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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...

Two MA Hospitals Make Health IT Interoperability Investments


UMass Memorial Health Care and South Shore Hospital are touting recent health IT investments to bolster hospital interoperability. The former in fact made two in August. The health system headquartered in Worcester first signed an agreement with...

3 Programs Supporting Health IT Standard FHIR Development


As HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, said in an interview published earlier this week, "the marketplace will decide the utility of FHIR." So how exactly will Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) — the specifications...

Health IT Standard FHIR Ready to Advance Interoperability


Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) remains a draft standard and application programming interface, but that status doesn't mean this health IT resource is not ready for the big time, according to the head of Health Level Seven...

Health IT Interoperability in Stage 3 Meaningful Use


As originally planned, eligible professionals and hospitals would to move from EHR adoption and data capture to advanced EHR use an health information exchange. While the meaningful use timeline has changed considerably with Stage 3 Meaningful...

Will FHIR, APIs Help or Hinder Health Information Exchanges?


Application programming interfaces, such as the much-discussed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, have the potential to increase the fluidity and sharing of health data currently stored away in health IT systems. But will increased API...

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...



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