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Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill


Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT


Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in grants...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?


Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange


A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

ONC Awards $1.5M to Improving Health Data Exchange


Healthcare providers and patients are to be the beneficiaries of $1.5 million in awards made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seven recipients of two funding programs to improve health data...

Surescripts Makes Record Finding Service Free to EHR Vendors


EHR interoperability received a shot in the arm with the decision by Surescripts to offer EHR vendors free access to its proprietary service for locating patient records over the next three years. The health information network made the announcement...

ONC Chief Talks Health IT Standards, Information Sharing


Nearly a year has passed since the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued its ten-year roadmap for achieving nationwide healthcare interoperability. Since that time, plenty has changed in and around...

Transition to Value-Based Care Requires Health Data Exchange


In new guidance for healthcare providers and payers, the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) has called for improvements to the mechanisms and strategies for health data exchange in order to support the transition to value-based care....

How Epic Systems Is Advancing Healthcare Interoperability


Last year, Epic Systems received a considerable share of criticism for its approach to health information exchange compared to other EHR vendors, but what a difference a year makes. "In years past, there has been a lot of criticism and a...

Role of Health Data Exchange in Advancing Care Information


As part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the advancing care information performance category will replace meaningful use for eligible clinicians — and place a strong emphasis on healthcare interoperability and health...

How Health IT Standards Enable Patient Access to Health Data


Earlier this month, members of the Regenstrief Institute demonstrated the potential for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources. While widespread FHIR use remains...

Using Health Information Exchange to Reduce Strain on EDs


Use of health information exchanges could provide a solution to avoiding unnecessary visits to emergency departments while improving patient care, according to a recent study in the Southern Medical Journal. A team of researchers used data from...

Lack of EHR Interoperability Holding Back Enterprise Imaging


That and other findings related to enterprise imaging come from a June 2016 survey of 100 members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) commissioned by lifeIMAGE. A lack of EHR interoperability with imaging-related...

ONC Issues Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology draft of the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory incorporates numerous recommendations made by industry stakeholders. "The input and feedback we have received...

Longstanding IT Challenges Still Limit Potential of FHIR


Members of the Regenstrief Institute showed off the potential of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to aggregate and merge patient health data from separate data sources as a proof of concept for a new pilot of the health IT standard....

Surescripts: 48% Increase in Health Data Exchanges in 2015


Health information exchange at Surescripts experienced tremendous growth between 2014 and 2015, according to the health information network's latest annual report. All told, Surescripts processed a total of 9.7 billion secure data transactions...

EHR Vendors Operationalize Carequality Interoperability Plan


Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and other major EHR vendors are among some of the recent adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to go live with the information sharing resource, fostering better transmission of health...

Carequality Interoperability Live in 3k Clinics, 200 Hospitals


Integrated into EHR systems such as athenahealth, Epic Systems, eClinicalWorks, and Next Gen, the Carequality Interoperability Framework is live and enabling health information exchange at more than 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals, The Sequoia...

Tips for Overcoming Health Information Exchange Challenges


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to catch flak from both sides of Congress for its inability to advance health IT interoperability with the Department of Defense (DoD). The federal agency has even taken steps to improve its understanding...

Health IT Interoperability Champion DeSalvo Leaving ONC


Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will be stepping down from her post as National Coordinator effective tomorrow, according to an internal memo. Among her...



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