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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...

CHIME Urges FDA to Advance Medical Device Interoperability

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Healthcare providers need more assurance that medical devices and EHR systems are truly interoperable, wrote the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in a letter to Robert M. Califf, MD, Food and Drug Administration...

Practice Fusions Adds Name to EHR Interoperability Pledge

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Practice Fusion, a company that developed a cloud-based EHR system, has signed the interoperability pledge sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a press release on its website. The EHR interoperability pledge...

AMA Partners with IDEA Labs to Promote Health IT Innovation

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced on its official website that it has partnered with IDEA labs to support health IT innovation and other medical technology developments from student entrepreneurs. IDEA labs is a biotechnology...

Maine Introduces E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances

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Earlier this week, Maine enacted a bill that will require healthcare providers to electronically prescribe opioids, according to an official statement from the Office of Governor Robert R. LePage. The reform bill will require all prescribers...

ONC’s Role in MACRA Implementation Becoming More Defined

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Implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requires eligible providers to meet requirements for either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that both of which require...

Lack of Behavioral Health Data Threatens Physician EHR Use

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How effective can physician EHR use prove without including non-primary care patient health data, especially behavioral health information? That is one of several questions raised by researchers in a recent study in the Journal of the American...

Interoperability Under MACRA Must Provide Standard HIE Tools

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National interoperability frameworks are necessary before providers can fully improve electronic health information exchange (HIE) in support of federal regulations, including the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

How Business Decisions Challenge EHR Integration Efforts?

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Over the past year, federal officials have grown increasingly interested the ability for healthcare organizations and providers to share information through the use of interoperable EHR technology, which has raised the need for EHR integration....

How the Timeline for MACRA Impacts EHR Interoperability

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An aggressive timeline for advancing value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) could have negative consequences for advancing EHR interoperability. Late last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for...

ONC Seeks Input on Measuring Interoperability under MACRA

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In a request for information to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information is taking the first steps toward defining EHR interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization...

HELP Committee Passes Bills Supporting 21st Century Cures Act

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To further support the 21st Century Cures Act, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) has recently passed the last of 19 bipartisan bills, including provisions that aim to promote EHR use and interoperability. The...

Senate HELP Committee to Hone EHR Use, Interoperability Laws

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On April 6, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) will meet in the third and final executive session to mark up five bipartisan biomedical innovation bills that advance interoperability, EHR use, and health information...

Interoperability, EHR Use Among Hottest Health IT Topics

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When keeping up with EHR and health IT news, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of hot-button topics. From different emerging federal incentive programs to new thoughts on how EHR data can or should be used, there is always something...

Missouri Lawmakers Consider Health Information Exchange Bills

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Missouri lawmakers are working to enact new legislation expanding the state's regulatory authority over health information exchange. Two bills were recently introduced in the Missouri Senate (SB 363) and House of Representatives (HB 1579)...

Moving Beyond Healthcare Interoperability as a Buzzword

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Despite gaining notoriety as a 2015 most buzzed-about word, “interoperability” stands in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Interoperability Roadmap as the ultimate challenge to be met nationwide by 2024. As provider organizations...

S4S Pilot to Enable Patient Access to Health Information

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) are moving forward with a joint pilot program to enable patient access to health information through the use of application...

4 Barriers Limiting EHR Use, Health Information Exchange

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Despite increases in physician EHR use over the past few years, four major barriers remain in the way of future advancements in health IT adoption. This is one of several takeaways from a recent report to Congress by the Office of the National...

How Do Different Health Industry Experts View Data Blocking?

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As the healthcare industry continues to put high priority on interoperability, it’s becoming clear that data blocking needs to end. Health data experts are making stands against the practice, as made evident in the Office of the National...

Epic Systems, Medicity Lead in Health Information Exchange

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Healthcare organizations and providers using either Epic Systems or Medicity have confidence in these vendors to resolve interoperability challenges through their health information exchange services over the next few years, according to a recent...

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