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What Does EHR Interoperability Mean for MACRA Implementation?

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In recent remarks to the American Osteopathic Association, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put the onus for EHR interoperability squarely on the shoulders of EHR vendors and not end-users. “The burden...

CMS, FDA Push for Increased Use of Unique Device Identifiers

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In letter to the Accredited Standards Committee X12, the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Food & Drug Administration have urged the body responsible for developing and maintaining electronic data interchange...

Updating Progress of FHIR, C-CDA Health IT Standards at ONC

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is making headway in promoting two health IT standards. First up, the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). On Monday, the federal agency announced the...

Reexamining the Progress of Health Data, EHR Interoperability

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As the healthcare industry continues to adopt more sophisticated forms of information technology tools, providers and policymakers are seeing a need for better health IT interoperability to be able to exchange health data seamlessly and...

VA EHR Interoperability Still Lagging, Senate Hearing Finds

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Despite recent advances in EHR interoperability, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still not far enough along in its EHR modernization efforts. In a Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing, Senate...

Carequality Looking for New Interoperability Committee Members

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Carequality has opened up applications to its Steering Committee, which will head efforts to develop large-scale health IT interoperability solutions. According to a public statement, the organization is looking for industry stakeholders who...

Health IT Interoperability Continues Growth under DirectTrust

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DirectTrust has continued its expansion in the healthcare space, helping to boost health IT interoperability and health information exchange between numerous providers and hospitals. According to a public statement from the organization, DirectTrust...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA

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Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

DoD Health Systems Connected to OK Health Information Exchange

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Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) has become the first health information exchange to connect with the Department of Defense, putting the department one step closer to full health data interoperability. According to a press release, subscribers...

New Technology Aims to Boost Health Data Interoperability

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Six Bay Area hospitals have joined together to improve health data interoperability in emergency departments in an effort to boost care coordination and patient-centered care. According to a press release, the hospitals, spear-headed by Sutter...

VA Shares Vision for EHR Interoperability, Modernization

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Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, hinted at the possibility of a commercial EHR replacement in the federal agency's future plans for upgrading and building out its health IT infrastructure in a...

GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several IT-related challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requiring sustained management attention, including its efforts to modernize its VistA to ensure EHR interoperability...

AMA’s Madara Clarifies Remarks on Digital Snake Oil, EHR Use

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In an interview following his remarks during an annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, has made clear that EHR use and usability are not part of what he called "digital...

IHE, HL7 Renew Deal for Interoperability, FHIR Collaboration

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Health Level 7 International (HL7) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have agreed to continue their cooperation on developing interoperable health information, according to a HIMSS press release. In a joint understanding document,...

PA Health Information Exchange Continues New Member Growth

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The Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) just got a little bigger with the addition of Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE) to its health data repository, according to a press release. KeyHIE joins several other Pennsylvania...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?

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The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's...

How Health Information Exchange Policy Affects Health Data

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The volume of patient data transmitted via a health information exchange doesn’t solely rely on the technical capacities of the exchange; rather, it also depends upon the policies in place that facilitate data exchange, a recent study shows....

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?

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According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which interoperability is...

AMA: EHR Interoperability Part of Today’s Digital Snake Oil

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Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the group's Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, wasted little time in criticizing the abundance of digital health tools that have failed to prove...

VA, NATE Join Forces for Health Information Exchange Efforts

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The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has joined the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), thus better facilitating health information exchange between patients and providers. According to a public statement, the agency will...

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