Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

Electronic Health Data Exchange Eludes Small, Rural Hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Compared to larger urban and suburban hospitals, small, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, finding, and integrating data electronically, according to new data published by the Office of the National...

Updating Progress of FHIR, C-CDA Health IT Standards at ONC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is making headway in promoting two health IT standards. First up, the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). On Monday, the federal agency announced the...

Carequality Looking for New Interoperability Committee Members

by Sara Heath

Carequality has opened up applications to its Steering Committee, which will head efforts to develop large-scale health IT interoperability solutions. According to a public statement, the organization is looking for industry stakeholders who...

Health IT Standards Needed to Support Precision Medicine

by Sara Heath

In a meeting of ONC’s Precision Medicine Task Force, healthcare leaders proposed the agency create more robust health IT standards in the wake of huge stores of health data needed in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The Task Force,...

CHIME Urges FDA to Advance Medical Device Interoperability

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare providers need more assurance that medical devices and EHR systems are truly interoperable, wrote the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in a letter to Robert M. Califf, MD, Food and Drug Administration...

PA Health Information Exchange Adds New Member HIOs

by Sara Heath

Pennsylvania’s state health information exchange (HIE) has added a member health information organization (HIO), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), according to a public statement. MNX joins several other health information organizations in...

HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

ONC Announces New Health Data Standards and Technology Lab

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed a new approach to unifying its healthcare data standards and technology initiatives. Steven Posnack, director of the agency’s Office of Standards and Technology, introduced...

Sequoia and CommonWell: Paths to Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Sequoia Project and the CommonWell Health Alliance travel on separate tracks, but move in the same direction — facilitating and inspiring progress toward nationwide health data exchange and health IT interoperability. Their respective...

Portal’s Promise: Engaging Patients in Preventive Healthcare

by Frank Irving

Healthcare interoperability means more than connecting information technology systems and tools with one another. From a holistic standpoint, the concept extends into the patient-facing sphere, offering individuals an interactive means of taking...

Telehealth Integration Enables Mercy to Monitor UNC Patients

by Frank Irving

A new telehealth integration partnership spanning more than 700 miles brings together Mercy Virtual of St. Louis and University of North Carolina Health Care (UNCHC), based in Chapel Hill, N.C. The two organizations announced on Feb. 8 that Mercy...

E-visits Among Health IT Integration Pilots at Beaumont

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will factor into new pilot programs at Southeast Michigan’s Beaumont Health aimed at improving patient communication and interaction. Beaumont, Michigan’s largest health system in terms of inpatient admissions...

3M to Hold and Build Health Information Systems Business

by Frank Irving

Five months after 3M announced it was considering strategic alternatives for its Health Information Systems unit, the St. Paul, Minn.-based firm has decided to retain and invest in the business. Although it doesn’t market a standalone electronic...

EHNAC and NH-ISAC Align on Health Information Protection

by Frank Irving

A new partnership between national organizations hopes to lock down and accelerate health information exchange via the Direct standard. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a standards development organization and...

Carequality Gathers Support for Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

The prospects for nationwide health information exchange ramped up this week when five leading health IT organizations announced they will implement Carequality’s Interoperability Framework. EHR vendors athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic...

DirectTrust Projects Exponential PHI Transaction Growth

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange via the Direct protocol is surging to unprecedented levels, according to metrics released Jan. 20 by non-profit alliance DirectTrust, which supports and governs secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information...

Medication Data in EHR Provides Basis for Tracking Adherence

by Frank Irving

Medication fill data available within electronic health records can identify primary nonadherence in clinical practice, according to results of study published online Jan. 4 by the American Journal of Managed Care. The research team from Thomas...

Big Data Approach to Cancer Drug Discovery Adds 3D Details

by Frank Irving

The addition of 3D structures to healthcare data standards for cancer drug discovery will bring a big data approach to the development of new treatments, according to authors of a newly published journal article. Scientists from London’s...

App Integrates Mutation Data for Pediatric Cancer Research

by Frank Irving

A new web application and data set brings the power of visualization to health data exchange in pediatric cancer research. Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital developed the freely available tool, ProteinPaint, which aims...

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