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GAO Identifies Additional Efforts to Improve Patient Matching

January 16, 2019 - 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 solutions. Errors in patient matching — primarily the mistaken matching of different patients or the failure to match records for the same patient...


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MEDITECH Brings CommonWell Interoperability to VT Health System

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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

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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

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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...

Epic Eyes Specialists, Insurers, and Businesses to Expand Reach

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Epic is working to integrate dentists, life insurers, and diagnostic companies into its digital environment to create a comprehensive patient record. Two months ago, Pacific Dental Services announced its plan to implement an Epic EHR...

AMIA Voices Support for Health IT Testing in the Field

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The American Medical Informatics Association is advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the scope of health IT testing in the field to ensure the success of the proposed National Test Collaborative. “Despite...

70% of Hospitals Participated in Nationwide HIE Networks in 2017

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About 70 percent of acute care hospitals participated in at least one health information exchange (HIE) network with nationwide scope in 2017, according to a new ONC data brief evaluating methods used to enable interoperability among...

Improving Patient Safety Through Healthcare Interoperability

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With healthcare organization leaders facing federal pressure to increase health data exchange, many stakeholders are focused on developing the business case for healthcare interoperability. Achieving the level of connectivity described...

VA Rolls Out APIs to Improve Interoperability, EHR Data Access

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VA is rolling out standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) designed to enable health IT developers to build tools that improve interoperability, EHR data access, and health data exchange for veterans and their...

Most EHR Vendors Have Enabled CommonWell, Carequality Connection

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The majority of EHR vendors with sizeable marketshare currently enable providers to connect with CommonWell or Carequality, indicating the healthcare industry may be poised for a breakthrough in interoperability. This finding comes from a...

How HIE Adoption Simplifies, Streamlines Health Data Exchange

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After years of frustration among stakeholders over the lack of complete, timely health data exchange across the healthcare sector, CMS is taking a firm stance on interoperability with its Promoting Interoperability programs. CMS announced...

Taking a Multi-Pronged Approach to Achieving EHR Interoperability

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While many healthcare stakeholders are dissatisfied with the current state of EHR interoperability and health data exchange, a number of health systems are leveraging existing technology to support care coordination and patient data...

Apple In Talks With VA to Extend Health Records Feature to Veterans

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Apple is currently in talks with VA to discuss a potential partnership that would provide veterans and their families with access to Apple’s Health Records EHR data viewer, according to the Wall Street Journal. Enabling veterans and...

Health Data Exchange Helps Identify Disparities in Hypertension Care

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Health data exchange may help to enable healthcare organizations to identify common disparities in hypertension care across facilities for better-informed quality improvement efforts and more effective practice-based interventions. This...

How Health Information Exchanges Can Boost EHR Patient Matching

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Ensuring high levels of accuracy in EHR patient matching across healthcare organizations is increasingly critical as stakeholders work to improve interoperability, increase health information exchange (HIE) adoption, and promote health...

CommonWell-Carequality Connection Now Generally Available

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CommonWell Health Alliance recently announced its connection to the Carequality Framework is now generally available to all CommonWell members as part of an effort to improve interoperability nationwide. CommonWell and Carequality-enabled...

MEDITECH Launches EHR-Integrated Prescription Pricing Tool

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Users of MEDITECH Expanse now have access to an EHR-integrated pricing tool to better manage the cost of their care. MEDITECH announced DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck solution will be integrated into MEDITECH Expanse as a real-time...

KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

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The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) recently furthered its reach after adding Saint Luke’s Health System to its list of participants, according to KTTN. Saint Luke’s is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that...

99% of Healthcare Organizations Fully Access EHR System Remotely

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Ninety-nine percent of surveyed clinicians can fully access their EHR systems remotely, according to CHIME’s Most Wired National Trends 2018 report. CHIME surveyed 618 healthcare organizations to gain insight into each...

7 Health Information Exchanges Connect to Military Health System

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Providers at the Military Health System (MHS) will now have access to patient EHRs from seven physician-led health information exchanges (HIEs) across the country to enable well-informed care delivery. The Kansas Health Information...

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