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CMS to Implement New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

October 31, 2017 - CMS recently announced that its quality programs will transition to the CQL standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU 2) for logic expression. Using CLQ will allow for better aligned standards between clinical decision support and electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). Eligible hospitals, professionals, and clinicians will use CQL-based eCQMs are part of programs such as...


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HIMSS Calls on HHS to Improve Secure Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently called on HHS to assist providers in achieving nationwide secure health data exchange through promoting improved interoperability and standardization, among other aspects of exchange. Specifically, HIMSS requested HHS demonstrate...

DirectTrust Experiences Continued Growth in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust recently announced it has experienced a period of continued growth at the close of its second quarter with five new members joining the alliance since April 1.   The nonprofit alliance has continued its upward trajectory on all...

Researchers Add Social Determinants of Health to Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Gold et al. found that standardizing social determinants of health (SDH) data collection and presentation in Epic EHR systems could improve patient and population health outcomes in community health centers. Researchers worked...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

Regenstrief Confirms Commitment to Health Data Standardization

by Kate Monica

In a display of commitment to data standardization in health data exchange, The Regenstrief Foundation at Indiana University School of Medicine has established the Regenstrief-McDonald Chair in Data Standards to honor the work of Sam Regenstrief...

AMIA Calls for Lab Data Interoperability Standards Improvements

by Sara Heath

To advance lab data interoperability, the American Medical Informatics Association says the industry needs agreement on health IT standards and advanced programming interfaces (APIs) such as FHIR. In address at a multi-agency workshop at the...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

ONC Addresses MACRA Health Data Interoperability, HIE Measures

by Sara Heath

After a slew of industry feedback, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made adjustments for how it will measure interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) under MACRA. In an ONC blog...

IHE, HL7 Renew Deal for Interoperability, FHIR Collaboration

by Sara Heath

Health Level 7 International (HL7) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have agreed to continue their cooperation on developing interoperable health information, according to a HIMSS press release. In a joint understanding document,...

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?

by Sara Heath

According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which interoperability is...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

by Jacqueline Belliveau

At the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has asked the federal government to repeal the prohibition on the use of unstructured data in order to help patients access all of their health information. In...

Task Force Calls for Healthcare Interoperability Standards

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a recent meeting of the Interoperability Experience Task Force, healthcare stakeholders identified the top challenges to healthcare interoperability, including data availability and accessibility, the need for data sharing and format standards,...

HHS Programs to Support Data Standards, Interoperability

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently announced two new funding opportunities which will promote health data standards and EHR interoperability. According to an HHS press release, the funding opportunities aim to improve patient...

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...

Consumer Group Calls on HHS to Improve Health Data Sharing

by Frank Irving

Consumer advocacy association Clear Choices reached out this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with recommendations to improve healthcare transparency through publicly shared data. Part of the solution lies in applying...

ONC Announces New Health Data Standards and Technology Lab

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed a new approach to unifying its healthcare data standards and technology initiatives. Steven Posnack, director of the agency’s Office of Standards and Technology, introduced...

Work Begins on Precision Medicine Healthcare Data Standards

by Frank Irving

Over the next four months, a Health IT Standards Committee task force will be developing and refining recommendations to support the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) under which providers, researchers and patients will work toward individualized...

PMI Will Weave EHR and Patient-Generated Health Data

by Frank Irving

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), backed by $215 million in allocations from the 2016 federal budget, will combine massive amounts of patient-generated health data and information drawn from electronic health records toward the ultimate...

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...

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