Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Integration

HIT Infrastructure, Optimization Among Top CIO Concerns

by Frank Irving

Among the top current concerns of chief information officers is the build-out of health IT infrastructure needed for participation in value-based care models and population health management. Eight CIOs who participated in the 2015 Scottsdale...

Financial Challenges, MU Complexity Stunting EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Hospitals across the nation continue to make substantial progress in EHR integration and adoption, but challenges remain in a number of areas, particularly for small and rural facilities, according to new analysis of American Hospital Association...

EHR Integration Improves Assessment for COPD Patients

by Frank Irving

EHR integration into outpatient assessment workflow improved disease management in a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. In the study, recently published in the journal Respiratory Medicine,...

New Framework Examines EHR Usability Design and Testing

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) and MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a new means of evaluating user-centered design (UCD) in electronic health records systems. In a joint announcement...

Workarounds Needed to Close EHR Integration Gaps

by Frank Irving

Documentation, communication and information exchange emerged as common EHR integration challenges among primary care practices and behavioral health centers attempting to integrate care activities. Researchers tracked 11 Colorado practices over...

Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

Task-Switching Hazard Revealed in EHR Integration Study

by Frank Irving

In a newly published study of how EHR integration may affect physician workflow, researchers found a 12 percent increase in tasks performed per minute by emergency department doctors after transition from a homegrown to a commercial EHR. Study...

Spending on Electronic Health Records Exceeds Expectations

by Frank Irving

The price tag for electronic health records systems exceeds buyers’ spending expectations by 37 percent, according to a new report released by software research firm Capeterra. The final yearly tab for EHR software averages nearly $118,000,...

California Behavioral Health System Takes on EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Behavioral health clinicians and primary care physicians in Los Angeles County will be able to securely share authorized client and patient data in real time through a new EHR integration initiative. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental...

Usability Regulation Bypassed by Some ONC-Certified EHRs

by Frank Irving

A study of certification records for popular electronic health record (EHR) systems shows that more than a third of vendors failed to follow a usability testing regulation established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Most Vendors Bridged EHR Integration for 2014 Attestations

by Frank Irving

New numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) show that for the 2014 program year of meaningful use, most eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs) achieved sufficient EHR integration required for attestation....

Delays in EHR Integration Ousted Epic Installation

by Frank Irving

EHR integration didn’t go as planned for two hospitals operated by Banner Health in Tucson, Arizona. As a result, the Banner University Medical Center facilities will convert from a $115 million Epic EHR that went live in 2013 to a new...

EHR Integration Challenges of Connecting Medical Devices

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The process of upgrading medical devices in inpatient settings presents new opportunities for integrating numerous data points into hospital EHR technology as well as challenges. When Halifax Regional Medical Center undertook the task of replacing...

EHR Interoperability, Integration Focus of HIT Replacement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers still see EHR interoperability as an elusive goal as they continue the quest to revamp and replace their health IT infrastructure with integrated, streamlined systems that merge clinical documentation with revenue cycle management. ...

Will EHR Incentive Payments Help Integrate Behavioral Health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In an effort to better integrate behavioral health and primary care, a new bill proposes to make mental health providers eligible for EHR incentive payments. Introduced by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the...

CommonWell Names Asnaani First-Ever Executive Director

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The CommonWell Health Alliance recently named Jitin Asnaani as the consortium's Founding Executive Director. Asnaani was responsible for the athenahealth Technology Standards and Policy Program and served as the Watertown-based health IT...

Medical Device Interoperability Could Improve Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The overwhelming majority of nurses are frustrated by a lack of medical device interoperability in the hospital setting, finds a new survey by West Health, and believe that they could save time, reduce up to half of all patient safety errors,...

Can Middleware Succeed in Achieving EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A growing emphasis on value requires healthcare providers to coordinate care effectively and efficiently. However, a lack of EHR interoperability can easily disrupt the communication and exchange of patient data between clinicians and require...

Why EHR Interoperability Could Benefit from a SMART Approach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new collection of healthcare organizations believes it has found a smarter approaching to streamlining EHR and health IT interoperability. The Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) is taking a SMART on FHIR approach to remove the technical...


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