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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,...

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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