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Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

June 13, 2017 - 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, Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) and AcademyHealth have partnered to form a network of networks to advance interoperability in health, healthcare,...


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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...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

Doubts Raised about 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the Senate early this week appears to be a done deal, but many of its provisions represent causes for concern for the head of one organization focused on supporting healthcare interoperability and...

Interoperability Implications of 21st Century Cures Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After a year and half of political discussion, Congress is preparing to vote on and likely in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with bipartisan support that has serious implications for healthcare interoperability.* *Editor's note: The...

The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Sequoia Project’s recent health IT partnership with the Social Services Administration (SSA) and Department of Veteran Affairs is the latest of series of achievements for health data exchange over the year. To commemorate Veterans Day,...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration (SSA), and The Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange have partnered to exchange electronic health information for veterans looking to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance...

HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the National...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific about...

ONC to Directly Review Certified EHR Technology, Health IT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized a rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to authorize the federal agency to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT. "More...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in grants...

ONC Chief Talks Health IT Standards, Information Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly a year has passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its ten-year roadmap for achieving nationwide healthcare interoperability. Since that time, plenty has changed in and around...

How Epic Systems Is Advancing Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Last year, Epic Systems received a considerable share of criticism for its approach to health information exchange compared to other EHR vendors, but what a difference a year makes. "In years past, there has been a lot of criticism and a...

Surescripts: 48% Increase in Health Data Exchanges in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchange at Surescripts experienced tremendous growth between 2014 and 2015, according to the health information network's latest annual report. All told, Surescripts processed a total of 9.7 billion secure data transactions...

Health IT Standard FHIR Ready to Advance Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) remains a draft standard and application programming interface, but that status doesn't mean this health IT resource is not ready for the big time, according to the head of Health Level Seven...

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