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ONC 2015 Edition Health IT Rule Aims at Interoperability


To enhance EHR interoperability and health information exchange (HIE), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released its 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. According to an Department of Health & Human Services...

ONC Report Upswing in Electronic Health Information Exchange


Health information exchange is a major priority in the healthcare industry as a result of the increased push for quality care at a better price under the triple aim. According to a recent study by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

EHR Integration Target of DoD EHR Modernization Subcontract


The Leidos-led team that won the Department of Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) award — that is, the DoD EHR modernization project — has made another addition to its squad for the purposes of health IT integration...

Why Health IT Interoperability Is Beyond ONC, Regulators


Advancing health IT interoperability will take more than the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and its roadmap for standing up appropriate health IT infrastructure, but its role in providing guidance and...

Texas HIE Merger Brings Millions of Records Under One Roof


Health information exchange (HIE) has been expanded throughout northern and western Texas thanks to an initiative by HASA, a health information organization, according to a recent press release. This initiative will expand HASA operations across...

EHR Interoperability Stakeholders Facing 5 Major Challenges


As the push for EHR interoperability continues, non-federal initiatives continue to face several challenges. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviews these challenges, indicating that universal standards may be necessary...

Success of Accountable Care Organizations Relies on Health IT


Much of the future success of accountable care organizations hinges on putting in place and building off a robust health IT infrastructure whose efficaciousness depends on advancements in health IT interoperability, according to the Workgroup...

ONC Seeks Feedback on Health IT Interoperability Advisory


The Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory contains substantial changes for characterizing health IT standards for clinical operability and is now open for public comment, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

EHR Interoperability a Top Concern for Medical Students


While current providers are realizing how a lack interoperability impacts care coordinating delivery, future physicians see advanced interoperability as integral to their success. That and several other findings have come out of an athenahealth...

Final Federal HIT Strategy Plan for Learning Health System


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan that aims at a learning health system (i.e., interoperable and accessible) within ten years. "This...

ONC Grants $1M for Community Health Information Exchange


EHR adoption is an important step for a healthcare facility to make in increasing health information exchange (HIE) and quality of care. Storing data in an EHR allows for better data sharing, and in turn, better care coordination. A major enabler...

Oncologists Seek EHR Interoperability for Better Cancer Care


The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) looks to remove the obstacles preventing EHR interoperability as well as the harm to cancer patients caused by ineffective health information exchange. In a recent position paper, ASCO emphasizes...

Arizona Eliminates State HIE Fees for Community Members


Providers interested in participating in health information exchange (HIE) programs have faced serious barriers when it comes to membership costs. However, in a recent attempt to curb those costs and increase participation, the state of Arizona...

How Scalability, Usability Hold Back EHR Interoperability


In the competition between leading EHR vendors Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation, the most recent clashes have centered on the approach each has taken in advancing EHR interoperability, with the latter being credited with having a more open...

How Blue Button Must Change for Health Information Exchange


Advancing health information exchange (HIE) requires the buy-in of both providers and patients. That is one of several important takeaways from a recent study of the Department of Veterans Affairs Blue Button Initiative in the Journal of Medical...

White House Seeks Input on Precision Medicine Initiative


The White House looks to build off feedback of the public and private sectors for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in order to ensure that patient data remains secure while becoming better suited to effective  health information exchange...

DoD-VA EHR Interoperability Lacks Outcome Metrics, Goals


EHR interoperability between the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) is likely to encounter additional setbacks without outcome-based measures and goals, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report....

How a Lack of EHR Interoperability Hinders Care Coordination


While the entire healthcare industry is gearing up for value-based care, several gaps persist throughout the continuum of care that could slow this transformation. One obvious hole to be filled is the lack of EHR interoperability which not only...

Health Information Exchange Focus of Patient Matching Event


As the healthcare industry grows increasingly complex, so does the process of linking patient data across various healthcare providers. Known as patient matching, this process has made health information exchange (HIE) very cumbersome and prompted...

Technical Barriers Limiting Health Information Exchange


Less than a quarter of hospitals have the capability to find, send, receive, and use data, according to data compiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and American Hospital Association (AHA). During...



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