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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...

Health IT Standard eDOS Enables EHR Interoperability, Savings

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Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) claim that a lesser-known health IT standard for ordering laboratory tests and services both enables...

HHS Must Continue Addressing Health Data Exchange Barriers

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A mixture of technical, regulatory, and behavioral barriers will continue to hamper health data exchange efforts within the Department of Health & Human Services through 2017, according to the Office of Inspector General. This week, the federal...

The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange

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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 Veterans Day,...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange

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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 the...

New VA Partnership for Electronic Health Information Exchange

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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 Disability Insurance...

3 Actions “Critical” to Advancing Healthcare Interoperability

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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 “critical”...

AMIA Calls for Lab Data Interoperability Standards Improvements

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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 the...

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