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Health Information Exchange in Michigan Extends Services


The largest health information exchange in Michigan has reached an agreement that will enable more providers to access relevant patient health data across the care continuum. Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids has signed on with Great...

HELP Committee Works to Support 21st Century Cures Act


Efforts to advance interoperability and health information exchange received a shot in the arm Wednesday when the Senate Health Committee marked up seven bills in support of the 21st Century Cures Act that drew widespread support in the House...

Recapping Important HIMSS 2016 EHR Interoperability News


Health IT, EHRs, and interoperability were major topics at the HIMSS 2016 Conference last week in Las Vegas, Nev. Between near industry-wide pledges of commitment to healthcare interoperability to the introduction of contests to develop better...

HHS Interoperability Pledge Gains Major Support at HIMSS 2016


Yesterday at the Healthcare Informatics Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 conference, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced an industry-wide pledge to improve interoperability across all EHRs...

DirectTrust Joins Federal Health Agencies for Interoperability


DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) have joined teams to create better health information exchange and interoperability between private and public sector health entities. In a press release late last week, DirectTrust explained...

PCORI to Boost Interoperability, Data Sharing in New EHR Project


Several data sharing and EHR interoperability projects came to the forefront yesterday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit, including one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The organization announced that it...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to Post-Acute Care


The CommonWell Alliance, a private sector health IT interoperability coalition, has expanded its services to post-acute care EHR systems. Members of these new services include Cerner Corporation, McKesson, and Brightree. This expansion will help...

ONC Promotes Health IT Interoperability with New Tech Lab


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is ramping up its efforts to drive nationwide interoperability through a new project, the ONC Tech Lab. In a blog post earlier this week, ONC’s Director of the Office of Standards...

How Interoperability, Care Coordination Work to Improve ACOs


Interoperability has come to the forefront of health IT conversation, particularly as the industry emphasizes patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, and care coordination. All of these concepts have become a cornerstone of the healthcare...

More Voices Added to the National Dialogue on Interoperability


The Healthcare Leadership Council has identified areas where public policy and private organizations can advance improvements in healthcare delivery, an important component being interoperability. The National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation...

How SMART on FHIR Grew Vendor Support for Interoperable HIT Apps


Kenneth Mandl, MD, and Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, both big players in creating SMART on FHIR, a major interoperability project, have recently recounted key details to the project and its successes in a paper published in the Journal of the American...

Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange Continues Growth


Push and query are putting the squeeze on DIRECT as the preferred method for health information exchanges among health information organizations in Pennsylvania, according to PA eHealth Partnership Authority. The annual report on health information...

ONC 2017 Budget Focuses on EHR Interoperability, Transparency


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has received a $22 million increase for its 2017 budget, helping the agency improve the nation’s health IT infrastructure and EHR interoperability. According to the budget plans...

Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers


Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the...

AHA Calls for Data Blocking Clarification on Senate HELP Bill


The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) needs to clarify and revise provisions regarding data blocking on its recent patient-centered EHR use draft bill, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a...

Hospital Health Information Exchange by the Numbers


While advancing interoperability is the aim of several current federal health IT initiatives, health information exchange is already occurring. The mechanisms for exchanging health data exchange differ as to their output and usability, but they...

Where is Health Information Exchange, Health IT Headed?


At the end of last year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced its goal of achieving nationwide health information exchange (HIE) by the end of this year. At a Bipartisan Policy Center event on interoperability...

Tracking Progress of 5 Major EHR Interoperability Initiatives


As the industry pushes toward better EHR interoperability, several different projects have emerged. Between privately-funded projects aimed at increasing data exchange and government initiatives using interoperability to achieve a larger end,...

Will Carequality Lead EHR Vendors to EHR Interoperability?


The Sequoia Project and Carequality have taken significant steps forward in advancing EHR interoperability by brokering agreements with several health IT vendors to implement its framework for point-to-point health information exchange. Five...

Indiana Health Information Exchange Expands Across State Lines


The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has expanded across state lines, providing interoperable EHR information to a hospital in Ohio, according to an IHIE press release. The Health Collaborative, an extension of IHIE which fosters interoperability...



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