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ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

January 5, 2018 - 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 for Health IT Don Rucker, MD, in an ONC media call. The proposed framework is designed to streamline patient health data access and exchange per...


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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...

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...