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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...

Only One-Third of Docs Using Robust Health Data Exchange

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The division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a data brief on variation in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. According to its authors, approximately one-third of office-based physicians...

ONC Contest Moves API-Enabled Health Data Exchange Forward

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revealed the Phase 1 winners of  Move Health Data Forward Challenge. In the first phase of the challenge, organizations were asked to submit proposals on...

Ensuring Health Data Exchange Complies with HIPAA, FTC Act

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have teamed up to help educate healthcare organizations about two laws regulating health data exchange — the FTC Act and HIPAA. While most healthcare organizations...

Carequality, AMA Singly Advance Health IT Interoperability

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Last week, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was in St. Louis to witness firsthand the kind of EHR interoperability made possible through the Carequality Interoperability Framework. Since the...

HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas

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Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the National...

EHR Interoperability Helps, Hinders Immunization Data Quality

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Two researchers from the North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Disease Control recently published their findings on the impact of EHR interoperability on data quality in the state’s immunization information system in Online...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

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In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of the 2016...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity

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On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific about...

Addressing HIPAA as an Obstacle to Health Data Exchange

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In a recent keynote address, National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, addressed how a law to safeguard health data security and privacy is having an unintended negative impact on health data exchange. “I hear confusion about HIPAA...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing

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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...

ONC to Directly Review Certified EHR Technology, Health IT

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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...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS

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One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment Program —...

Most Providers Still Lacking Effective EHR Interoperability

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Effective EHR interoperability still eludes most healthcare providers, according to the 2016 KLAS Interoperability Report. Using an interoperability measurement tool developed in conjunction with healthcare providers and health IT vendors, KLAS...

athenahealth, Epic Systems Trade Health Data Exchange Barbs

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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 &...

Making Innovation Work For EHR Integration, Interoperability

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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...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

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Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

Audit Questions Health Information Exchange Oversight in VT

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Officials at the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) tasked with overseeing the development of a statewide health information exchange have drawn criticism from the state's auditor for their oversight of millions of dollars in grants...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?

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Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

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A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

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