Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

EHR Interoperability

How Health IT Integration Can Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

An estimated 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error, according to a report published Sept. 23 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Such errors account for up to 17 percent of adverse errors in...

Meaningful Use Requirements Turn to Delivery System Reform

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revamped meaningful use requirements for eligible hospitals and providers on Oct. 6 by releasing the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency said the new rule eliminates unnecessary...

Consumers Ramp Up Access of Electronic Health Records

by Frank Irving

National estimates of consumer activity in regard to information contained in electronic health records show increases in both access to and active use of medical records in 2014. A recent data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator...

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,...

Mobile Device Integration Vital to Mainstream App Acceptance

by Frank Irving

A variety of metrics show growing acceptance of and appreciation for mHealth apps, but a major barrier to further progress is mobile device integration with EHR systems so that data can more readily be used to improve clinical decision making...

Meaningful Use Requirements Won’t Ensure Interoperability

by Frank Irving

It will take more than adherence to EHR meaningful use requirements to achieve widespread interoperability in the U.S. healthcare system over the next several years, according to testimony presented at a Senate committee hearing on Sept. 16....

ASCO Calls Out EHR Interoperability as Barrier to CancerLinQ

by Frank Irving

An evolving health IT platform that leverages big data analytics to help oncologists deliver higher quality care to cancer patients will need to skirt current barriers in EHR interoperability. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)...

How Health Data Infrastructure Factors into Fee Schedule Policies

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has weighed in on proposed revisions to payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year 2016. The recommendations relate to several health data infrastructure issues...

Doctors Say Clinical Visit Notes Too Complex

by Frank Irving

Clinical progress notes assembled by EHR systems need to be reengineered so that they match the workflow and information needs of physicians, according to researchers from the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community...

Greenway, eHealth Exchange Lead HIE Project in Oregon

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nationwide eHealth Exchange is connecting patient data across EHR vendor lines with a pioneering large-scale HIE project in Portland, Oregon.  Greenway Health has partnered with Premise Health, Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, and...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to NW Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance is making good on its promises to provide health data interoperability capabilities to providers across the nation.  Five healthcare organizations in the Pacific Northwest have inked agreements to use CommonWell’s...

ONC Says EHR Interoperability, HIE Reaches 40% of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Four in ten hospitals in the United States can now engage in some degree of meaningful health information exchange, according to the newest issue brief from the Office of the National Coordinator.  These hospitals can access electronic data...

Lack of Direction Puts DOD-VA EHR Interoperability in Jeopardy

by Jennifer Bresnick

A $9 billion contract to modernize the Department of Defense’s (DOD) health IT infrastructure may not help the Pentagon get its healthcare woes under control unless the project is coupled with stronger oversight of its EHR interoperability...

How Can a National Patient Identifier Improve Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

In a healthcare system that is growing more complex through the use of coordinated care, health information exchange (HIE) is becoming increasingly important because various members of a care team need easy access to a patient’s medical...

NQF: EHR Interoperability is Central to Quality Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Increasing the availability of big data by strengthening the nation’s EHR interoperability capabilities is an essential first step towards improving quality and patient outcomes, says the National Quality Forum in a new white paper. ...

Are Specialists Gaining More EHR Interoperability Options?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Conversations about EHR adoption and interoperability are often geared towards two major groups: primary care providers and hospitals.  These organizations often function as the collection and distribution hubs for healthcare data, and their...

NHHIO Receives ONC Grant for HIE, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On August 4, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) announced it has been accepted as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Contributor for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

EHR Usability, Functionality Top Concerns for Half of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community hospitals continue to struggle to get their electronic health records to work and communicate the way they need them to, according to a new report from peer60, with EHR usability, limited functionality, and poor interoperability driving...

NATE and MaRS Partner on Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and MaRS Discovery District, located in Washington, DC, and Toronto, respectively, announced partnership to improve access to and use of healthcare data by patients. These improvements, according...

DirectTrust CEO Asks Congress to End Information Blocking

by Sara Heath

According to a press release, David C. Kibbe, CEO and President of DirectTrust, called for Congress to take the necessary steps to overcome issues of impeded authorized health data sharing, otherwise known as “information blocking.”...

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