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The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange


The Sequoia Project’s recent health IT partnership with the Social Services Administration (SSA) and Department of Veteran Affairs is the latest of series of achievements for health data exchange over the year. To commemorate...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange


Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange


The Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration (SSA), and The Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange have partnered to exchange electronic health information for veterans looking to apply for Social Security...

3 Actions “Critical” to Advancing Healthcare Interoperability


In reporting its latest work to enable increased health IT use to lead to improved health data exchange interoperability to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified...

AMIA Calls for Lab Data Interoperability Standards Improvements


To advance lab data interoperability, the American Medical Informatics Association says the industry needs agreement on health IT standards and advanced programming interfaces (APIs) such as FHIR. In address at a multi-agency workshop at...

ONC Report Highlights Need for Health IT Interoperability Push


While the healthcare industry has a strong health IT presence with high EHR adoption levels, the ONC still has work to do to improve health data interoperability, according to the federal agency’s most recent annual report to...

Only One-Third of Docs Using Robust Health Data Exchange


The division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a data brief on variation in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. According to its authors, approximately one-third of office-based...

ONC Contest Moves API-Enabled Health Data Exchange Forward


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revealed the Phase 1 winners of  Move Health Data Forward Challenge. In the first phase of the challenge, organizations were asked to submit proposals...

Carequality, AMA Singly Advance Health IT Interoperability


Last week, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was in St. Louis to witness firsthand the kind of EHR interoperability made possible through the Carequality Interoperability Framework. Since...

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality


Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in...

HIMSS, AHA Seek Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory


The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) have both submitted comments on the ONC 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory. In a comment letter, HIMSS leadership...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct


In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of...

NWU Project for Patient-Reported Outcomes, EHR Integration


A consortium of university hospitals led by Northwestern University has received a $6.3 million grant for patient-reported outcomes and EHR integration, according to a recent press release. The grant, awarded by the National Center for...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity


On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing


A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS


One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment...

Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability


Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT...

athenahealth, Epic Systems Trade Health Data Exchange Barbs


The two companies with contentious history around health data exchange are again engaged in argument over Epic's role in supporting information sharing. Last week, Epic Systems issued corrections to a recent interview athenahealth CEO...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill


Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT


Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in...



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