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9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Patient Data Access

February 13, 2019 - The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data access. Many recommendations included in the report align with newly-released proposed rules from CMS and ONC intended to crack down on information...


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AHA Opposes Key Information Blocking Regulation in CMS Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently expressed disapproval for a policy within the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule that requires hospitals to send admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications as...

AHA Says ONC, CMS Need to ‘Rethink’ EHR Documentation Rules

by Fred Donovan

The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants ONC and CMS to “rethink” EHR documentation requirements and evaluate whether certain requirements should be eliminated rather than modified to make documentation more efficient...

Pew Suggests Boosting EHR Usability, API Use to Cut Clinician Burden

by Kate Monica

Improving EHR usability and promoting efficient application programming interface (API) use may help to cut down on regulatory burden on clinicians, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization submitted these recommendations to...

70% of Hospitals Participated in Nationwide HIE Networks in 2017

by Kate Monica

About 70 percent of acute care hospitals participated in at least one health information exchange (HIE) network with nationwide scope in 2017, according to a new ONC data brief evaluating methods used to enable interoperability among...

Health IT Now Presses ONC On Information Blocking Regulations

by Kate Monica

Health IT Now (HITN) is pushing ONC to release information blocking regulations after the federal agency missed its September deadline. In a public statement, HITN responded to ONC’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee...

Which Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act Has ONC Implemented?

by Kate Monica

Healthcare stakeholders have voiced concern over ONC’s slow pace in implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) passed in 2016. However, ONC has laid the groundwork to release information blocking regulations,...

ONC Announces Certified Health IT List Data Challenge Winners

by Kate Monica

ONC recently named three winners of its Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) data challenge who showed how the information can be used and applied across the healthcare industry. Researchers, health IT developers, and researchers were...

Integrating EHR Use, Health Data Exchange Into Behavioral Health

by Kate Monica

While EHR systems and health data exchange solutions have been common tools within hospitals and physician practices for nearly a decade, many behavioral healthcare providers are just beginning to integrate EHR use into care...

APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide

by Kate Monica

EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

Reduced Regulatory Burden Needed For Improved Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory and administrative burden on health IT developers and providers is necessary to paving the way for interoperability in healthcare. This sentiment came from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at the ONC 2018 Annual...

How Information Blocking Regulations Can Promote EHR Usability

by Kate Monica

Further transparency in EHR testing and development is imperative to improving EHR usability and reducing patient harm associated with EHR use, according to AMA and Medstar. The organizations offered recommendations for three information...

ONC Names Winners of EHR Innovation Challenge for Safety Reporting

by Kate Monica

ONC recently selected three winners of its EHR innovation challenge seeking health IT solutions to ease EHR safety reporting for providers and reduce administrative burden. The Easy EHR Issue Reporting Challenge is part of the federal...

HHS Draft Strategy Aims to Reduce Administrative Burden of EHR Use

by Kate Monica

A new draft strategy from HHS addresses administrative burden on providers caused by EHR use and includes recommendations to boost provider satisfaction. HHS announced the release of the draft strategy and issued a request for public...

How Health Information Exchanges Can Boost EHR Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Ensuring high levels of accuracy in EHR patient matching across healthcare organizations is increasingly critical as stakeholders work to improve interoperability, increase health information exchange (HIE) adoption, and promote health...

EHR Usability Challenges Threaten Patient Safety in Pediatric Care

by Kate Monica

Problems with EHR usability can pose a threat to patient safety in pediatric care, particularly during medication prescribing. This finding comes in a new Health Affairs study by a team of researchers from MedStar Health. Raj Ratwani et...

EHR Interoperability Improving Among Acute Care Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Acute care hospitals are steadily improving their EHR interoperability capabilities for more advanced health data exchange, according to ONC leaders in a recent Health IT Buzz blogpost. ONC analyzed 2017 data from AHA’s Information...

HIMSS, AMIA Suggest Improvements to ONC EHR Reporting Program

by Kate Monica

HIMSS and AMIA recently listed ways ONC can ensure the EHR Reporting Program supports interoperability improvements, health IT safety, patient health data access, and compliance with CMS value-based payment and quality improvement...

2015 Edition CEHRT In Use By Over 90% of Eligible Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Over 90 percent of eligible hospitals use 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) as of October 2018, according to the most recent data from ONC. This update comes as part of a set of data visualizations showing the percentage of...

Pew, KLAS Suggest EHR Reporting Program Promote Safety, EHR Training

by Kate Monica

Pew Charitable Trusts and the Arch Collaborative — a KLAS-affiliated initiative comprising 5,000 providers — recently recommended the EHR Reporting Program include criteria centered on safety-related usability and EHR training,...

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