Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

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...

Veterans Salute Secure Messaging in Study of Portal Users

by Frank Irving

Veterans who participated in a recently reported survey found secure email messaging to be a useful and timesaving tool for common medical communication tasks and for submitting health-related questions. The large-scale research study solicited...

ONC Expands Health IT Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized its self-described catalog of “best available” health IT standards and implementation specifications. ONC says the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)...

Interoperability Task Force Delivers Recommendations

by Frank Irving

Pursuant to appropriations legislation, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has formulated its final recommendations on how to overcome operational and financial barriers to health IT interoperability. The resulting 24-page report was submitted...

Patients to Step Up Health Data Exchange Involvement in 2016

by Frank Irving

Expect greater patient access to clinical records in 2016. That’s the top predicted trend for interoperable health information exchange during the coming year, according to DirectTrust, an industry alliance for participants in the Direct...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 7-13

by Frank Irving

The week ahead in health IT interoperability offers a chance to get questions answered about how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affects Medicare quality reporting programs. You can join the Medicare Learning Network call,...

Hospital Roundup: Recent Health Technology Investments

by Frank Irving

As the week draws to a close, here’s a look at health IT integration and practical application at hospitals around the country. San Joaquin General Hospital in California has signed a $37 million, seven-year contract for a new health information...

Patient-Generated Health Data: There’s a Pill for That

by Frank Irving

Ingestible devices have been around awhile, but they’ve been limited to measuring temperature and taking digestive track images. Now, thanks to a new sensor invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), heart and breathing...

Physician Progress on Telehealth ‘Small but Significant’

by Frank Irving

Only 15 percent of a survey sample of more than 1,500 family physicians reported they had provided telehealth services for their patients in the past 12 months. Nonetheless, researchers from the Robert Graham Center found that telehealth integration...

Mobile Device Integration Presents Stethoscope Alternative

by Frank Irving

An Orlando Health cardiologist has brought mobile device integration to the exam room with an invention called HeartBuds. The portable plastic listening device, shaped much like the pad of a traditional stethoscope, connects to a smartphone and...

Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrastructure of APMs

by Frank Irving

The Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group focused on the former rather than the latter during its most recent meeting. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) subgroup met on Nov. 5 to discuss which technologies and tools would...

HIT Integration Falls Short in Patient Connections

by Frank Irving

Most Americans aren’t aware of or don’t have access to technology they could use to communicate with their doctors, according to a Nielsen survey released Nov. 4 by the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) and the Bipartisan...

New Discharge Process Requires Health IT Integration

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on Oct. 29 that sets new requirements for discharge planning at hospitals and other care facilities. Among the provisions affecting IT interoperability, hospitals treating...

HIM and HIT Fields Team Up on Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A new resource brings together concepts enabling health information management (HIM) and health IT (HIT) professionals to work collaboratively toward development of interoperability governance standards. The American Health Information Management...