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Focusing on Patient Care to Fuel Healthcare Interoperability

June 20, 2018 - 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 organizations will have unique perspectives on the challenges that come with interoperability, explained Health2047 Managing Director Dr. Jack Stockert. It is important...


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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 HIE...

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 legislation,...

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 disorder (OUD)...

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 one...

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 with scientists,...

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 Cassidy...

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 match...

How Increasing EHR Adoption, HIE Use Fuels Healthcare Industry

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide interoperability, while still ensuring health IT usability, has quickly become a top initiative for healthcare organizations. Subsequently, increases in health information exchange (HIE) systems and EHR adoption have also...

States Could Utilize AI for Improved Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

There are numerous obstacles to seamless healthcare interoperability at state health and human services (HHS) enterprises, but utilizing new data analytics options could prove fruitful in improving patient outcomes, recent research found. Specifically,...

Patient Data Access Next Step in Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

The push for nationwide healthcare interoperability has been fueled by organizations integrating EHRs and working toward as smooth of a transition as possible into the digital era. Now that the technological aspect is there, it is becoming increasingly...

eHealth Exchange Set to Join Carequality Interoperability Framework

by Elizabeth Snell

The eHealth Exchange and Carequality will soon be two distinct subsidiaries under the Sequoia Project, with the former joining the Carequality interoperability framework later this year. The Sequoia Project is updating its corporate structure,...

Surescripts Sees Health Data Exchange Growth with 26% Increase

by Elizabeth Snell

The Surescripts interoperability network saw a 26 percent increase in its secure health data exchange transactions in 2017, enabling 13.7 total transactions, the company reported in its 2017 National Progress Report. Surescripts increased the...

EHR Interoperability Issues Plague 36% of Medical Record Admins

by Elizabeth Snell

There has been small improvement in medical record administrators being able to exchange patient health records with other providers, with 36 percent stating they have EHR interoperability issues with that task, according to recent Black Book...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Transactions Up 90% in One Year

by Elizabeth Snell

DirectTrust recently reported that the first quarter of 2018 has seen health data exchange transactions hit 47.8 million, which is an increase of approximately 90 percent over the same time frame in 2017. Healthcare organizations served by DirectTrust...

HITAC Approves 9 Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

by Elizabeth Snell

Nine recommendations from the US Core Data for Interoperability Task Force (TF) were approved by the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) earlier this week, updating healthcare interoperability elements that vendors must follow....

Surescripts Network Expands EHR Interoperability at Point of Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR interoperability by allowing providers to more easily access and exchange patient records remains a top priority at the health information network. Surescripts enabled four million clinical records exchanges over the last three...

New York PDMP Achieves Healthcare Interoperability with 25 States

by Kate Monica

New York’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has achieved healthcare interoperability with PDMPs in 25 other states and Washington DC, according to a recent announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "By removing unnecessary...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Major HIMSS18 Focal Points

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With 40,000 attendees set to descend on Las Vegas, the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring together the nation’s leading healthcare and health IT minds to tackle the nation’s top challenges, two of which are health...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

by Kate Monica

As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most...

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