Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Interoperability

Reexamining the Progress of Health Data, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to adopt more sophisticated forms of information technology tools, providers and policymakers are seeing a need for better health IT interoperability to be able to exchange health data seamlessly and...

VA EHR Interoperability Still Lagging, Senate Hearing Finds

by Sara Heath

Despite recent advances in EHR interoperability, the Department of Veterans Affairs is still not far enough along in its EHR modernization efforts. In a Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing, Senate...

DoD Health Systems Connected to OK Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO) has become the first health information exchange to connect with the Department of Defense, putting the department one step closer to full health data interoperability. According to a press release, subscribers...

DirectTrust: Add More HIE, Interoperability Measures to MACRA

by Sara Heath

DirectTrust has thrown its hat into the ring, adding to the discussion of interoperability measures under the MACRA legislation. In a letter written to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), DirectTrust...

ONC Needs to Expand Scope of MACRA Interoperability Measures

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) answered the ONC’s request for information on interoperability measures and definitions under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, saying that the agency must explore more standards by which...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

by Sara Heath

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

Clinical Trial Success Relies on Health Data Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health data interoperability may be the key to enhancing clinical trials, says the Food and Drug Administration. In its recent draft guide Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations, the FDA discussed the potential EHR data...

Healthcare Pros Focus on Patient-Centered Interoperability

by Sara Heath

Health information exchange and interoperability will play significant roles in boosting patient-centered care, say speakers at the 13th Annual World Health Care Conference, a press release explains. In a pre-conference workshop, “The Demand...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

CEO Judy Faulkner Airs Epic’s Views on EHR Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR interoperability is one of the most challenging issues facing the modern healthcare industry, but Epic Systems Founder and CEO Judy Faulkner thinks her company – and her rivals – are making short work of lingering technical problems...

HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

eClinicalWorks Gears Up for Acute Care EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Will cloud-based electronic health records technology take hold in the hospital market as it has among ambulatory providers? eClinicalWorks, which currently counts more than 115,000 physicians using its ambulatory EHR, is preparing to find out....

Post-Acute Health Information Exchange Services On the Way

by Frank Irving

CommonWell Health Alliance will begin offering its health information exchange services for post-acute facilities in the first quarter of 2016, the not-for-profit trade association announced on Feb. 24. Three health IT vendors — Brightree,...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

by Frank Irving

Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

by Frank Irving

Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Mining Electronic Health Records Refines Diabetes Diagnoses

by Frank Irving

UCLA researchers successfully predicted patients’ type two diabetes mellitus (DM2) using an algorithm based on information extracted from de-identified electronic health records. The EHR phenotyping outperformed conventional screening methods,...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

by Frank Irving

Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS offers...

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