Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Electronic Health Records

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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

by Frank Irving

A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

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...

Health IT Integration Challenges for Genomic Medicine

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced earlier this week the formation of a dedicated subgroup to explore what will be required to support the rapidly advancing field of genomics in terms of infrastructure, workflows and...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 5-11

by Frank Irving

Proposed legislation on electronic health records highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. Senators Bill Cassidy and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce their new EHR bill on Oct. 6. During last week’s Senate HELP Committee...

Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

10 Provisions Up for Discussion in MIPS Regulation

by Frank Irving

A request for information (RFI) to be published in the Federal Register on Oct. 1 seeks public and stakeholder comment on implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The RFI...

Health Information Exchange Data Predicts Utilization

by Frank Irving

A predictive model developed by researchers accurately estimated risk of resource utilization by using de-identified EHR-based data derived from a state health information exchange. Study results indicate an approach for developing clinical forecasting...

Task-Switching Hazard Revealed in EHR Integration Study

by Frank Irving

In a newly published study of how EHR integration may affect physician workflow, researchers found a 12 percent increase in tasks performed per minute by emergency department doctors after transition from a homegrown to a commercial EHR. Study...

5 Health Data Infrastructure Hurdles for Precision Medicine

by Frank Irving

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hopes to enroll 1 million volunteers in a Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) study over the next three to four years. In order reach its goals for maximizing effectiveness of disease treatment and...

How Patients Factor in the Health Data Exchange Equation

by Frank Irving

While much of the discussion around health data exchange focuses on compatibility between hospital IT systems or among multiple providers, it’s often overlooked that patients can greatly benefit from access to information contained in EHRs....

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,...

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)...

Usability Regulation Bypassed by Some ONC-Certified EHRs

by Frank Irving

A study of certification records for popular electronic health record (EHR) systems shows that more than a third of vendors failed to follow a usability testing regulation established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

Most Vendors Bridged EHR Integration for 2014 Attestations

by Frank Irving

New numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) show that for the 2014 program year of meaningful use, most eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs) achieved sufficient EHR integration required for attestation....

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