectTrust interoperability testing and recommendations for improving Direct exchange identifies a handful of challenges and solutions, the most important of which centers on how optional standards for attachments accompanying...

Meaningful Use Changes Needed to Support Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The transition from volume- to value-based care requires changes to meaningful use requirements that should focus on health quality and outcomes rather than mandatory health IT processes and promote standards and use cases for interoperability,...

Medical Device Interoperability Could Improve Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The overwhelming majority of nurses are frustrated by a lack of medical device interoperability in the hospital setting, finds a new survey by West Health, and believe that they could save time, reduce up to half of all patient safety errors,...

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