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Top Challenges to Leveraging Patient-Generated Health Data


The role of patient-generated health data is set to change given the increased focus on patient engagement in programs such as meaningful use and the forthcoming Merit-based Incentive Payment Program. But are healthcare organizations and providers...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?


Are EHR vendors to blame for lacking health data interoperability and health information exchange? Recent research published in Health Affairs suggests they may be. According to researchers Jordan Everson and Julia Adler-Milstein, hospitals in...

Most Hospitals Lagging Behind in Using Patient-Generated Data


Fewer than two in ten hospitals regularly use patient-reported outcomes and a similar number of hospital lack the health IT necessary for capturing this data, according to a recent Health Catalyst survey. Of the 100 clinical and administrative...

Value Remains a Problem for Health Information Exchanges


Several years have passed since federal funding spurred the development of health information exchanges across the country, yet many of these facilitators of health data exchange and interoperability are still struggling to demonstrate value...

Is Health Information Exchange Headed in the Wrong Direction?


Factors impacting health information exchanges and HIE use are the subject of two studies published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The first could signal the beginning of the end for many standalone health information exchanges and...

Task Force Makes Health IT Interoperability Recommendations


The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force (ISATF) has submitted a host of recommendations to assist ONC in drafting its next interoperability guidance for the healthcare industry with an emphasis on ensuring health IT interoperability...

Electronic Health Data Exchange Eludes Small, Rural Hospitals


Compared to larger urban and suburban hospitals, small, rural, and critical access hospitals reported lower rates for sending, receiving, finding, and integrating data electronically, according to new data published by the Office of the National...

South Carolina Docs to Tackle Health IT Interoperability


The physician advocacy group is partnering with KaMMCO Health Solutions to develop an interoperable, analytics-driving health IT solutions to support the state's providers transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care. "SCMA...

VA Continues Pursuit of EHR Interoperability with DoD


While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to face questions about EHR interoperability between itself and the Department of Defense (DoD), the federal agency is also seeking answers to its own questions. Back on June 30, VA issued...

What Does EHR Interoperability Mean for MACRA Implementation?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...



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