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OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

January 20, 2017 - One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health information exchange. The CCO maintains that dissolving the organization will provide value to the healthcare marketplace and spur growth for healthcare...


Improved Health Data Exchange at Heart of UVM Epic EHR Plan


A recent editorial by the Press Republican gets at the heart of two recent health IT developments involving the University of Vermont Medical Center — improving health data exchange. The University of Vermont Medical Center recently requested...

CO Health Insurance Exchange Struggled in Establishment Grants


Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange instituted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts, received three establishment grants collectively amounting to 183.7 million on December 31, 2014, according...

Hospital Leaders Unsure of Health IT Growth, Long Term Strategy


Political and financial dissonance leaves hospital leaders unsure about the future of health IT growth, according to recent survey. Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book, said 90 percent of hospital leaders surveyed believe political uncertainty...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange


The Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration (SSA), and The Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange have partnered to exchange electronic health information for veterans looking to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance...

ONC Report Highlights Need for Health IT Interoperability Push


While the healthcare industry has a strong health IT presence with high EHR adoption levels, the ONC still has work to do to improve health data interoperability, according to the federal agency’s most recent annual report to Congress....

HIMSS, AHA Seek Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) have both submitted comments on the ONC 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory. In a comment letter, HIMSS leadership state...

NWU Project for Patient-Reported Outcomes, EHR Integration


A consortium of university hospitals led by Northwestern University has received a $6.3 million grant for patient-reported outcomes and EHR integration, according to a recent press release. The grant, awarded by the National Center for Advancing...

EHR Vendors Operationalize Carequality Interoperability Plan


Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and other major EHR vendors are among some of the recent adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to go live with the information sharing resource, fostering better transmission of health...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?


Are EHR vendors to blame for lacking health data interoperability and health information exchange? Recent research published in Health Affairs suggests they may be. According to researchers Jordan Everson and Julia Adler-Milstein, hospitals in...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA


Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

VA Shares Vision for EHR Interoperability, Modernization


Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, hinted at the possibility of a commercial EHR replacement in the federal agency's future plans for upgrading and building out its health IT infrastructure in a...

GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several IT-related challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requiring sustained management attention, including its efforts to modernize its VistA to ensure EHR interoperability...

AMA’s Madara Clarifies Remarks on Digital Snake Oil, EHR Use


In an interview following his remarks during an annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, has made clear that EHR use and usability are not part of what he called "digital...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?


The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's...

AMA: EHR Interoperability Part of Today’s Digital Snake Oil


Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the group's Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, wasted little time in criticizing the abundance of digital health tools that have failed to prove...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?


A group of 37 medical societies have urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to move away from using meaningful use requirements for data exchange as a means of measuring EHR interoperability as part of...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability


EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight into...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable


On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO


The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...



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