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Surescripts Sees 40% Increase in Health Data Exchange Users

October 12, 2018 - The user base of Surescripts Record Locator & Exchange service has grown by more than 40 percent since 2017, representing a surge in the number of healthcare providers engaging in health data exchange over the past year. This increase in Surescripts adoption and use was partly spurred by an uptick in Epic, NextGen, and eClinicalWorks EHR users implementing the service to share...


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Patients Overwhelmingly Support Unique Identifiers for EHR Matching

by Kate Monica

The vast majority of patients support the use of unique identifiers to improve patient EHR matching, according to new original research by Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization teamed up with Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research...

Patient Matching Strategy Should Leverage Smartphones, Biometrics

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders should entrust a single organization to oversee a nationwide patient matching strategy that involves using smartphones and biometrics to accurately pair patients with their EHRs, according to a new report from Pew Charitable...

Da Vinci Project to Advance Healthcare Interoperability, FHIR Use

by Kate Monica

A private sector-led initiative — the Da Vinci Project — is poised to accelerate advancements in healthcare interoperability by promoting use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) data standard across the...

42% of Healthcare CIOs List Patient Matching Issues a Top Priority

by Elizabeth Snell

While healthcare CIOs cite patient matching as a top issue at their institution, there is still a lack of awareness for how large of a problem duplicate or fragmented patient EHRs can be for providers, according to recent...

Duplicate Patient Medical Records Stem from Lagging MPI Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Discrepancies with duplicate patient medical records are often because of a healthcare organization’s lack of data standardization, specifically with the Master Patient Index (MPI) record process, according to a study published...

Standardizing Adverse Drug Reaction Data in EHR Documentation

by Kate Monica

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) provides a means for improving EHR documentation of adverse drug reactions. “Well-developed documentation standards for EHR systems exist...

CMS to Implement New Health IT Standard for Reporting eCQMs

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

AMIA Calls For Patient Access to Complete Health Information

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

Task Force Calls for Healthcare Interoperability Standards

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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...

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