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How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?


As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the National...

Epic Systems, Medicity Lead in Health Information Exchange


Healthcare organizations and providers using either Epic Systems or Medicity have confidence in these vendors to resolve interoperability challenges through their health information exchange services over the next few years, according to a recent...

Health Information Exchange in Michigan Extends Services


The largest health information exchange in Michigan has reached an agreement that will enable more providers to access relevant patient health data across the care continuum. Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids has signed on with Great...

HELP Committee Works to Support 21st Century Cures Act


Efforts to advance interoperability and health information exchange received a shot in the arm Wednesday when the Senate Health Committee marked up seven bills in support of the 21st Century Cures Act that drew widespread support in the House...

Updates on Health IT Interoperability Progress from CMS, ONC


As the healthcare industry continues to prioritize interoperability and health information exchange between systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated...

Recapping Important HIMSS 2016 EHR Interoperability News


Health IT, EHRs, and interoperability were major topics at the HIMSS 2016 Conference last week in Las Vegas, Nev. Between near industry-wide pledges of commitment to healthcare interoperability to the introduction of contests to develop better...

HHS Interoperability Pledge Gains Major Support at HIMSS 2016


Yesterday at the Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 conference, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an industry-wide pledge to improve interoperability across all EHRs...

Health IT Interoperability Helps Connect Medical Staffs


Healthcare led all industries in mergers and acquisitions in 2015, with $688 billion worth of consolidations coming to a close, according to financial information firm Dealogic. And while analysts expect more of the same this year due to favorable...

DirectTrust Joins Federal Health Agencies for Interoperability


DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) have joined teams to create better health information exchange and interoperability between private and public sector health entities. In a press release late last week, DirectTrust explained...

eClinicalWorks Gears Up for Acute Care EHR Integration


Will cloud-based electronic health records technology take hold in the hospital market as it has among ambulatory providers? eClinicalWorks, which currently counts more than 115,000 physicians using its ambulatory EHR, is preparing to find out....

PCORI to Boost Interoperability, Data Sharing in New EHR Project


Several data sharing and EHR interoperability projects came to the forefront yesterday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The organization announced that it...

How Inbound Data Changes Health IT Interoperability Strategy


How much does interoperability factor into IT design strategy at healthcare organizations? Not enough, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which spent part of its Interim Meeting in November advocating for more interoperable...

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability


You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care


The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

Post-Acute Health Information Exchange Services On the Way


CommonWell Health Alliance will begin offering its health information exchange services for post-acute facilities in the first quarter of 2016, the not-for-profit trade association announced on Feb. 24. Three health IT vendors — Brightree,...

ONC Promotes Health IT Interoperability with New Tech Lab


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is ramping up its efforts to drive nationwide interoperability through a new project, the ONC Tech Lab. In a blog post earlier this week, ONC’s Director of the Office of Standards...

Consumer Group Calls on HHS to Improve Health Data Sharing


Consumer advocacy association Clear Choices reached out this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with recommendations to improve healthcare transparency through publicly shared data. Part of the solution lies in applying...

ONC Announces New Health Data Standards and Technology Lab


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed a new approach to unifying its healthcare data standards and technology initiatives. Steven Posnack, director of the agency’s Office of Standards and Technology, introduced...

How Interoperability, Care Coordination Work to Improve ACOs


Interoperability has come to the forefront of health IT conversation, particularly as the industry emphasizes patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and care coordination. All of these concepts have become a cornerstone of the healthcare...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project


Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...



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