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Healthcare Interoperability

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...

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...

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