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ONC Health Data Exchange Framework a Near-Term Challenge for HIEs

February 2, 2018 - The ONC health data exchange framework — Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) — may cause short-term cost increases and additional levels of complexity for health information exchanges but will ultimately be worth the effort, according to HIMSS Senior Director of Federal and State Affairs Jeff Coughlin. In a recent blog post, Coughlin offered his initial thoughts...


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ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the release of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft intended to advance health data exchange and interoperability. “This is really the network of networks concept,” said National Coordinator...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

by Kate Monica

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former President Barack...

EHR Companies Deny Data Blocking, Defend Interoperability Fees

by Kate Monica

The EHR Association (EHRA) Executive Committee has fired back at accusations that EHR companies are partially to blame for interoperability problems, claiming health data exchange is progressing quickly. The association published a response to...

Top 5 Challenges to Achieving Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Improved healthcare interoperability is a top priority for providers, policymakers, and patients in 2017. The public and private sectors are working across the industry to facilitate seamless health data exchange between a multitude of health...

Two New Healthix HIE Connections Improve Patient EHR Exchange

by Kate Monica

The health information exchange (HIE) Healthix in New York recently connected to Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Health System using InterSystems Healthshare information exchange platform to enable improved patient data exchange. The integration...

Surescripts Facilitated Health Data Exchange Growth in 2016

by Kate Monica

Surescripts recently released its 2016 National Progress Report showing the interoperability network enabled over 10.9 billion secure transactions in 2016 — up 12 percent from the previous year. In 2016, Surescripts increased the number...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute presentation...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

by Kate Monica

Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

Impact of eHealth Exchange on Nationwide Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Leveraging existing health IT infrastructure is an integral element of the federal plan for achieving nationwide interoperability and successfully implementing a learning health system. The eHealth Exchange is a prime example of this idea in...

Recent Study Shows Learning Health Systems Use EHR Efficiently

by Kate Monica

Learning health systems use EHRs to support research and personalized treatments based on data from patients with similar conditions and risk factors. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the “Learn from Every Patient”...

Lack of Healthcare Interoperability to Hinder Goals of MIPS?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent comment letter on the final rule for the Quality Payment Program, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) contends that a lack of healthcare interoperability will pose significant challenges for participants...

Health IT Makes Strides Toward True Interoperability

by Frank Irving

There’s no debate that achieving true interoperability in healthcare is a tall order. But current and emerging technologies — along with an overriding philosophy of openness where warranted — have healthcare organizations poised...

True Interoperability Needs Health IT Standards, Use Cases

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two witnesses for a recent Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing emphasized the need for tight health IT standards and use cases for health data exchange in order to improve the EHR user experience and achieve true interoperability....

Industry Groups Share Views on ONC Interoperability Roadmap

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Industry feedback on the first draft of the nationwide interoperability roadmap published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made its way to the federal agency which must now consider the concerns...

SGR Bill and Interoperability Requirements Move to Senate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and with it recommendations for achieving widespread EHR interoperability. The proposed bill aims to repeal...

CommonWell Names Asnaani First-Ever Executive Director

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The CommonWell Health Alliance recently named Jitin Asnaani as the consortium's Founding Executive Director. Asnaani was responsible for the athenahealth Technology Standards and Policy Program and served as the Watertown-based health IT...

First CommonWell Executive Director Talks Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The approach of HIMSS15 means that CommonWell Health Alliance, the consortium founded by health IT developers, is preparing to celebrate another year of existence. The timing may be only a coincidence, but the organization has finally named its...

Proposed HHS Rules Take Aim at Nationwide Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are instrumental to achieving nationwide interoperability, according to the Department...

SGR Repeal Aims to Require Widespread EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest attempt to address the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments to providers also includes requirements for achieving widespread EHR interoperability in less than three years. Introduced by Representative...

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