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Health IT Standards

Growing Urgency for Health IT Interoperability Governance

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Standards play a central role in the healthcare industry achieving health IT interoperability, yet their increasing availability raises the need for strong guidance and where it should come from. “There is no lack of standards. The problem...

How Private Industry is Embracing Healthcare Data Standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

Most of the mandates related to health IT adoption in recent years have been relatively unilateral, with the ONC and CMS goading providers into meaningful use participation and trying to crack the whip on ICD-10.  While the healthcare industry...

Mobile Devices Increase Need for Healthcare Interoperability

by Ryan Mcaskill

The demand for mobile devices in the healthcare field has IT departments increasing their focus on interoperability. There are a number of benefits that come from adding mobile devices to healthcare. The power of tablets and smartphones allow...

What Slowed Progress of Health Data Exchange in 2014?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of the four key areas of focus identified in a 2013 health data exchange report and roadmap published by Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation has found that two failed to...

Interoperability Bill Eyes EHR Oversight, Certification, Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One member of the House of Representatives has revealed his plans for enabling widespread interoperability through a number of regulatory changes to EHR certification and adoption included in an early draft of new legislation. The author of the...

New Minn. Bill Seeks to Remove EHR Interoperability Mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A bill introduced into the Minnesota House of Representatives aims to modify a 2007 mandate for EHR interoperability among hospitals and physicians beginning in 2015. On Monday, Republican Representatives Glenn Gruenhagen and Steve Drazkowski...

Understanding Interoperability, Value of Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Defining interoperability in healthcare represents an important first step in the understanding the challenges ahead for those working to enable interoperable EHR and health IT systems and services. Back in 2013, the leadership of the Healthcare...

Why EHR Interoperability Could Benefit from a SMART Approach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new collection of healthcare organizations believes it has found a smarter approaching to streamlining EHR and health IT interoperability. The Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) is taking a SMART on FHIR approach to remove the technical...

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