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GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified several IT-related challenges at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requiring sustained management attention, including its efforts to modernize its VistA to ensure EHR interoperability...

AMA’s Madara Clarifies Remarks on Digital Snake Oil, EHR Use


In an interview following his remarks during an annual meeting of the American Medical Association, Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, has made clear that EHR use and usability are not part of what he called "digital...

IHE, HL7 Renew Deal for Interoperability, FHIR Collaboration


Health Level 7 International (HL7) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have agreed to continue their cooperation on developing interoperable health information, according to a HIMSS press release. In a joint understanding document,...

PA Health Information Exchange Continues New Member Growth


The Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network (P3N) just got a little bigger with the addition of Keystone Health Information Exchange (HIE) to its health data repository, according to a press release. KeyHIE joins several other Pennsylvania...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?


The past week has seen two expressions used recently to voice dissatisfaction with certified EHR adoption — "snake oil" and "bear trap." But those criticisms are not shared by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's...

How Health Information Exchange Policy Affects Health Data


The volume of patient data transmitted via a health information exchange doesn’t solely rely on the technical capacities of the exchange; rather, it also depends upon the policies in place that facilitate data exchange, a recent study shows....

How Does Health IT Interoperability Affect Patient Safety?


According to a recent ONC report, health IT interoperability is a major barrier to patient safety while using technology. The report, which also explores other health IT patient safety barriers, describes five ways in which interoperability is...

AMA: EHR Interoperability Part of Today’s Digital Snake Oil


Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, the group's Executive Vice President & CEO James L. Madara, MD, wasted little time in criticizing the abundance of digital health tools that have failed to prove...

VA, NATE Join Forces for Health Information Exchange Efforts


The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has joined the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), thus better facilitating health information exchange between patients and providers. According to a public statement, the agency will...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?


A group of 37 medical societies have urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to move away from using meaningful use requirements for data exchange as a means of measuring EHR interoperability as part of...

Patient-Centered Data Home Initiative to Drive Nationwide HIE


Three members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to form a patient-centered data home (PCDH) initiative, which could better facilitate interstate health information exchange (HIE), the group...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability


EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health information exchange. The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) published new data on providing insight into...

DirectTrust’s Patient-Centered HIE to Boost Patient Engagement


DirectTrust has launched the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) to better support health information exchange (HIE) between patients and their providers, says a recent press release. The program will alleviate cost and technology barriers...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable


On the national level, The Sequoia Project has made considerable headway in removing technical and legal barriers to health information exchange and data sharing, most recently with several organizations (e.g., Surescripts, Epic Systems, athenahealth)...

ONC Needs New Approach for MACRA Interoperability Standards


ONC needs to take a new approach to how it implements health data interoperability standards under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), says the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In a letter signed by AMIA president...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO


The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

PA Doctors Win Big in Health Information Exchange Contest


A group from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has won a national competition for building technologies supporting health information exchange between hospitals and public health agencies, according to a recent press release. The...

Hospitals Use EHR Interoperability to Boost Care Coordination


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


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


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...



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