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National Science Foundation Tackles Health IT Interoperability

February 20, 2019 - The National Science Foundation has released a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from industry stakeholders including academic and non-governmental organizations about new approaches to improve health IT interoperability. In a recent posting to the Federal Register, the National Science Foundation’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development...


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9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data...

CommonWell Reveals New Program to Connect Providers, Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Prior to the start of HIMSS where the association first unveiled itself to the public, CommonWell Health Alliance announced a new program for connecting stakeholders to its health information network through its existing CommonWell...

AHA, AAMC Urge Stakeholders to Advance Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

AHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and five other national hospital associations recently pressed public and private stakeholders to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange using a six-point...

BlueCross BlueShield Will Contribute Claims Data to HEALTHeLINK

by Kate Monica

BlueCross BlueShield in Western New York recently announced plans to contribute claims data to New York-based health information exchange (HIE) HEALTHeLINK to improve health outcomes and care coordination for BlueCross BlueShield...

Reduced Regulatory Burden Needed For Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory and administrative burden on health IT developers and providers is necessary to paving the way for interoperability in healthcare. This sentiment came from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at the ONC 2018 Annual...

KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

by Kate Monica

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) recently furthered its reach after adding Saint Luke’s Health System to its list of participants, according to KTTN. Saint Luke’s is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that...

Sequoia Project Launches Health IT Interoperability Cooperative

by Kate Monica

The Sequoia Project recently announced the launch of a public-private health IT interoperability cooperative called Interoperability Matters. The cooperative will primarily work to advance real-world solutions to end information blocking...

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...

Collaboration Critical for Improving CDI Across Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) needs are quickly becoming a top issue for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for nationwide interoperability continues to grow. Improving CDI will have long-lasting effects on the...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

Focal Areas for Improving Patient Matching in Provider Settings

by Elizabeth Snell

Accurate patient identification is a critical aspect of healthcare, especially as healthcare organizations are implementing new EHRs and connecting to HIEs in the push toward nationwide interoperability. Patient matching issues can occur...

Focusing on Patient Care to Fuel Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

Having true healthcare interoperability nationwide has been a key goal for industry stakeholders for years, and recent federal initiatives and evolving technologies are helping to accomplish that goal.   Different healthcare...

What are Potential Benefits, Challenges of HIE Use?

by Elizabeth Snell

Health information exchange (HIE) will be critical for improving interoperability, especially as technology continues to evolve and the options for transferring and receiving information increase. Along with having the necessary tools for...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

by Elizabeth Snell

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

CMS Opioid Roadmap Prioritizes Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recently released CMS opioid roadmap provides strategies to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare beneficiaries through improved healthcare interoperability. The federal agency’s three-pronged approach focuses on opioid use...

4 Key Areas to Watch in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

Technology is ever-evolving, and with that evolution comes an increasing amount of data. Healthcare interoperability is a way for organizations to utilize information and ensure that patients can receive proper care, even if they move from...

NIH Strategic Plan Promotes Health IT Usability, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a strategic plan intended to inform data science that highlights the need for health IT usability and interoperability for enabling biomedical research. She has NIH collaborated...

Senator Cassidy Blames Meaningful Use for High Cost of Care

by Kate Monica

Reducing administrative burden associated with federal regulation — particularly the meaningful use program — may help to significantly cut unnecessary healthcare costs, according to a new white paper released by Senator Bill...

Refining Patient Matching Process for Stronger Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations understand that patient matching is an important aspect of the safe and secure electronic exchange of health information, but providers must ensure they have the right tools to accurately identify patients and then...

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