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ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

February 23, 2017 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development of application programming interfaces (APIs) that improve health data exchange. ONC recently announced the Phase 2 winners of its three-tiered health...


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EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

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Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

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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,...

CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

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CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there...

HIE Partnership to Improve Health Data Exchange of Imaging

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Syracuse-based regional health information organization HealtheConnections is working with HIE solution developer eHealth Technologies to facilitate exchange of medical images between healthcare providers throughout the state. The ability to...

Recent Agreements to Extend Cerner EHR, RCM Technology

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San Juan Regional Medical Center has chosen Cerner to replace over 75 health IT applications with an integrated medical, financial, and population health management system to support patients across the care continuum. The Cerner EHR platform...

Michigan HIE Enables State Immunization System Queries

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A partnership between Lakeland Health System and Great Lakes Health Connect has enabled the hospital organization to become the first of its kind in Michigan to allow EHR users to query patient immunization in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry...

EHR Interoperability Still Proving a Struggle for Providers

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While EHR technology has made significant strides in the healthcare industry over the past few years, several hurdles to true interoperability still bar providers from seamlessly exchanging data in a way that is timely, efficient, and accessible....

Value-based Care to Test Small, Rural Provider HIT in 2017

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While healthcare providers are reaping major benefits from technology such as EHR systems, the new year is also bringing significant attention to the technology-related challenges faced by smaller, rural and often more isolated, healthcare providers...

Rethinking Current Approaches to Health IT Interoperability

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With the goal of achieving a learning health system enabled by true interoperability, various healthcare organizations and companies have undertaken efforts to unlock clinical data stored in various health IT systems with mixed results. According...

Eligible Hospitals Progress in Meaningful Use Public Health

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Of the four meaningful use public health measures available for eligible hospitals to report, active reporting of electronic immunization registry and reportable laboratory results were the two most common. According to ONC, 4,043 eligible and...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

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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...

Improved Health Data Exchange at Heart of UVM Epic EHR Plan

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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