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HITAC Approves 9 Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

April 20, 2018 - 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. Both the interoperability standards and their updating process will be worked into the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA)...


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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...

OR Behavioral Health Center Adopts Carequality Using Netsmart EHR

by Kate Monica

LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) in Oregon will adopt the Carequality interoperability framework through its Netsmart EHR network in an effort to improve health data exchange between other acute and community care providers. The behavioral...

Diagnostic EHR Data Sharing in Health Systems Improves Outcomes

by Kate Monica

A recent study ties hospital and health system sharing of diagnostic EHR data to lower patient mortality rates and improve health outcomes. Researchers studying CMS and AHA data published their findings in the American Journal of Managed Care....

ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the release of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft intended to advance health data exchange and interoperability. “This is really the network of networks concept,” said National Coordinator...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

by Kate Monica

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former President Barack...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders that...

ONC Chief Keen on Moving Health IT Innovation Beyond the EHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare interoperability and health IT usability were front and center at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting in the nation’s capital and indicative on a change that took hold within the federal agency in recent years following its successful...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider frustrations. The...

HIE Collaboratives Helping to Advance Health IT Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Health information exchange (HIE) collectives and networks-of-networks including eHealth Exchange, CommonWell, and Surescripts help promote secure health data exchange across healthcare facilities nationwide. The Strategic Health Information...

Clinical Decision Support Central to Advancing Cancer Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Innovations in cancer research and treatment guidelines make clinical decision support (CDS) tools a critical resource for providers. Writing in Oncology Times, Lalan Wilfong, MD, of Texas Oncology identified CDS tools as one of five health IT...

Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

by Kate Monica

Two organizations recently announced a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) aimed at improving interoperability and collaboration between health and human services in the US. With the help of a $12 million grant from the Kresge Foundation,...

Health Data Exchange Vital to Quality Care at Lower Cost

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information technology, particularly capabilities tied to health data exchange, has an important role to play in the federal government’s push to improve the cost and quality American healthcare. Recently, the National Academy of...

Healthcare APIs Necessary for Improving Data Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A new report by Chilmark Research on solutions for improving health data interoperability highlights the importance of open healthcare APIs. The report states dramatic health IT improvements are needed to assess and manage risks across populations...

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...

Rethinking Current Approaches to Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the goal of achieving a learning health system enabled by true interoperability, various healthcare organizations and companies have undertaken efforts to unlock clinical data stored in various health IT systems with mixed results. According...

AMIA Seeks Improvements to PCORI Data Access, Exchange Policy

by Kate Monica

In response to a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) request on its Data Access and Data Sharing Policy, the American Medical Informatics Association voiced general support for the guidelines while seeking four changes to the...

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