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Carequality, AMA Singly Advance Health IT Interoperability

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Last week, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was in St. Louis to witness firsthand the kind of EHR interoperability made possible through the Carequality Interoperability Framework. Since the...

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality

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Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in Online...

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...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

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In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of the 2016...

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...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity

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On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific about...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing

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A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Health...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS

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One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment Program —...

Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability

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Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT vendors, KLAS...

athenahealth, Epic Systems Trade Health Data Exchange Barbs

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The two companies with contentious history around health data exchange are again engaged in argument over Epic's role in supporting information sharing. Last week, Epic Systems issued corrections to a recent interview athenahealth CEO &...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

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Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT

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Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in grants...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?

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Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

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A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

ONC Awards $1.5M to Improving Health Data Exchange

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Healthcare providers and patients are to be the beneficiaries of $1.5 million in awards made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seven recipients of two funding programs to improve health data...

Surescripts Makes Record Finding Service Free to EHR Vendors

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EHR interoperability received a shot in the arm with the decision by Surescripts to offer EHR vendors free access to its proprietary service for locating patient records over the next three years. The health information network made the announcement...

ONC Chief Talks Health IT Standards, Information Sharing

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Nearly a year has passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its ten-year roadmap for achieving nationwide healthcare interoperability. Since that time, plenty has changed in and around...

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...

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