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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...

How Health IT Interoperability Is Driving Healthcare M&A

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Health IT interoperability is the aim of current healthcare IT mergers and acquisitions, but that wasn’t always the case. Megamergers have abruptly given way to middle-market acquisitions. While this shift is undoubtedly good news for aspiring...

NATE, CommonWell Partner to Promote Data Interoperability

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Major industry leaders, the CommonWell Health Alliance and the National Association for Trusted Exchange, have partnered to boost health data interoperability, according to a public announcement. Both organizations have signed a pledge to join...

Moving from EHR Fragmentation to EHR Optimization in Miss.

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Memorial Hospital of Gulfport currently finds itself in the position of improving inefficiencies in its EHR use following years of health IT maturation at the Mississippi health facility. The EHR optimization process represents a marked departure...

CHIME Urges FDA to Advance Medical Device Interoperability

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Healthcare providers need more assurance that medical devices and EHR systems are truly interoperable, wrote the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in a letter to Robert M. Califf, MD, Food and Drug Administration...

SHIN-NY HIE Successfully Implements Patient Record Lookup

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SHIN-NY, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York, has released its first-ever newsletter update, detailing its progress with the HIE’s patient record lookup projects. According to Patrick Roohan, the author of the newsletter...

Is Nashville the Center of Health Data Interoperability?

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If technology works so seamlessly and comprehensively in most walks of life, why isn’t health data interoperability stronger? That is one of the main questions on most healthcare professionals’ minds, as well as the talking point...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

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Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

AMA Partners with IDEA Labs to Promote Health IT Innovation

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced on its official website that it has partnered with IDEA labs to support health IT innovation and other medical technology developments from student entrepreneurs. IDEA labs is a biotechnology...

Maine HIE Adds Practices to Massive Health Information Exchange

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HealthInfoNet, a Maine-based health information exchange, has recently added several healthcare practices to its data repository, helping to expand care coordination across the state. According to a public statement from HealthInfoNet, these...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

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Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all prescribers...

ONC’s Role in MACRA Implementation Becoming More Defined

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Implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires eligible providers to meet requirements for either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that both of which require...

Texas Health Information Exchange Receives EHNAC Accreditation

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A Texas health information exchange has received accreditation from the Texas Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (TX-HIEAP), recognizing its exemplary handling of PHI when exchanging health data across disparate technologies. The...

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