Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

Patients Seek Physician Improvement in Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

When providers lack the latest information during office visits, the burden of filling in the gaps often falls to the patient in terms of additional paperwork. That leaves patients frustrated and more willing to consider other providers with...

How Patients Factor in the Health Data Exchange Equation

by Frank Irving

While much of the discussion around health data exchange focuses on compatibility between hospital IT systems or among multiple providers, it’s often overlooked that patients can greatly benefit from access to information contained in EHRs....

Mobile Device Integration Vital to Mainstream App Acceptance

by Frank Irving

A variety of metrics show growing acceptance of and appreciation for mHealth apps, but a major barrier to further progress is mobile device integration with EHR systems so that data can more readily be used to improve clinical decision making...

ACOs Still Battling Health Data Exchange Difficulties

by Frank Irving

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) face stiff health data exchange challenges, according to results of the 2015 ACO Survey released this week by the eHealth Initiative (eHI) and Premier. Nearly four-fifths of the 69 responding ACOs reported...

Pervasive Healthcare Interoperability Comes into View

by Frank Irving

Organizations have come a long way toward achieving their healthcare interoperability goals — from the point-to-point interfaces of the early 1980s through the rise of health information exchanges to the emerging application of FHIR protocols....

Interoperable Home Health Technology Poised for Explosive Growth

by Frank Irving

Projections call for the home health technology market to quadruple in size by the end of the decade. Growth factors will fuse as consumers increasingly use interoperable devices, services and apps for medical, health or wellness purposes outside...

Apple Gears Up with Interoperability Pacts, iPad Expansion

by Frank Irving

Apple’s once-insular iOS platform is edging out in more mainstream directions, illustrated this week by interoperability agreements with networking giant Cisco and mobile platform rival Google. On Aug. 31, Apple and Cisco announced plans...

Magnetic Signals Show Promise for Wireless Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

If a new wireless communication system develops to its potential in coming years, physicians would be able to tap into information exchange within full-body monitoring networks to gather health data about patients. The technique works by sending...

Doctors Say Clinical Visit Notes Too Complex

by Frank Irving

Clinical progress notes assembled by EHR systems need to be reengineered so that they match the workflow and information needs of physicians, according to researchers from the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community...

ONC Stakes Out Mileposts Along Interoperability Roadmap

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has added detail to its vision for nationwide interoperability. An infographic published by the agency explains how health IT will be used over the coming decade to “share electronic...

After $31.3B for Meaningful Use, Will CMS Consider Changes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $31.3 billion to eligible providers and hospitals as of July 2015, says CMS in its latest data brief, even as tension over the future of meaningful use builds to a fever pitch.  With pending legislation...

Greenway, eHealth Exchange Lead HIE Project in Oregon

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nationwide eHealth Exchange is connecting patient data across EHR vendor lines with a pioneering large-scale HIE project in Portland, Oregon.  Greenway Health has partnered with Premise Health, Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, and...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to NW Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance is making good on its promises to provide health data interoperability capabilities to providers across the nation.  Five healthcare organizations in the Pacific Northwest have inked agreements to use CommonWell’s...

ONC Says EHR Interoperability, HIE Reaches 40% of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Four in ten hospitals in the United States can now engage in some degree of meaningful health information exchange, according to the newest issue brief from the Office of the National Coordinator.  These hospitals can access electronic data...

Lack of Direction Puts DOD-VA EHR Interoperability in Jeopardy

by Jennifer Bresnick

A $9 billion contract to modernize the Department of Defense’s (DOD) health IT infrastructure may not help the Pentagon get its healthcare woes under control unless the project is coupled with stronger oversight of its EHR interoperability...

BPC Urges Interoperability Changes to Medical Innovation Strategies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is urging Congress to make certain changes to the way federal agencies, including the FDA, handle interoperability and health information exchange in an era of medical innovation. Following a landslide...

Four Revenue-Saving Use Cases for Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health data interoperability and health information exchange are challenging prospects for the provider community.  While these principles are often expensive to implement and difficult to achieve, interoperability remains the goal of the...

NATE and MaRS Partner on Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and MaRS Discovery District, located in Washington, DC, and Toronto, respectively, announced partnership to improve access to and use of healthcare data by patients. These improvements, according...

DirectTrust CEO Asks Congress to End Information Blocking

by Sara Heath

According to a press release, David C. Kibbe, CEO and President of DirectTrust, called for Congress to take the necessary steps to overcome issues of impeded authorized health data sharing, otherwise known as “information blocking.”...

ONC: EHR Satisfaction, Interoperability Vital for Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the enormous potential of healthcare technology to improve quality and bring big data into the process of providing coordinated and effective care, EHRs and other health IT infrastructure has been flagged as a potential risk for patient...



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