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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...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

True Interoperability Needs Health IT Standards, Use Cases

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two witnesses for a recent Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing emphasized the need for tight health IT standards and use cases for health data exchange in order to improve the EHR user experience and achieve true interoperability....

What Does Open Mean in the Context of EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A learning health system is not possible without conformance to five EHR interoperability use cases by healthcare providers and health IT developers, claims the authors of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...

Debating Role of Congress in Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a hearing on the subject of health information exchange, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions received feedback as to the role Congress should play in advancing health IT interoperability. According...

Are Health IT Standards, APIs Too Immature for Stage 3?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Both the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) are critical of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements that rely on emerging health IT standards and application programming...

How to Map Epic EHR Lab Orders to Reference Laboratories

by Charlie Francen of CTG Solutions

As Epic Community Connect continues to expand, more physician offices loosely affiliated with multi-hospital systems are expected to begin participating in the shared electronic record system. These physician offices may send patients or specimens...

Healthcare Interoperability to Face Numerous Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The much-anticipated shift to personalized medicine and wellness will require healthcare providers to make better use of health IT standards and advance healthcare interoperability, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. "More than...

Is a Culture Change Critical for Health IT Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One step necessary for advancing health IT interoperability is the development and implementation of health IT standards. Another is removing health data governance policies that are responsible for health information blocking. "While not...

Reducing Health IT Interoperability Friction with FHIR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One of the healthcare industry’s joint efforts to resolve a lack of health IT interoperability made a surprising discovery when their certified health IT systems were first connected. “We all hooked our systems up to each other and...

Unlocking EHR Systems, Advancing Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The varying interpretation of health IT standards and specifications has contributed to a lack of health IT interoperability, but its effect on health data exchange may pale in comparison to how different definitions of open EHR technology has...

#Cures2015 Bill Criticized for Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite the progress that the 21st Century Cures Act made this week, its provisions for ensuring health IT interoperability are drawing criticism from healthcare industry groups about their complexity and omission of certain features. On Thursday,...

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