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How HIE Adoption Simplifies, Streamlines Health Data Exchange

December 3, 2018 - After years of frustration among stakeholders over the lack of complete, timely health data exchange across the healthcare sector, CMS is taking a firm stance on interoperability with its Promoting Interoperability programs. CMS announced its decision to rebrand the EHR Incentive Programs (i.e., meaningful use) as Promoting Interoperability in Spring 2018. The new name is emblematic of...


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VT Health Information Exchange Working to Reduce Duplicate EHRs

by Kate Monica

After more than a year of financial and administrative problems, healthcare leaders running Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) have begun work to reduce duplicate patient EHRs within the HIE and optimize efficiency. Vermont...

Interoperability Key in EHNAC Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

by Elizabeth Snell

WEDI, SAFE-BioPharma Association, LLC, eHI, and eP3 Foundation are collaborating with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) to launch a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to further improve...

Another Michigan Health Information Exchange Qualifies for MiHIN

by Kate Monica

Oakland Physician Network Services (OPNS) recently became Michigan’s 13th health information exchange (HIE) qualified organization by joining the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN). As a qualified...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

by Kate Monica

One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the...

Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange Continues Growth

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Push and query are putting the squeeze on DIRECT as the preferred method for health information exchanges among health information organizations in Pennsylvania, according to PA eHealth Partnership Authority. The annual report on health...

THR Joins Health Information Exchange’s Northward Expansion

by Frank Irving

Texas’ decentralized state model for health information exchange is consolidating on several fronts. This trend most recently surfaced with the Jan. 27 announcement that Texas Health Resources (THR), a 25-hospital health system based...

NY Health Information Exchange Awarded $2M in CDC Initiative

by Frank Irving

Central New York health information exchange HealtheConnections has been awarded $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under an initiative to prevent and control chronic disease in the Empire...

Oklahoma HIE Expert Receives Physician IT Leadership Award

by Frank Irving

Brian Yeaman, MD, a primary care doctor practicing in Norman, Okla., has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Yeaman is chief administrative officer for Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health...

AHRQ Review Finds Literature Lacking in Support of HIE Use

by Frank Irving

An extensive literature review commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) finds that the impact of health information exchange (HIE) use on clinical outcomes and potential harms is inadequately studied. The...

Funding to Fuel Tech Adoption at Georgia HIE Intermediaries

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange (HIE) in Georgia received a boost this week with infusion of $1 million in funding to accelerate technology adoption and electronic exchange of health information among members of the Georgia Health Information...

Texas Health Information Network Joins Carequality

by Frank Irving

HIETexas, a network spanning the Lone Star State, has joined the Sequoia Project’s Carequality initiative, which gives health data sharing networks nationwide the ability to communicate with each other by using a common...

Where Health Information Exchange Fits in Care Management

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Many health information exchanges nationally facing challenges in proving their value to healthcare organizations and providers — some had experienced success, others failure — but the complexity of value-based care could...

EHRA Calls for More Specificity in ONC Data Blocking Report

by Sara Heath

In April of this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a publication addressing the issue of blocking health information exchange (HIE), and presenting various strategies to combat the issue. In...

Pa. Health Information Exchange Authority Gains 3 New HIOs

by Sara Heath

As health information exchanges (HIEs) continue to present enormous healthcare benefits, three HIE groups in Pennsylvania have signed on to unite via an eHealth partnership, helping to bring care coordination and interoperability across...

What Payers Consider Ideal for Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Despite a prevailing notion that payers ought to play an active role in health information exchange, the general approach to developing HIEs across the United States fails to provide these organizations with valuable use cases, according...

What Factors Encourage Physician HIE Adoption, Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Physician HIE adoption hinges on the ability of health information exchanges (HIE) to deliver complete and accurate patient data as well as a return on investment closely tied to meaningful use. More than 90 percent of physicians value the...

Report Details Failure of Conn. Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

An audit report and a former board member detail the demise of Connecticut’s state health information exchange. If the past few years in health information exchange (HIE) history has taught the industry anything, it’s that not all...

How an REC aligned EHR adoption, HIE participation in Maine

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

EHR adoption enables healthcare providers the means to document clinical encounters, but it is through participation in the exchange of health information that a patient’s health information is capable of getting where it is needed...

Are public health information exchanges on the way out?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

If a recent Black Book survey of payers, hospitals, and physicians turns out to be true, then the number of public health information exchanges (HIEs) is likely to dwindle in the years ahead. The annual satisfaction survey of stakeholders...

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