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Maine HIE Adds Practices to Massive Health Information Exchange


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


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


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


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...

Lack of Behavioral Health Data Threatens Physician EHR Use


How effective can physician EHR use prove without including non-primary care patient health data, especially behavioral health information? That is one of several questions raised by researchers in a recent study in the Journal of the American...

Healthcare Pros Focus on Patient-Centered Interoperability


Health information exchange and interoperability will play significant roles in boosting patient-centered care, say speakers at the 13th Annual World Health Care Conference, a press release explains. In a pre-conference workshop, “The Demand...

EHNAC, Cooperative Exchange Partner for HIE Security


EHR interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) security accreditation just got easier. According to a recent press release, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has partnered with Cooperative Exchange...

Interoperability Under MACRA Must Provide Standard HIE Tools


National interoperability frameworks are necessary before providers can fully improve electronic health information exchange (HIE) in support of federal regulations, including the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

How Business Decisions Challenge EHR Integration Efforts?


Over the past year, federal officials have grown increasingly interested the ability for healthcare organizations and providers to share information through the use of interoperable EHR technology, which has raised the need for EHR integration....

How the Timeline for MACRA Impacts EHR Interoperability


An aggressive timeline for advancing value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) could have negative consequences for advancing EHR interoperability. Late last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?


A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

ONC Seeks Input on Measuring Interoperability under MACRA


In a request for information to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information is taking the first steps toward defining EHR interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization...

HELP Committee Passes Bills Supporting 21st Century Cures Act


To further support the 21st Century Cures Act, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has recently passed the last of 19 bipartisan bills, including provisions that aim to promote EHR use and interoperability. The...

Senate HELP Committee to Hone EHR Use, Interoperability Laws


On April 6, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) will meet in the third and final executive session to mark up five bipartisan biomedical innovation bills that advance interoperability, EHR use, and health information...

PA Health Information Exchange Adds New Member HIOs


Pennsylvania’s state health information exchange (HIE) has added a member health information organization (HIO), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), according to a public statement. MNX joins several other health information organizations in...

Interoperability, EHR Use Among Hottest Health IT Topics


When keeping up with EHR and health IT news, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of hot-button topics. From different emerging federal incentive programs to new thoughts on how EHR data can or should be used, there is always something...

Missouri Lawmakers Consider Health Information Exchange Bills


Missouri lawmakers are working to enact new legislation expanding the state's regulatory authority over health information exchange. Two bills were recently introduced in the Missouri Senate (SB 363) and House of Representatives (HB 1579)...

How is the Industry Lobbying for a National Patient Identifier?


A national patient identifier would not only improve patient safety by reducing errors, but would allow for better interoperability and health data exchange, several industry professionals claim. By standardizing the way in which digital health...

Moving Beyond Healthcare Interoperability as a Buzzword


Despite gaining notoriety as a 2015 most buzzed-about word, “interoperability” stands in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Interoperability Roadmap as the ultimate challenge to be met nationwide by 2024. As provider organizations...

S4S Pilot to Enable Patient Access to Health Information


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) are moving forward with a joint pilot program to enable patient access to health information through the use of application...



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