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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...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?

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A group of 37 medical societies have urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to move away from using meaningful use requirements for data exchange as a means of measuring EHR interoperability as part of...

Patient-Centered Data Home Initiative to Drive Nationwide HIE

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Three members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to form a patient-centered data home (PCDH) initiative, which could better facilitate interstate health information exchange (HIE), the group...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability

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EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight into...

DirectTrust’s Patient-Centered HIE to Boost Patient Engagement

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DirectTrust has launched the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) to better support health information exchange (HIE) between patients and their providers, says a recent press release. The program will alleviate cost and technology barriers...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable

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On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

ONC Needs New Approach for MACRA Interoperability Standards

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ONC needs to take a new approach to how it implements health data interoperability standards under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), says the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In a letter signed by AMIA president...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

PA Doctors Win Big in Health Information Exchange Contest

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A group from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has won a national competition for building technologies supporting health information exchange between hospitals and public health agencies, according to a recent press release. The...

Hospitals Use EHR Interoperability to Boost Care Coordination

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SSM Health, a St. Louis-based healthcare system, has launched the National Record Locator Service in efforts to improve care coordination through more comprehensive EHR interoperability measures, according to an official press release. The...

Health IT Standards Needed to Support Precision Medicine

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In a meeting of ONC’s Precision Medicine Task Force, healthcare leaders proposed the agency create more robust health IT standards in the wake of huge stores of health data needed in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The Task Force,...

PA Health Information Exchange Awards $3.8M in Grants

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The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded over $3 million in funding to help hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare organizations connected to the state’s health information exchange (HIE), Pennsylvania’s...

How Does FHIR Fit into Recent Interoperability Initiatives?

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Plenty of talk supports the position that application programming interfaces (APIs) will enhance health data interoperability, particularly a leading API standard known as FHIR. Health Level 7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource...

Task Force Calls for Healthcare Interoperability Standards

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In a recent meeting of the Interoperability Experience Task Force, healthcare stakeholders identified the top challenges to healthcare interoperability, including data availability and accessibility, the need for data sharing and format standards,...

DirectTrust Sees 20M Health Data Exchanges in Q1 2016

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DirectTrust has seen a considerable amount of growth in the first quarter of 2016, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to health data exchange and health data interoperability. According to a public statement, the number of healthcare...

Texas Health Information Exchange Shares First Data with HIO

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A new health information exchange (HIE) is on the Texas map, and it has officially exchanged data with the first of its member HIOs. According to a recent press release, the Paso del Notre Health Information Exchange (PDN HIE) has officially...

HHS Programs to Support Data Standards, Interoperability

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The Department of Health and Human Services has recently announced two new funding opportunities which will promote health data standards and EHR interoperability. According to an HHS press release, the funding opportunities aim to improve patient...

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