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ONC Report Highlights Need for Health IT Interoperability Push

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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 Congress....

HIMSS, AHA Seek Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

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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 state...

NWU Project for Patient-Reported Outcomes, EHR Integration

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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 Advancing...

EHR Vendors Operationalize Carequality Interoperability Plan

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Epic Systems, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, and other major EHR vendors are among some of the recent adopters of the Carequality Interoperability Framework to go live with the information sharing resource, fostering better transmission of health...

Do EHR Vendors Influence User’s Health Information Exchange?

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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...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA

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Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

VA Shares Vision for EHR Interoperability, Modernization

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Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, hinted at the possibility of a commercial EHR replacement in the federal agency's future plans for upgrading and building out its health IT infrastructure in a...

GAO: Lack of Goals Challenge EHR Interoperability at VA

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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

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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...

Do Criticisms of Certified EHR Adoption Miss the Point?

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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...

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

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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...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?

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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...

EHR Integration a Challenge for Hospital Interoperability

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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...

Making Health IT Interoperability More Concrete, Actionable

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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)...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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