Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Interoperability

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

by Frank Irving

Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

Health IT Task Force Synthesizes Open API Themes

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration will reach a significant threshold when, as specified under 2015 Edition criteria, electronic health records systems and related tools must provide consumer-facing access to the Common Clinical Data Set via an application...

When Health Information Exchange Fails, Providers Often Pay

by Frank Irving

Breakdowns in health information exchange — whether through face-to-face interactions, phone conversations or transactions sourced from electronic medical records — often lead to medical errors and subsequent patient harm. In fact,...

3M to Hold and Build Health Information Systems Business

by Frank Irving

Five months after 3M announced it was considering strategic alternatives for its Health Information Systems unit, the St. Paul, Minn.-based firm has decided to retain and invest in the business. Although it doesn’t market a standalone electronic...

Researchers Propose ‘Health Information Exchange of One’

by Frank Irving

Informatics researchers say the time is right for patients to be put in charge of their personal health data, effectively creating “a health information exchange of one.” They envision data accumulating in a patient-controlled repository,...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 11-17

by Frank Irving

Topping the agenda for the upcoming week in health IT interoperability is the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, which runs Jan. 11-14 in San Francisco. More than 300 companies are scheduled to make presentations to over 4,000 investors...

Health IT Comparison Tool Task Force Hears from Providers

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force resumes its work this week as the group looks to build a tool for providers to use when assessing products needed for future health IT integration initiatives....

Medication Data in EHR Provides Basis for Tracking Adherence

by Frank Irving

Medication fill data available within electronic health records can identify primary nonadherence in clinical practice, according to results of study published online Jan. 4 by the American Journal of Managed Care. The research team from Thomas...

EHR Analysis Reveals HCV Screening Gap at Health Centers

by Frank Irving

A large-scale review of de-identified electronic health records found an alarmingly low level of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screenings based on birth year criteria at community health centers (CHCs). All patients born between 1945 and 1965, regardless...

Patients Associate Secure Email Exchange and Better Health

by Frank Irving

Secure email exchange with physicians, facilitated through a portal associated with electronic health records, holds promise for improving patient health, according to survey results released this week by Kaiser Permanente’s Division of...

OSU Wexner Medical Center Captures Second Davies Award

by Frank Irving

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is the first two-time winner of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes health IT integration that substantially improves patient outcomes while achieving...

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lauded for EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

The ongoing electronic health records deployment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) was certified this week as having achieved Stage 6 on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)....

Primary Care Study Shows Health IT Integration on the Rise

by Frank Irving

Health IT integration is a strong suit of primary care doctors in the United States, compared to other countries. However U.S. physicians trail international colleagues in areas such as managing care for chronic-disease and mentally ill patients....

Patients to Step Up Health Data Exchange Involvement in 2016

by Frank Irving

Expect greater patient access to clinical records in 2016. That’s the top predicted trend for interoperable health information exchange during the coming year, according to DirectTrust, an industry alliance for participants in the Direct...

Advocates Urge Reform, Not Delay, in MU Requirements

by Frank Irving

Reforms to improve health IT interoperability should be included in any legislative changes to the EHR meaningful use program, according to a Dec. 7 letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The letter, spearheaded by interoperability...

Getting a Handle on APIs and Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

With preliminary meetings over the past two weeks, the Health IT Policy Committee’s API Task Force has begun to uncover possible barriers to the widespread adoption of open application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. It has...

ICD-10 Systems Working as Promised, But Cause for Caution

by Frank Irving

Two months after the ICD-10 regulation officially went into effect, evidence shows that the transition went well in strictly technical terms. However, beneath the surface, there’s reason for continued vigilance about the mandated changeover’s...

Indiana Health Information Exchange Ties to St. Vincent EHR

by Frank Irving

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) has expanded the reach of its clinical results delivery service with a new connection into the electronic health records system at St. Vincent Medical Group (SVMG). IHIE announced on Dec. 1 interoperability...

Georgia Practice Enables Data Exchange via CommonWell

by Frank Irving

Greenway Health announced last week that customers of its Prime Suite integrated EHR and practice management system could use the health data exchange capabilities of the CommonWell Health Alliance at no cost. That plan is already in action at...

AMA Wants Interoperability Standards Before MU Certification

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted part of its Interim Meeting on Nov. 17 to the group’s concerted efforts to drive more interoperable electronic health records. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to adopt...


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