Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Interoperability

Fast Health Interoperability Resource Burns Brightly

by Frank Irving

Early adopters of HL7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) draft standard are forging ahead with projects designed to deliver real value to healthcare organizations, EHR vendors and patients. As more examples surface across the...

Apps Stumble with Patient-Generated Health Data Burdens

by Frank Irving

A new study looking at health app use among U.S mobile phone users shows a solid base of people willing to download health-related apps. However, patient-generated health data hasn’t yet become an evergreen asset because almost half of...

The ‘Heart’ of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Among Stage 3 meaningful use requirements, the final grouping of three objectives stand out as “the heart and soul of what we think of as interoperability,” according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the Quality Measurement and...

Medical Groups Urge Repair of EHR Incentive Programs

by Frank Irving

In letters sent Nov. 2 to the respective leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, more than 100 physician associations called for Congress to “refocus” the federal EHR Incentive Programs “on the goal of achieving a truly interoperable...

Med Students Take Deep Dive into Clinical Data Repository

by Frank Irving

Students at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine are getting direct exposure to clinical informatics as a standard part of their curriculum. The future doctors are required to complete a “Health Care by the Numbers” project,...

Healthcare Interoperability: Patients Prefer Portals

by Frank Irving

When it comes to delivery of medical test results, patients are comfortable enough with healthcare interoperability to prefer password-protected websites or portals over more traditional means of notification such as letters, voice mail and email....

Health Systems Go Heavy on IT Infrastructure Investment

by Frank Irving

As health systems position themselves for operation under alternative payment models, they’re increasing investments in health IT infrastructure, according to Premier’s Economic Outlook survey for fall 2015, released on Oct. 29. Overall,...

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...

Error Report Signals Need for Decision Support Integration

by Frank Irving

A study of more than 275 operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) revealed that nearly half included at least one medication error or adverse drug event. With the scope of the problem now known, researchers said the hospital would explore...

Vendors Pledge Collaboration on EHR Interoperability Metric

by Frank Irving

EHR interoperability often evades precise definition, but a new effort aims to put in place transparent measures of health information exchange and reporting on progress toward achieving it. A group of 12 EHR vendors who attended the...

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...

Details Coming on Electronic Health Records Certification

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which establishes certification requirements for electronic health records technology in conjunction with the federal meaningful use program, has given a glimpse of how it intends to...

Health IT Interoperability Shines in CHIME Innovation Award

by Frank Irving

Health IT interoperability is front-and-center for Hackensack University Medical Center, whose CIO, Shafiq Rab, MD, was named Innovator of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Oct. 15. Rab accepted...

Population Analytics Growing into Health IT Integration Role

by Frank Irving

Population health management deployments are still in their “infancy,” according to industry analyst firm Chillmark Research, as organizations grapple with evolving reimbursement models and vendors vie to ramp up their solutions....

Cognitive Computing Takes on Healthcare Interoperability

by Frank Irving

IBM officially sealed its $1 billion acquisition of medical imaging firm Merge Healthcare on Oct. 13, opening up new terrain in healthcare interoperability for the parent company’s Watson Health business unit. Merge’s platforms for...

Projected Lab Growth to Impact Health Data Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Clinical laboratories are expected to play a larger role in the health data infrastructure of hospitals in their ongoing push to reduce length of stays. In a global market for lab services projected to reach $102 billion by the end of this year,...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 12-18

by Frank Irving

EHR developer Cerner’s annual Health Conference kicks off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a theme of “Connecting What Matters.” Highlighting the flow of — and access to — information, the event...

Cerner Hopes to Boost EHR Interoperability with FHIR Release

by Frank Irving

Envisioning third-party developers enhancing electronic health record interoperability within an open platform, Cerner is putting HL7’s FHIR standard into production in its Millennium EHR system. Kansas City-based Cerner reported on Oct....

AHA Calls Out Shortcomings in EHR Interoperability

by Frank Irving

Hospitals spent an estimated $47 billion annually on health information technology between 2010 and 2013, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). However, they are not getting a good return on investment, especially in regard to...

Star Ratings Proposed for Electronic Health Records

by Frank Irving

A new bill proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) would lend customer-facing support to healthcare organizations selecting an electronic health records system. A health information technology rating program is...


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