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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...

How is the Industry Lobbying for a National Patient Identifier?

by Sara Heath

A national patient identifier would not only improve patient safety by reducing errors, but would allow for better interoperability and health data exchange, several industry professionals claim. By standardizing the way in which digital health...

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...

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