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Senate Passes Bill For VA EHR Interoperability, Funding


The Senate has passed a bill with provisions regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR plans and health IT interoperability. The bill (HR 2029), comes in the wake of much discussion and debate about EHR interoperability between the...

EHRA Clarifies Key Notes in ONC Data Blocking Report Advice


In an effort to clear up its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) information blocking report, the HIMSS EHR Association (EHRA) has published a statement clarifying its intentions. Explaining that much of the...

AHA Gives Recommendations for ONC Interoperability Advisory


The American Hospital Association is seeking greater insight into the rationale behind many of the choices made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Exchange (ONC) in choosing best available standards as part of its...

HIMSS: Interoperability Standards Advisory Needs More Detail


After releasing its draft for the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) sought public comment to make revisions. Earlier this week, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems...

Health Data Sharing Leads to New Flu Trend Prediction System


Researchers have developed an improved influenza-like illness (ILI) reporting system, thanks to the use of EHR technology and health data sharing. By aggregating information from EHRs and crowd-sourced data sources, researchers have developed...

House Hearing Reviews DoD, VA EHR Interoperability Plans


On October 27, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing discussing the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) health IT and EHR interoperability plans. Members of the subcommittee for information technology...

Prepping Health IT for Population Health, Value-Based Care


Population health management and value-based care center on risk. For the former, the key is to identify and limits the health risks of a particular patient population. For the latter, the whole point is prevention while maintaining a high level...

GAO Urges DoD, VA to Establish EHR Interoperability Goals


After releasing a report on EHR interoperability standards for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) this past August, the Government Accountability Office has released yet another report stating that the two agencies need...

12 EHR Vendors Reach Agreement on Interoperability Standards


Widespread EHR interoperability is a major goal for health IT stakeholders, yet healthcare industry is still searching for solutions to ineffective care coordination, patient engagement, and the numerous other challenges resulting from a lack...

athenahealth Leads Epic, Cerner in Ease of EHR Data Sharing


Cerner Corporation and Epic Systems trail athenahealth as the easiest, most effective EHR technology to connect to for EHR data sharing purposes, according to the latest KLAS performance report on EHR interoperability. The October report —...

Health Information Exchange in New York Continues Growth


Health information exchange (HIE) networks have just gotten larger in New York State. On October 18, HealthlinkNY, the state’s HIE network, announced that it is has connected the Hudson Valley and New York’s Southern Tier to the Statewide...

EHRA Calls for More Specificity in ONC Data Blocking Report


In April of this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a publication addressing the issue of blocking health information exchange (HIE), and presenting various strategies to combat the issue. In response to...

EHR Interoperability Limited in Integrated Care Facilities


EHR interoperability has been brought to the forefront lately as various health organizations and government agencies push for nationwide health information exchange. Furthermore, as integrated healthcare and care coordination become fixtures...

Pa. Health Information Exchange Authority Gains 3 New HIOs


As health information exchanges (HIEs) continue to present enormous healthcare benefits, three HIE groups in Pennsylvania have signed on to unite via an eHealth partnership, helping to bring care coordination and interoperability across the entire...

AAFP: Health IT Industry Should be Closer to EHR Interoperability


Although the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently released its Interoperability Roadmap, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) does not believe that is enough to achieve nationwide EHR interoperability in...

How Improving Physician EHR Use Can Benefit the Diagnoses


Although physician EHR use has many benefits, including increased care coordination and patient engagement, issues with interoperability and health information exchange sometimes hinder the diagnosis process. Such was the case with the first...

AHA Explains Industry Challenges for EHR Interoperability


EHR use presents many healthcare benefits, including coordination of care and increased patient engagement. However, , the lack of EHR and health IT interoperability is posing a serious threat to other healthcare initiatives, according to a recent...

Social Security Joins CommonWell’s Push for Interoperability


As a major disability healthcare provider, the Social Security Administration requests access to millions of electronic health records, demonstrating a true need for EHR interoperability. In order to meet those needs, the Social Security Administration...

OIG Warns EHR Users of Information Blocking Consequences


As a part of National Health IT Week, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a special report reminding industry stakeholders of information blocking and the federal anti-kickback statute relative to EHR adoption and use. According...

ONC Interoperability Roadmap Targets Learning Health System


Better care coordination, quality care, lowered costs, and healthy and engaged patients are the long-time goals ofthe push for health IT interoperability. In its publication of the Health IT Interoperability Roadmap, the Department of Health...



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