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Epic, athenahealth, Others Implement Carequality Framework

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Five major EHR vendors have joined the Sequoia Project’s Carequality initiative, stating that they will adopt the group’s Carequality Interoperability Framework. According to a statement from the Sequoia Project, the likes of athenahealth,...

Will Expectations Meet Reality for Interoperability in 2016?

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Last year was an important year for advancing health information technology (IT) interoperability. In particular, the unveiling of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

ONC Posts Health IT Policies for Improved Accountable Care

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released a full document containing health IT policy levers on its website, giving various healthcare professionals access to different ways states leverage health IT to increase...

Congress Funds EHR Modernization, Interoperability at VA

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The passing of a $1.1 trillion spending bill has serious implications for the EHR technology in place within the Department of Veterans Affairs. As reported last week by Meredith Somers of Federal News Radio, the Consolidated Appropriations Act...

Patient Matching Issues Hindering 50% of HIM Professionals

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More than half of health IT management professionals regularly work on fixing problems with patient matching and duplicate patient records, according to a recent survey from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To further...

Clinical Research to Gain from Health IT Interoperability

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The key to health IT use in clinical research is interoperability and data sharing, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In a recent letter addressed to the acting commissioner of food and drugs at the Food...

How the Healthcare Industry Tackled Data Blocking in 2015

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Data blocking, the antithesis to health IT interoperability, is emerging as a major impediment to the improvement of EHR use.  Data blocking is defined by the ONC as preventing the sharing of health information intentionally, knowingly,...

How Federal Agencies Acted to Aid EHR Interoperability in 2015

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Since the advent of EHRs and health IT products, interoperability has been an issue for healthcare providers. Throughout 2015, different government agencies have made progress toward laying out plans for full EHR interoperability. From interoperability...

Federal Health Information Exchange Connects DoD, Inova

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The Department of Defense is making greater strides in increasing interoperability as it joins Inova Health System on the eHealth Exchange, a federally-sponsored health information exchange (HIE), according to a press release. By connecting to...

ONC Issues Final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

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After reviewing and address public comments over the previous months, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued the final version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The federal agency's...

Health Information Exchange to Build on 2015 Advancements

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Interoperability and health information exchange are deeply intertwined. While advancing interoperability should enabled the more efficient exchange of health information, health data exchange is already taking place through the leveraging of...

Research on Health Information Exchange Limited, AHRQ Finds

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Research informing healthcare organizations and providers of the outcomes of adequate health information exchange (HIE) appears to be lacking, according to research from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ). The study investigated...

HITPC Claims Interoperability Progress Not Fast Enough

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As a part of a federal mandate to improve EHR use, interoperability, and connected care, the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) has submitted its December report to Congress explaining barriers and policy suggestions with regard to interoperability....

CMS Sets Sights on Interoperability, Information Sharing

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Value-based care at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be a driving force behind providers choosing health IT based on its interoperability and ability to support coordinated care. This was the crux of the message delivered...

ONC Aims for Nationwide Health Information Exchange in 2016

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The immediate future of health IT will focus on efficient health information and improved usability of health information, according to the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). On Tuesday, National...

New EHR Interoperability Framework Touted as Game-Changer

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Carequality has officially released its Carequality Interoperability Framework to streamline interoperability and health information exchange across the healthcare industry. According to a public statement, the Carequality Interoperability Framework...

Most Newsworthy EHR Vendor Developments of 2015

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Three words best describe how EHR vendors over the past year: interoperability, usability, and replacement. Plenty has changed in twelve months. Previously, the focus was on meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements just a year ago and the...

RSNA, The Sequoia Project Partner for HIT Interoperability

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Joining the industry-wide effort to improve health IT interoperability, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and The Sequoia Project have announced a partnership to improve the health IT interoperability of imaging technology....

DoD Reaches Long-Anticipated EHR Interoperability Goal

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After a long struggle for interoperability, the Department of Defense has announced that its Joint Legacy Viewer EHR system has met the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), meeting EHR interoperability standards. According to a...

Where Health Information Exchange Fits in Care Management

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Many health information exchanges nationally facing challenges in proving their value to healthcare organizations and providers — some had experienced success, others failure — but the complexity of value-based care could provide...

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