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Enabling Targeted Health Data Exchange for Efficient Patient Care

March 18, 2019 - As healthcare organizations continue to collect more and more data on their patients, health information exchanges (HIEs) must employ new strategies to help providers quickly filter out less relevant information and pinpoint data critical for patient care.   Community initiative Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) in Texas has recently taken steps to improve the quality of its...


Epic Halts App Orchard Enrollment to Boost EHR Patient Data Safety


Epic temporarily halted third-party enrollment in its App Orchard store in December as part of an effort to implement new privacy policies to preserve EHR patient data security, according to CNBC. The EHR vendor became concerned about the...

New Sequoia Project Workgroup Zeroes In On Information Blocking


The Sequoia Project has launched a new workgroup as part of its Interoperability Matters cooperative centered on addressing longstanding issues with information blocking. The workgroup comprises public and private stakeholders focused on...

EHRA Urges CMS, ONC to Extend Interoperability Rule Comment Period


The EHR Association (EHRA) recently issued letters to ONC and CMS requesting a 30-day extension of the comment period for the federal agencies’ proposed rules on interoperability and information blocking. In a letter to National...

Christiana Care Health System Enables Apple EHR Data Viewer


Christiana Care Health System now supports the Apple Health Records EHR data viewer to enable patients to view their health information from outside hospitals and clinics for a more accessible, complete portrait of their own medical...

eHealth Exchange Uses FHIR to Modernize Health IT Infrastructure


eHealth Exchange is upgrading its health IT infrastructure to cut costs, expand its national reach, and support new capabilities including a national record locator service. The nationwide health information network will integrate its...

Epic, Cerner Seamlessly Present Unstructured Data In EHR Interface


A KLAS 2019 Interoperability report lauded Epic and Cerner for their ability to present unstructured data such as labs and physician notes in a usable format through the EHR interface. KLAS researchers analyzed data from thousands of...

Over 350 Practices Integrate EHR Patient Data Into HEALTHeLINK


Participation in western New York’s health information exchange (HIE) continues to grow, with more than 350 physician practices now integrating EHR patient data into HEALTHeLINK. This finding and others came in HEALTHeLINK’s...

NC Health Information Exchange Upgrades Infrastructure, Usability


North Carolina’s health information exchange (HIE) is working to upgrade its infrastructure by partnering with InterSystems and analytics company SAS to improve health IT usability and efficiency for users. NC HealthConnex is...

National Science Foundation Tackles Health IT Interoperability


The National Science Foundation has released a request for information (RFI) soliciting input from industry stakeholders including academic and non-governmental organizations about new approaches to improve health IT interoperability. In...

Cerner Advancing Capabilities to Improve EHR Interoperability


Cerner is releasing several new capabilities for users of its health IT solutions through 2020 as part of an effort to improve EHR interoperability and health data exchange. The health IT company is presenting coming interoperability...

9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Patient Data Access


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...

Open APIs, AI, Machine Learning, Interoperability in Focus at HIMSS19


The HIMSS19 annual conference takes place February 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will gain insights around the industry’s most pressing topics, from interoperability to just how AI can...

NY HIE HealthlinkNY to Merge with HealtheConnections


Successful partnerships in the past have led to the merger of HealthlinkNY and HealtheConnections, the two health information exchanges announced earlier this week. The resulting health improvement organization will span 26 counties,...

Vermont Health Information Exchange Considering Op-Out Consent


After years of struggling to boost the number of patient health records included in the exchange, leaders of Vermont’s health information exchange (HIE) are considering changing their consent policy from opt-in to opt-out. Opt-in...

AHA, AAMC Urge Stakeholders to Advance Healthcare Interoperability


AHA, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and five other national hospital associations recently pressed public and private stakeholders to advance healthcare interoperability and health data exchange using a six-point...

GAO Identifies Additional Efforts to Improve Patient Matching


The Government Accountability Office recently released findings from interviews of nearly two score of physicians, hospitals, and other stakeholders that detail the many challenges in the way of patient matching as well as potential...

MEDITECH Brings CommonWell Interoperability to VT Health System


Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans is now live with CommonWell interoperability services thanks to MEDITECH, an critical member of the CommonWell Health Alliance. “Northwestern Medical Center is excited to partner with...

Microsoft, Hill-Rom Team to Bring Medical Device Data to EHRs


Medical technology company Hill-Rom announced it’s partnered with Microsoft to bring medical device data into electronic heath records. The vendors developed combined tools that will leverage operational data and clinical knowledge...

ONC Report to Congress Shows Flawed Health Data Sharing


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently filed a 22-page report to Congress on EHR adoption across the healthcare sector, finding health data sharing and availability is flawed. The annual progress report to Congress...



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