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LOINC Director Advises Restraint in Health Data Standardization

October 19, 2017 - A recent op-ed by LOINC and Health Data Standards Director at the Regenstrief Center Daniel J. Vreeman, PT, MS, cautioned healthcare organizations against standardizing all types of health data. While health data standardization enhances interoperability, not every lab test or data element is worth the sometimes labor-intensive, exhausting effort of standardization.  Following the 21st...


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Cerner Releases Consumer-Facing EHR to Improve Interoperability

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Cerner confirmed its commitment to improving interoperability at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference earlier this week by offering a new consumer-directed patient EHR. Cerner President Zane Burke announced the consumer-directed patient health record...

Cerner Extends Free CommonWell Services to Users Until 2020

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Cerner President Zane Burke announced at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference that the health IT company will be extending free CommonWell services to all Cerner users through 2020. Initially, CommonWell services were made free to all Cerner users...

HIMSS Calls on HHS to Improve Secure Health Data Exchange

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HIMSS recently called on HHS to assist providers in achieving nationwide secure health data exchange through promoting improved interoperability and standardization, among other aspects of exchange. Specifically, HIMSS requested HHS demonstrate...

EHR Interoperability to Transform Healthcare in Decade Ahead

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A new report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions examined ways EHR centralization, integration, and interoperabilty will likely transform the healthcare industry in the next 10 years. Researchers conducted a crowdsourcing simulation...

5 Strategies Driving SHIN-NY Roadmap for Health Data Exchange

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The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health released a health data exchange roadmap outlining the projected evolution for the Statewide Health Information Network for New-York (SHIN-NY) under value-based...

eClinicalWorks Allows Integration with CommonWell, Carequality

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eClinicalWorks will now allow users to connect with both CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality with a new self-service option. Over 400 health systems have already connected to the interoperability service providers in an effort to improve...

Health IT Developers Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

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Through its innovation hub, the American Medical Association (AMA) is assisting health IT innovators in developing a new health data exchange system to improve interoperability and help providers meet the needs of the value-based care system....

Widespread Health IT Standards Use to End Information Blocking

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Lately the discourse among healthcare leadership surrounding interoperability has morphed into a debate about information blocking — is it a real barrier to health data exchange or simply a red herring unfairly directing blame at EHR companies?...

HIPAA, HITECH Still Limiting Health Data Exchange Innovation

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The author of a new editorial on the Health Affairs Blog asserted that federal regulations HIPAA and HITECH— not EHR companies — are responsible for limiting interoperability improvements and obstructing health data exchange. The...

EHR Companies Deny Data Blocking, Defend Interoperability Fees

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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...

ONC Pushes Public Health Agencies to Improve HIE Integration

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An ONC resource on how public health agencies utilize health information exchange (HIE) integration contains best practices and insights using interviews from public health agencies in 16 jurisdictions. The findings detailed in the report focus...

NQF Framework Aims to Improve Interoperability Measurement

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released a final report to assist in the measurement of healthcare interoperability meeting its definition under federal law. The common measurement framework is designed to identify existing measures...

HHS Called on to Eliminate Health Information Blocking

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A coalition of healthcare stakeholders convened by Health IT Now called HHS and its departments to eliminate information blocking so that providers can effectively aggregate patient EHRs and advance interoperability. The letter from organizations...

KeyHIE Innovates for Interoperability, Population Health Management

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Operational since 2005, Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) is one of the oldest and largest health information exchanges (HIEs) in the country. The Pennsylvania HIE began with only three participating hospitals but has since expanded...

EHRA Requests ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Be Voluntary

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Thirty health IT companies part of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) recently requested ONC make its health data exchange framework voluntary and build on existing standards to improve interoperability. EHRA’s comments came...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

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Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

3 Ways EHR Use, Access Boost Care Coordination Across Settings

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Care coordination between healthcare settings can have a significant impact on patient care. Strong care coordination is particularly necessary for providers delivering care to high-risk patients. Transitions of care and chronic disease management...

Top 5 Challenges to Achieving Healthcare Interoperability

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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...

DirectTrust, HL7 Collaborate to Streamline Health Data Exchange

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DirectTrust and HL7 recently released a white paper proposing ways Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) and Direct standards can work together to achieve technical improvements to health data exchange. HL7 is one of many standards...

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