Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

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...

Error Report Signals Need for Decision Support Integration

by Frank Irving

A study of more than 275 operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) revealed that nearly half included at least one medication error or adverse drug event. With the scope of the problem now known, researchers said the hospital would explore...

States Make Connection for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange is crossing state boundaries in the southeastern United States thanks to a successful connection between information networks in Georgia and Alabama. The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Alabama’s...

Study Shows Room for Big Upside in Mobile Device Integration

by Frank Irving

An estimated 17 percent of U.S. consumers currently use a mobile health application to track one or more health-related factors, suggesting a largely untapped upside for mobile device integration. Venture fund Rock Health measured mobile health...

WEDI Workgroup Explores Genomic Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) plans to develop a “common industry vision” for genomic data exchange through the activities of a dedicated workgroup. WEDI announced its new Genomic Data Exchange Workgroup on...

Population Analytics Growing into Health IT Integration Role

by Frank Irving

Population health management deployments are still in their “infancy,” according to industry analyst firm Chillmark Research, as organizations grapple with evolving reimbursement models and vendors vie to ramp up their solutions....

Cognitive Computing Takes on Healthcare Interoperability

by Frank Irving

IBM officially sealed its $1 billion acquisition of medical imaging firm Merge Healthcare on Oct. 13, opening up new terrain in healthcare interoperability for the parent company’s Watson Health business unit. Merge’s platforms for...

ONC Finalizes Roadmap for Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has assembled the concepts and actions essential for nationwide interoperability governance and progress over the next 10 years through publication on Oct. 6 of “Connecting Health...



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