October 20, 2016 - A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Health Information Exchange Texas (HIETexas) became connected partners through the eHealth Exchange, the nationwide health information network run by The Sequoia...
October 18, 2016 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized a rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to authorize the federal agency to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT. "More transparency and accountability in health IT is good for consumers, physicians, and hospitals,” National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM,...
October 12, 2016 - The two companies with contentious history around health data exchange are again engaged in argument over Epic's role in supporting information sharing. Last week, Epic Systems issued corrections to a recent interview athenahealth CEO & President Jonathan Bush gave to MedCity News in which he made several pointed remarks about Epic's role in holding back health data exchange. The...
October 10, 2016 - Improving healthcare interoperability will require innovators to move providers beyond their dissatisfaction with early EHR and health IT systems and adopt integrative technologies capable of improving care coordination, delivery, and cost. According to most recent federal data, 97 percent of hospitals and 75 percent of office-based physicians use certified EHR technology. Despite of these...
Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather than having to hardwire a new appliance to the power source,...
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