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Healthcare Interoperability

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...

Providers Not Demanding Health Data Exchange from Vendors

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite the importance placed on healthcare interoperability and health data exchange by federal officials, a majority of healthcare organizations and providers are not demanding these capabilities from their health IT vendors. This is one of...

How Does Competition Impact Healthcare Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the nationwide interoperability roadmap drafted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and identified aspects of the plan that could have a negative impact...

How Interoperability Drove Magruder Hospital to CommonWell

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A small critical access hospital in Ohio might not be an obvious candidate for far-reaching health data exchange, but that is just the case for Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton which just signed on with CommonWell Health Alliance to use the...

How Private Industry is Embracing Healthcare Data Standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

Most of the mandates related to health IT adoption in recent years have been relatively unilateral, with the ONC and CMS goading providers into meaningful use participation and trying to crack the whip on ICD-10.  While the healthcare industry...

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