Electronic Health Records

Healthcare Interoperability

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...

AHA Stresses Need for Defining Interoperability in IMPACT Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has voiced concerns about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement the interoperability and standardization provisions of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...

EHR Interoperability, Integration Focus of HIT Replacement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers still see EHR interoperability as an elusive goal as they continue the quest to revamp and replace their health IT infrastructure with integrated, streamlined systems that merge clinical documentation with revenue cycle management. ...

Healthcare Interoperability to Face Numerous Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The much-anticipated shift to personalized medicine and wellness will require healthcare providers to make better use of health IT standards and advance healthcare interoperability, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. "More than...

More Health IT Interoperability Criticism of #Cures2015 Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has reservations about the health IT interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. In a letter to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Committee,...

VA CIO Nominee Emphasizes Health Data Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

President Barack Obama's nominee for the vacant chief information officer position for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provided insight about achieving healthcare interoperability between the federal agency and the Department of Defense...

Advancing Healthcare Interoperability Beyond Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For the last couple years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has moved to differentiate EHR and health IT certification from the EHR Incentive Programs, a process which in many ways has resembled a...

EHRA Questions Scope of ONC Interoperability Roadmap

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The trade association of EHR companies, HIMSS EHR Association, has commented on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap and called on the federal agency to play a collaborative rather...

Why Healthcare Interoperability Isn’t a Technical Challenge

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Although health IT standards and their implementation play an important role in health data exchange, these technical aspects are unlikely to be the reason that advancements in healthcare interoperability are not made. Time and time again during...

Clinical Engagement Needed for Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers can be either the beneficiaries or victims of health IT standards, yet providers often are left out of conversations about these standards when it comes to their development in the lab and implementation in the field. During...

ONC Ties Added Surveillance to Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was by no means surprised by questions about health IT surveillance during its interactions with media at HIMSS15 but perhaps only by the number of them. The questions...

How Healthcare Interoperability, Data Exchange Move Forward

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CHICAGO — Healthcare interoperability and health data exchange have entered a new phase at HIMSS15, one that is characterized by action and use cases in the here and now rather than in a more distant future. One such example is the progress...

How Interoperability Is Changing the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

CHICAGO — The timing of the proposed rule to change meaningful use requirements from 2015 to 2017 signals more than increased flexibility for eligible providers and preparation for streamlined objectives for all participating hospitals...

ONC Report to Congress Tackles Risks of Information Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In response to a Congressional request, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has published a report detailing the implications of information blocking for health data exchange and interoperability related to...