Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Interoperability

ONC: EHR Satisfaction, Interoperability Vital for Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the enormous potential of healthcare technology to improve quality and bring big data into the process of providing coordinated and effective care, EHRs and other health IT infrastructure has been flagged as a potential risk for patient...

Providers Still Facing Health Information Exchange Barriers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A survey of healthcare providers in six states highlights a multitude of technical, financial, and regulatory challenges affecting their ability to participate in health information exchange. Incentives tied to meeting meaningful use requirements...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

What Does Open Mean in the Context of EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A learning health system is not possible without conformance to five EHR interoperability use cases by healthcare providers and health IT developers, claims the authors of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...

Mass. Grant Program to Incent Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new grant program looks to incentivize health information exchange for the purpose of improving care coordination in Massachusetts. Last week, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), launched the Connected Communities Implementation...

Do EHR Interoperability Requirements Raise Security Risks?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A nationwide patient advocacy group is of the opinion that EHR interoperability requirements will pave the way for protected health information to be hacked. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is calling on Congress to halt moving...

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. ...

AHA Seeks Finalization of EHR Meaningful Use Modifications

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On the heels of calling for changes to proposed 2015 Edition health IT certification requirements, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking another federal agency to move more swiftly in finalizing modifications to the EHR Incentive...

AMIA Offers Strategy for EHR Interoperability, Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of the recommendations made by a group convened by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) relating to the current status and future direction of EHR technology, three have implications for EHR interoperability and data exchange....

How to Map Epic EHR Lab Orders to Reference Laboratories

by Charlie Francen of CTG Solutions

As Epic Community Connect continues to expand, more physician offices loosely affiliated with multi-hospital systems are expected to begin participating in the shared electronic record system. These physician offices may send patients or specimens...

Health Information Exchange Advances in Texas, Georgia

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The future of some health information exchanges are in doubt, but health data exchange continues to make inroads in Georgia and Texas following two recent announcements by the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Greater Houston Healthconnect....

Doctors Debate Costs of Minn. EHR Interoperability Mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate still consider two bills to repeal the 2015 EHR interoperability mandate, members of the Minnesotan provider community continue to debate the implications of the requirement on patient care....

How Do Data Exchange Standards of Meaningful Use Differ?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The exchange of patient summaries is a central requirement of the EHR Incentive Programs, but prior to the publication of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements multiple standards were available for use. Those two were the continuity of care...

SGR Bill and Interoperability Requirements Move to Senate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and with it recommendations for achieving widespread EHR interoperability. The proposed bill aims to repeal...

Renewed Interest in Joint iEHR for DoD-VA Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Congress will again consider proposed legislation with the purpose of streamlining the exchange of health information between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. On March 23, Representative David Roe (R-TN) reintroduced the Integrated...

Proposed HHS Rules Take Aim at Nationwide Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are instrumental to achieving nationwide interoperability, according to the Department...

SGR Repeal Aims to Require Widespread EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest attempt to address the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments to providers also includes requirements for achieving widespread EHR interoperability in less than three years. Introduced by Representative...

Congress Includes EHR Interoperability Warning in SGR Fix Bill

by Jennifer Bresnick

Congress is taking a very hard look at EHR interoperability this spring by proposing several significant changes to the way the healthcare industry approaches the sharing of information between health IT systems.  In addition to a discussion...

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of health...

Why Epic Systems Isn’t Part of CommonWell for Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Besides making public the cost of enabling interoperability and data exchange charged by Epic Systems, this week's hearing on EHR and health IT adoption held by Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions also revealed the reasons...

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