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Transition to Value-Based Care Requires Health Data Exchange

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In new guidance for healthcare providers and payers, the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) has called for improvements to the mechanisms and strategies for health data exchange in order to support the transition to value-based care....

How Epic Systems Is Advancing Healthcare Interoperability

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Last year, Epic Systems received a considerable share of criticism for its approach to health information exchange compared to other EHR vendors, but what a difference a year makes. "In years past, there has been a lot of criticism and a...

Role of Health Data Exchange in Advancing Care Information

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As part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the advancing care information performance category will replace meaningful use for eligible clinicians — and place a strong emphasis on healthcare interoperability and health...

How Health IT Standards Enable Patient Access to Health Data

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Earlier this month, members of the Regenstrief Institute demonstrated the potential for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources. While widespread FHIR use remains...

Using Health Information Exchange to Reduce Strain on EDs

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Use of health information exchanges could provide a solution to avoiding unnecessary visits to emergency departments while improving patient care, according to a recent study in the Southern Medical Journal. A team of researchers used data from...

Lack of EHR Interoperability Holding Back Enterprise Imaging

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That and other findings related to enterprise imaging come from a June 2016 survey of 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) commissioned by lifeIMAGE. A lack of EHR interoperability with imaging-related...

ONC Issues Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology draft of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory incorporates numerous recommendations made by industry stakeholders. "The input and feedback we have received...

Longstanding IT Challenges Still Limit Potential of FHIR

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Members of the Regenstrief Institute showed off the potential of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources as a proof of concept for a new pilot of the health IT standard....

Surescripts: 48% Increase in Health Data Exchanges in 2015

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Health information exchange at Surescripts experienced tremendous growth between 2014 and 2015, according to the health information network's latest annual report. All told, Surescripts processed a total of 9.7 billion secure data transactions...

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...

Carequality Interoperability Live in 3k Clinics, 200 Hospitals

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Integrated into EHR systems such as athenahealth, Epic Systems, eClinicalWorks, and Next Gen, the Carequality Interoperability Framework is live and enabling health information exchange at more than 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals, The Sequoia...

Tips for Overcoming Health Information Exchange Challenges

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to catch flak from both sides of Congress for its inability to advance health IT interoperability with the Department of Defense (DoD). The federal agency has even taken steps to improve its understanding...

Health IT Interoperability Champion DeSalvo Leaving ONC

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Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will be stepping down from her post as National Coordinator effective tomorrow, according to an internal memo. Among her...

Two MA Hospitals Make Health IT Interoperability Investments

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UMass Memorial Health Care and South Shore Hospital are touting recent health IT investments to bolster hospital interoperability. The former in fact made two in August. The health system headquartered in Worcester first signed an agreement with...

3 Programs Supporting Health IT Standard FHIR Development

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As HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, said in an interview published earlier this week, "the marketplace will decide the utility of FHIR." So how exactly will Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — the specifications...

Health IT Standard FHIR Ready to Advance Interoperability

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Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) remains a draft standard and application programming interface, but that status doesn't mean this health IT resource is not ready for the big time, according to the head of Health Level Seven...

Health IT Interoperability in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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As originally planned, eligible professionals and hospitals would to move from EHR adoption and data capture to advanced EHR use an health information exchange. While the meaningful use timeline has changed considerably with Stage 3 Meaningful...

Will FHIR, APIs Help or Hinder Health Information Exchanges?

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Application programming interfaces, such as the much-discussed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, have the potential to increase the fluidity and sharing of health data currently stored away in health IT systems. But will increased API...

Top Challenges to Leveraging Patient-Generated Health Data

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The role of patient-generated health data is set to change given the increased focus on patient engagement in programs such as meaningful use and the forthcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment Program. But are healthcare organizations and providers...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?

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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...

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