Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

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...

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...