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EHR Adoption, Interoperability Brought Google Back to Healthcare

March 6, 2018 - LAS VEGAS—Widespread EHR adoption attracted the likes of Google to return to healthcare and help the industry in its adoption of new and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. On Monday, Google made clear its intentions to move the healthcare organizations and health IT developers forward in the use of advanced analytical tools and at the same time...


Epic, athenahealth Most Effectively Enable EHR Interoperability


Epic and athenahealth most successfully integrate their EHR product offerings with a single network to enable EHR interoperability for seamless health data exchange between users, according to a 2018 KLAS interoperability report. “Traditionally,...

Carequality Framework Membership Exceeds 600K Providers


Carequality recently announced more than 600,000 healthcare providers are utilizing its trusted health data exchange framework to enable network-to-network connectivity. Membership of the Sequoia Project initiative includes eClinicalWorks, Epic,...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Major HIMSS18 Focal Points


With 40,000 attendees set to descend on Las Vegas, the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring together the nation’s leading healthcare and health IT minds to tackle the nation’s top challenges, two of which are health...

OR Behavioral Health Center Adopts Carequality Using Netsmart EHR


LifeWorks Northwest (LifeWorks NW) in Oregon will adopt the Carequality interoperability framework through its Netsmart EHR network in an effort to improve health data exchange between other acute and community care providers. The behavioral...

Diagnostic EHR Data Sharing in Health Systems Improves Outcomes


A recent study ties hospital and health system sharing of diagnostic EHR data to lower patient mortality rates and improve health outcomes. Researchers studying CMS and AHA data published their findings in the American Journal of Managed Care....

Pew Urges ONC Expand EHR Data Included in Health Data Exchange


Pew Charitable Trusts recently requested ONC support the expansion of health data exchange via application programming interfaces (APIs) beyond common clinical data sets (CCDS) to include a wider variety of important EHR data. In a letter to...

ONC Releases Trusted Health Data Exchange Framework Draft


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...

AHRQ Challenge to Enable EHR Integration of Patient Reported Data


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced plans to launch a challenge competition in fall of 2018 to develop health IT capable of enabling EHR integration of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data. The competition...

SHIEC Patient Centered Data Health Information Exchange Goes Live


The Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) recently announced the nationwide launch of health information exchange model Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH). PCDH is a health data exchange system with a focus on interstate...

Recognizing Healthcare Interoperability as a Moving Target


Verbs used to describe work on interoperability (e.g., achieve, reach) give the impression that the task once done is complete. But the emergence of new technology and data sets with the potential to positively impact care delivery renders that...

ONC Chief Keen on Moving Health IT Innovation Beyond the EHR


Healthcare interoperability and health IT usability were front and center at the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting in the nation’s capital and indicative on a change that took hold within the federal agency in recent years following its successful...

Standardization Biggest Barrier to Healthcare Interoperability


As one of the earliest adopters of health data exchange in its region, the Hattiesburg Clinic in Mississippi understands the importance of enabling healthcare interoperability to improve clinical efficiency and reduce provider frustrations. The...

Another Michigan Health Information Exchange Qualifies for MiHIN


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 organization,...

1.3M Veterans Opt Into Health Data Exchange with Private Sector


More than 1.3 million veterans have opted in to allow the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to participate in health data exchange for improved care coordination with providers in the private sector. By allowing their health data to be accessible...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability


True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs),...

CMS Issues Guidance on Information Blocking Prevention in MIPS


CMS recently released information clarifying three statements making up the prevention of information blocking attestation reporting requirement part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). All eligible clinicians reporting on the...

Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions


A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

DirectTrust Health Data Exchange Likely to Hit 170M Transactions


DirectTrust announced it expects to reach 170 million cumulative health data exchange transactions for 2017 following a period of continued steady growth in users, addresses, and transactions in the third quarter of the year. The healthcare industry...

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability


A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from 107...



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