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HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the National...

HIMSS, AHA Seek Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Sara Heath

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) have both submitted comments on the ONC 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory. In a comment letter, HIMSS leadership state...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of the 2016...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific about...

ONC Health IT Certification Rule to Hold Vendors Accountable

by Sara Heath

The ONC Health IT Certification Rule makes great strides toward continuing to reward quality healthcare technology while holding accountable that which falls short, according to leaders from two prominent industry groups. One was DirectTrust...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

ONC Awards $1.5M to Improving Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers and patients are to be the beneficiaries of $1.5 million in awards made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seven recipients of two funding programs to improve health data...

ONC Chief Talks Health IT Standards, Information Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly a year has passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its ten-year roadmap for achieving nationwide healthcare interoperability. Since that time, plenty has changed in and around...

How Health IT Standards Enable Patient Access to Health Data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this month, members of the Regenstrief Institute demonstrated the potential for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources. While widespread FHIR use remains...

ONC Issues Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology draft of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory incorporates numerous recommendations made by industry stakeholders. "The input and feedback we have received...

Longstanding IT Challenges Still Limit Potential of FHIR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Members of the Regenstrief Institute showed off the potential of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources as a proof of concept for a new pilot of the health IT standard....

Clinical Workflow Progress Vital to Boost Health IT Quality

by Sara Heath

For 78 percent of healthcare quality experts, improved clinical workflow and efficiency are the keys to boosting health information technology quality. In a recent survey conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), healthcare quality...

3 Programs Supporting Health IT Standard FHIR Development

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, said in an interview published earlier this week, "the marketplace will decide the utility of FHIR." So how exactly will Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — the specifications...

Health IT Standard FHIR Ready to Advance Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) remains a draft standard and application programming interface, but that status doesn't mean this health IT resource is not ready for the big time, according to the head of Health Level Seven...

Top Challenges to Leveraging Patient-Generated Health Data

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The role of patient-generated health data is set to change given the increased focus on patient engagement in programs such as meaningful use and the forthcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment Program. But are healthcare organizations and providers...

Task Force Makes Health IT Interoperability Recommendations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force (ISATF) has submitted a host of recommendations to assist ONC in drafting its next interoperability guidance for the healthcare industry with an emphasis on ensuring health IT interoperability...

Updating Progress of FHIR, C-CDA Health IT Standards at ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is making headway in promoting two health IT standards. First up, the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). On Monday, the federal agency announced the...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

Health IT Standards Needed to Support Precision Medicine

by Sara Heath

In a meeting of ONC’s Precision Medicine Task Force, healthcare leaders proposed the agency create more robust health IT standards in the wake of huge stores of health data needed in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The Task Force,...

Is Nashville the Center of Health Data Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

If technology works so seamlessly and comprehensively in most walks of life, why isn’t health data interoperability stronger? That is one of the main questions on most healthcare professionals’ minds, as well as the talking point...

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