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LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

October 19, 2017 - A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances interoperability, not every lab test or data element is worth the sometimes labor-intensive, exhausting effort of standardization.  Following the 21st...


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Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The ability for care quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care models....

Health IT Developers Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

Through its innovation hub, the American Medical Association (AMA) is assisting health IT innovators in developing a new health data exchange system to improve interoperability and help providers meet the needs of the value-based care system....

Federal Opioid Commission Seeks PDMP Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis published an interim report requesting President Trump encourage state and federal prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to participate in health data exchange...

Health Data Exchange Initiative to Focus on Public Health

by Kate Monica

Two organizations recently announced a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) aimed at improving interoperability and collaboration between health and human services in the US. With the help of a $12 million grant from the Kresge Foundation,...

ONC Announces Health Data Exchange Challenge Final Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC today announced the final winners of its Move Health Data Forward challenge promoting solutions for more efficient and secure health data exchange. The three-phase challenge was designed to spur innovators to develop applications centered...

Chicago Health System Launching Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Chicago area could be getting a health information exchange (HIE) soon as Rush Health deploys the first phase of Rush Health Connect, a health IT solution designed to enable secure health data exchange. Rush Health currently includes 1,100...

Researchers Discuss Problems, Solutions to Patient Identification

by Kate Monica

A recent ECRI Institute presentation outlined findings regarding best practices to reduce patient matching errors. In collaboration with the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, the organization presented additional findings from its health...

Interoperability, EHR Use Among Hottest Health IT Topics

by Sara Heath

When keeping up with EHR and health IT news, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of hot-button topics. From different emerging federal incentive programs to new thoughts on how EHR data can or should be used, there is always something...

How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the National...

Recapping Important HIMSS 2016 EHR Interoperability News

by Sara Heath

Health IT, EHRs, and interoperability were major topics at the HIMSS 2016 Conference last week in Las Vegas, Nev. Between near industry-wide pledges of commitment to healthcare interoperability to the introduction of contests to develop better...

HHS Interoperability Pledge Gains Major Support at HIMSS 2016

by Sara Heath

Yesterday at the Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 conference, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an industry-wide pledge to improve interoperability across all EHRs...

DirectTrust Joins Federal Health Agencies for Interoperability

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) have joined teams to create better health information exchange and interoperability between private and public sector health entities. In a press release late last week, DirectTrust explained...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care

by Sara Heath

The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

ONC Promotes Health IT Interoperability with New Tech Lab

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is ramping up its efforts to drive nationwide interoperability through a new project, the ONC Tech Lab. In a blog post earlier this week, ONC’s Director of the Office of Standards...

How Interoperability, Care Coordination Work to Improve ACOs

by Sara Heath

Interoperability has come to the forefront of health IT conversation, particularly as the industry emphasizes patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and care coordination. All of these concepts have become a cornerstone of the healthcare...

More Voices Added to the National Dialogue on Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Healthcare Leadership Council has identified areas where public policy and private organizations can advance improvements in healthcare delivery, an important component being interoperability. The National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation...

How SMART on FHIR Grew Vendor Support for Interoperable HIT Apps

by Sara Heath

Kenneth Mandl, MD, and Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, both big players in creating SMART on FHIR, a major interoperability project, have recently recounted key details to the project and its successes in a paper published in the Journal of the American...

CommonWell Adds 5 New Members to Interoperability Consortium

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks and Modernizing Medicine top the list of five new members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, the vendor-led interoperability initiative spearheaded by Allscripts, athenahealth, and Cerner Corporation. The other health IT companies...

Hospital Health Information Exchange by the Numbers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While advancing interoperability is the aim of several current federal health IT initiatives, health information exchange is already occurring. The mechanisms for exchanging health data exchange differ as to their output and usability, but they...

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