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HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

Updates on Health IT Interoperability Progress from CMS, ONC

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to prioritize interoperability and health information exchange between systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an application...

AMIA Urges Reset on Electronic Clinical Quality Measures

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) hopes to guide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) toward a pragmatic approach for development of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as they relate to future policy...

Fueling the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource

by Frank Irving

One of the great ironies of health IT is that while professionals in the field have greater access to data than ever before, they’re not finding it very useful. Nonetheless, industry experts believe that increased development, testing and...

Health Data Standards Challenge Addresses C-CDA Rendering

by Frank Irving

In the world of healthcare data standards, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. In the case of HL7’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standard, which specifies the structure and semantics of clinical documents...

Integration of Outsiders’ Data Highly Problematic for ACOs

by Frank Irving

Integrating data from out-of-network providers was the top health IT interoperability obstacle for accountable care organizations (ACOs) surveyed by Premier and the eHealth Initiative (eHI). In particular, the surveyed ACOs said they had high...

WEDI Appoints Former AHIP Exec as Interim CEO

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced on Jan. 20 that Charles Steller has been named interim president and CEO. The organization, which focuses on the use of IT to improve health information exchange, reported on Jan....

ONC Chief Emphasizes Commitments Toward Connected Health IT

by Frank Irving

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, addressing a joint meeting of federal policy and standards advisory committees on Jan. 20, accentuated top-level vision for achieving nationwide health IT interoperability. The remarks...

EHNAC Finalizes 2016 Health Data Exchange Program Criteria

by Frank Irving

With the turning of the new year, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted final 2016 criteria versions for 16 existing and two new accreditation programs. EHNAC, which accredits organizations for electronic...

ONC Expands Health IT Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized its self-described catalog of “best available” health IT standards and implementation specifications. ONC says the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)...

CMS Unveils Draft Plan for Quality Measurement under MACRA

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 18 published its Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP), which sets forth a framework for clinician quality measure development to support the value-based payment pathways of the Medicare...

AMA Questions Data Standards for Physician Compare

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Dec. 10 the addition of new quality data to the Physician Compare website. The aim, in the agency’s words, is to “increase the availability and accessibility of information...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 7-13

by Frank Irving

The week ahead in health IT interoperability offers a chance to get questions answered about how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affects Medicare quality reporting programs. You can join the Medicare Learning Network call,...

FHIR Testing Expands with Cloud-based Approach

by Frank Irving

Implementations of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) were literally “put to the test” at FHIR Connectathon 10, held last month prior to HL7’s Annual Plenary and Working Group Meetings in Atlanta with participation...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 23-29

by Frank Irving

It’s a short week ahead for health IT interoperability as we pause to appreciate the unsung heroes on the caregiving frontlines and all who support them behind the scenes. With many family members, friends and professional colleagues serving...

New Committee to Operationalize Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

Health information network collaborative Carequality has announced the membership of its Steering Committee for the 2015-2016 term. The new committee is charged with overseeing the launch of what Carequality describes as the nation’s broadest...

First Two Data Registries Accredited for Handling PHI

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has granted full accreditation status to two beta test participants in its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). The program establishes requirements for managing registry...

Fast Health Interoperability Resource Burns Brightly

by Frank Irving

Early adopters of HL7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) draft standard are forging ahead with projects designed to deliver real value to healthcare organizations, EHR vendors and patients. As more examples surface across the...

Health IT Standards: Sequoia Offers Patient Matching Model

by Frank Irving

In recognition of patient matching as a persistent obstacle to seamless information exchange between organizations, the Sequoia Project on Nov. 10 released a proposed framework for patient identity management. Sequoia is collaborating with...

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