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DirectTrust, the Sequoia Project Grow Health Data Exchange

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DirectTrust and the Sequoia Project are celebrating growth in their recent health data exchange efforts. On Wednesday, DirectTrust announced significant and continued growth over the first quarter of 2017. The healthcare alliance created by and...

Researchers Discuss Problems, Solutions to Patient Identification

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A recent ECRI Institute presentation outlined findings regarding best practices to reduce patient matching errors. In collaboration with the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, the organization presented additional findings from its health...

VA Invests in Clinical Decision Support Tool Standardization

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In an effort to promote interoperability, efficiency, and safety of patient care, VA has chosen two vendors to improve and standardize its clinical decision support: Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence. The two vendors will...

WPI Receives $5 million for Health IT Innovation Initiative

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently launched PracticePoint, a healthcare initiative focusing on health IT innovation and development funded by a $5 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The...

Small Practices Express Concern over Effects of EHR Adoption

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A recent study to examine the effects of EHR adoption on revenue and patient encounters for small practices finds EHR adoption will likely reduce the number of patient encounters for physicians and, by extension, reduce overall practice revenue....

NextGen Healthcare, Allscripts Expand Health IT Capabilities

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NextGen Healthcare has signed a deal to acquire Entrada for more than $30 million, the EHR company announced earlier this week. According to the announcement, Entrada made a net gain of nearly 10 million in revenue in the 2016 calendar year. ...

SAFR Guidance to Aid EMS Providers in Health Data Exchange

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ONC published a guide to aid Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations in data integration to improve patient care through their Search, Alert, File, Reconcile (SAFR) model for health data exchange earlier this year. “Access to patient...

New Healthcare Interoperability Center Opens in Tennessee

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In a sizable step toward interoperability advancement, the Center for Medical Interoperability yesterday opened its headquarters in Nashville as a testing and certification laboratory devoted entirely to promoting seamless health data exchange...

Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry

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Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a Texas health information exchange, has recently received approval from by CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling reporting requirements...

HL7 Publishes Release 3 of HIT Standard FHIR for Trial Use

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Health Level 7 International (HL7) has published Release 3 of Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Trial Use (STU), the organization announced midweek. “HL7 is pleased to work on the FHIR specification with many hundreds...

Healthcare APIs Necessary for Improving Data Interoperability

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A new report by Chilmark Research on solutions for improving health data interoperability highlights the importance of open healthcare APIs. The report states dramatic health IT improvements are needed to assess and manage risks across populations...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in several...

HealthlinkNY Redefines Role of a Health Information Exchange

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HealthlinkNY, the health information exchange (HIE) in central New York, continues to cement its position as one of the leading health information networks currently in operation. A recent study used the HIE headquartered in Binghamton to measure...

NY Health Information Exchange Improves ED Quality, Efficiency

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A recent study of hospital emergency departments found that health information exchange (HIE) use significantly improves operational efficiency and quality of patient care. The study by Janakiraman et al. found physician HIE access to EHRs reduces...

Regenstrief Confirms Commitment to Health Data Standardization

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In a display of commitment to data standardization in health data exchange, The Regenstrief Foundation at Indiana University School of Medicine has established the Regenstrief-McDonald Chair in Data Standards to honor the work of Sam Regenstrief...

ONC Unveils Phase 2 Winners of Health Data Exchange Challenge

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) continued its mission of promoting true EHR interoperability through the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, the agency-backed initiative to promote the development...

EHR Data Viewing Tops List of Most Common Healthcare App Uses

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Findings from a SMART Health IT study of healthcare application trends and provider attitudes show increased app use among providers although the use cases are basic with the most common being the ability to view patient data contained in EHR...

Surescripts National Record Locator Service Continues to Grow

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Surescripts is extending its National Record Locator Service (NRLS) to include three more EHR companies to provide healthcare teams with a fuller picture of patient medical records and lessen administrative burden. Aprima Medical Software, eClinicalWorks,...

CommonWell Members to Build Healthcare APIs to Expand Service

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CommonWell Health Alliance is set to expand as its existing services with agreements from 14 new members committed to building new healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs) for the health data exchange platform. “Although there...

HIE Partnership to Improve Health Data Exchange of Imaging

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Syracuse-based regional health information organization HealtheConnections is working with HIE solution developer eHealth Technologies to facilitate exchange of medical images between healthcare providers throughout the state. The ability to...

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