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Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrastructure of APMs

by Frank Irving

The Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group focused on the former rather than the latter during its most recent meeting. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) subgroup met on Nov. 5 to discuss which technologies and tools would...

Exploding 6 Myths of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At its most fundamental level, health IT interoperability means two or more systems or components having the ability to connect and exchange information — and to use the information that has been exchanged. Aside from that straightforward...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

by Frank Irving

A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

HIM and HIT Fields Team Up on Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A new resource brings together concepts enabling health information management (HIM) and health IT (HIT) professionals to work collaboratively toward development of interoperability governance standards. The American Health Information Management...

Carrying Forward Provider Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) announced in early October a collaborative effort to more effectively enable health information exchange among providers,...

Federal Agencies Accredited for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Directed health information exchange will be used to improve care coordination for millions of military veterans and Native Americans via technology accredited by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)....

Health IT Interoperability Shines in CHIME Innovation Award

by Frank Irving

Health IT interoperability is front-and-center for Hackensack University Medical Center, whose CIO, Shafiq Rab, MD, was named Innovator of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Oct. 15. Rab accepted...

Cerner Hopes to Boost EHR Interoperability with FHIR Release

by Frank Irving

Envisioning third-party developers enhancing electronic health record interoperability within an open platform, Cerner is putting HL7’s FHIR standard into production in its Millennium EHR system. Kansas City-based Cerner reported on Oct....

Cloud, Registry Added to Health Data Exchange Accreditations

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) on Oct. 7 posted new versions of criteria for 16 existing health data exchange programs and added initial criteria versions in two new areas — data registry and cloud services....

ONC Finalizes Roadmap for Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has assembled the concepts and actions essential for nationwide interoperability governance and progress over the next 10 years through publication on Oct. 6 of “Connecting Health...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 5-11

by Frank Irving

Proposed legislation on electronic health records highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. Senators Bill Cassidy and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce their new EHR bill on Oct. 6. During last week’s Senate HELP Committee...

Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

by Frank Irving

The transition to ICD-10 will dominate health IT interoperability activities this week, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standing ready to process claims starting Oct. 1. CMS has spent $116 million preparing its systems...

Virtual Clipboard Takes on Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will collaborate on the next phase of the Virtual Clipboard Initiative and research to promote healthcare IT interoperability. WEDI...

New Operating Rules Approved for HIPAA Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Focusing on infrastructure requirements for health data exchange, CAQH CORE announced approval on Sept. 23 of a new package of operating rules for electronic healthcare claims, prior authorization, premium payments and health plan enrollment/...

Can Health Information Exchange Efforts be Sustained?

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange efforts continue to unfold across the nation, but serious questions remain about their financial sustainability now that they now longer receive funding from the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program. Researchers...

Task Force Urges Faster Pace in Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) task force reviewed progress on nationwide interoperability governance during a public meeting on Sept. 9 and concluded that the pace of action needs to quicken. The sub-committee, which has been working on...

Apple Gears Up with Interoperability Pacts, iPad Expansion

by Frank Irving

Apple’s once-insular iOS platform is edging out in more mainstream directions, illustrated this week by interoperability agreements with networking giant Cisco and mobile platform rival Google. On Aug. 31, Apple and Cisco announced plans...

Magnetic Signals Show Promise for Wireless Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

If a new wireless communication system develops to its potential in coming years, physicians would be able to tap into information exchange within full-body monitoring networks to gather health data about patients. The technique works by sending...

ONC Stakes Out Mileposts Along Interoperability Roadmap

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has added detail to its vision for nationwide interoperability. An infographic published by the agency explains how health IT will be used over the coming decade to “share electronic...

Five Ways to Boost Health Information Exchange in the ED

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health information exchange that allows emergency department physicians to quickly access comprehensive patient histories is vital for maximizing the value and impact of emergency care, according to a new report published this week in the Annals...

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