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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...

NHHIO Receives ONC Grant for HIE, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On August 4, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) announced it has been accepted as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Contributor for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

BPC Urges Interoperability Changes to Medical Innovation Strategies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is urging Congress to make certain changes to the way federal agencies, including the FDA, handle interoperability and health information exchange in an era of medical innovation. Following a landslide...

Patient-Generated Health Data at Core of Virtual Clipboard

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A collaboration led by the Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation has taken its first step toward improving patient engagement by incorporating patient-generated health data into health records as part of the Health Benefits and Health...

AHA Criticizes #Cures2015 Health IT Interoperability Policies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The 21st Century Cures Act inches closer to becoming law and the American Hospital Association has serious reservations about the bill's potential implications for health IT interoperability and information blocking. On July 10, the House...

Limited Health Information Exchange to Hinder Care Quality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without quality information, a healthcare provider is unable to provide quality care. Health information exchange has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the right information is available at the right place at the right time. That assumes...

ONC Asks Public to Contribute to Health IT Certification

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is paving the way for the public to aid its Health IT Certification Program by proposing health IT test procedures, tools, or data that could be approved for use as...

Texas Bill Sets Health Information Exchange, Interoperability Goals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Public health agencies in Texas have close to two months to prepare for meeting requirements for standards-based health information exchange and interoperability with the enactment of a new piece of state legislation. Dubbed "Ken's Bill"...

Health Data Exchange, Standardization Lacking in Chronic Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has made several recommendations to Congress to ensure that policies intended to support chronic care in fact do so, ranging from incentives for investing in and adopting care management tools to...

AHA Stresses Need for Defining Interoperability in IMPACT Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has voiced concerns about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement the interoperability and standardization provisions of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...

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