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EHR Interoperability Still Proving a Struggle for Providers

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While EHR technology has made significant strides in the healthcare industry over the past few years, several hurdles to true interoperability still bar providers from seamlessly exchanging data in a way that is timely, efficient, and accessible....

Value-based Care to Test Small, Rural Provider HIT in 2017

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While healthcare providers are reaping major benefits from technology such as EHR systems, the new year is also bringing significant attention to the technology-related challenges faced by smaller, rural and often more isolated, healthcare providers...

Rethinking Current Approaches to Health IT Interoperability

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With the goal of achieving a learning health system enabled by true interoperability, various healthcare organizations and companies have undertaken efforts to unlock clinical data stored in various health IT systems with mixed results. According...

Eligible Hospitals Progress in Meaningful Use Public Health

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Of the four meaningful use public health measures available for eligible hospitals to report, active reporting of electronic immunization registry and reportable laboratory results were the two most common. According to ONC, 4,043 eligible and...

OK Health Information Exchange Readies Plans to Shut Down

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One Oklahoma health information exchange is calling an end to its role facilitating information sharing. On Jan. 5, 2017, Board of Directors at Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) convened for a vote and unanimously decided to terminate the health...

Improved Health Data Exchange at Heart of UVM Epic EHR Plan

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A recent editorial by the Press Republican gets at the heart of two recent health IT developments involving the University of Vermont Medical Center — improving health data exchange. The University of Vermont Medical Center recently requested...

Impact of eHealth Exchange on Nationwide Interoperability

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Leveraging existing health IT infrastructure is an integral element of the federal plan for achieving nationwide interoperability and successfully implementing a learning health system. The eHealth Exchange is a prime example of this idea in...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Improve Data Sharing

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New partnerships between health plan organizations and health data exchanges are paving the way for nationwide interoperability with some networks beginning that work at a more local level. In Los Angeles County, health plan LA Care Health Plan...

CO Health Insurance Exchange Struggled in Establishment Grants

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Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange instituted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts, received three establishment grants collectively amounting to 183.7 million on December 31, 2014, according...

Hospital Leaders Unsure of Health IT Growth, Long Term Strategy

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Political and financial dissonance leaves hospital leaders unsure about the future of health IT growth, according to recent survey. Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book, said 90 percent of hospital leaders surveyed believe political uncertainty...

Recent Study Shows Learning Health Systems Use EHR Efficiently

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Learning health systems use EHRs to support research and personalized treatments based on data from patients with similar conditions and risk factors. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the “Learn from Every Patient”...

California, Pennsylvania HIEs Make Health Data Exchange News

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The year is winding down, but HIEs on both coasts have struck important partnerships to bolster their health data exchange operations. Last week, the California Integration Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that the largest healthcare provider...

Epic EHR Interoperability Atop 2016 Health IT Headlines

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Healthcare interoperability took many important steps forward in 2016, the most significant perhaps being a recent development that saw Carequality and Common CommonWell Health Alliance have reached an agreement to make several their capabilities...

Lack of Health Data Exchange, Access Frustrating Patients

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The health information network surveyed more than 1,000 adults in June as part of the 2016 Connected Care and Patient Experience report and the findings point overwhelmingly to patient dissatisfaction with how electronic health information is...

ONC Celebrates FHIR-Powered Interoperability Demonstrations

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The Connected Health Conference at National Harbor in Maryland was the site of a recent demonstration of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and its ability to enable health data liquidity. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Carequality, CommonWell Reach Health Data Exchange Agreement

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The two initiatives working to advance health IT interoperability through standardized health data exchange have signed an important agreement to expand the reach of each of their respective networks. The agreement includes three important provisions....

Using APIs in Healthcare to Make Patient Data Actionable

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In a recent post on The Commonwealth Fund’s To the Point, subject-matter experts — including the foundation’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Research Eric Schneider, MD, MSc, and former US Chief Technology Officer...

DoD Makes Important Health Information Exchange Move in WA

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In advance of the rollout of its new enterprise EHR platform nationwide, the Department of Defense has entered into a partnership with Medical Information Network – North Sound (MIN-NS) to develop a health information exchange portal for...

DirectTrust Eclipses Health Information Exchange Milestone

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DirectTrust announced midweek that its directory service has reached “critical mass” with more than 500,000 entries. The entries range from Direct addresses (necessary for Direct health information exchange) and provider physician...

VA Completes Another Health Information Exchange Connection

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The Department of Veterans Affairs continues extending the reach of its health data in its most recent connection to New Hampshire’s statewide health information exchange. Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization...

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