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CVS Among Newest Additions to Surescripts Medication Service

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Surescripts now covers nearly 240 million patients after expanding its Medication History for Panel Management data service to six more pharmacies, the organization announced Monday. The health information network will provide...

CHIME Unveils National Patient Identifier Challenge Finalists

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) yesterday announced the finalists of its Healthcare Innovation Trust National Patient ID Challenge, its own effort to address positive patient identification...

RI HIE Enables Bidirectional Health Data Exchange with VA

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The Rhode Island Quality Institute and Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently announced the start of a new project designed to improve the quality and safety of care for Rhode Island veterans through improved information...

Epic EHR Interoperability at Center of New Partnership

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Premise Health today announced a new partnership with Epic to improve patient experience and expand interoperability across the spectrum of care. The worksite health and patient engagement company intends to implement Epic EHR in all its...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

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The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

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Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information...

Colorado HIE Using FHIR APIs for Patient Health Data Viewing

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The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) announced today it has successfully laid the groundwork to employ a FHIR-based application programming interface (API) technology designed to improve health data access for...

4 Initiatives Advancing Healthcare Interoperability in 2017

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Healthcare interoperability has been a priority for vendors and providers since the advent of health data exchange. Timely access to accurate health information regardless of health IT system or location improves provider communication...

ONC to Promote Interoperability in Patient Matching Challenge

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ONC is set to launch the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge this June in an effort to further advance interoperability. In a recent article, Director of Standards and Technology at ONC Steve Posnack, MS, elaborated on a five minute...

DirectTrust, the Sequoia Project Grow Health Data Exchange

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DirectTrust and the Sequoia Project are celebrating growth in their recent health data exchange efforts. On Wednesday, DirectTrust announced significant and continued growth over the first quarter of 2017. The healthcare alliance created...

Researchers Discuss Problems, Solutions to Patient Identification

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A recent ECRI Institute presentation outlined findings regarding best practices to reduce patient matching errors. In collaboration with the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, the organization presented additional findings from its...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

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In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech)....

Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

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A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice...

NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts Expand Health IT Capabilities

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NextGen Healthcare has signed a deal to acquire Entrada for more than $30 million, the EHR company announced earlier this week. According to the announcement, Entrada made a net gain of nearly 10 million in revenue in the 2016 calendar...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

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ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

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In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data...

Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry

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Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a Texas health information exchange, has recently received approval from by CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling...

HL7 Publishes Release 3 of HIT Standard FHIR for Trial Use

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Health Level 7 International (HL7) has published Release 3 of Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Trial Use (STU), the organization announced midweek. “HL7 is pleased to work on the FHIR specification with...

Healthcare APIs Necessary for Improving Data Interoperability

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A new report by Chilmark Research on solutions for improving health data interoperability highlights the importance of open healthcare APIs. The report states dramatic health IT improvements are needed to assess and manage risks across...

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