Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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Step Counts More Reliable Than Other Activity Measures

by Frank Irving

When it comes to patient-generated health data, a new study finds variable validity in activities measured by wearable activity-tracking devices. In general, consumer activity trackers produce more accurate readings for step-counting than...

‘Break the Glass’ Model Enables Sharing of Behavioral Data

by Frank Irving

Quality Health Network (QHN), a health information exchange (HIE) serving Western Colorado, is ready to launch a pilot project that will enable continuity-of-care documents from behavioral health providers to be securely integrated into...

App Integrates Mutation Data for Pediatric Cancer Research

by Frank Irving

A new web application and data set brings the power of visualization to health data exchange in pediatric cancer research. Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital developed the freely available tool, ProteinPaint, which aims...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

by Frank Irving

The eHealth Exchange leads off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with news of Northern Virginia’s Inova healthcare system connecting to the U.S. Department of Defense in a partnership to electronically share patient health...

Veterans Salute Secure Messaging in Study of Portal Users

by Frank Irving

Veterans who participated in a recently reported survey found secure email messaging to be a useful and timesaving tool for common medical communication tasks and for submitting health-related questions. The large-scale research study solicited...

West Texas HIE Adds Two Key Regional Participants

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange in West Texas will ramp up with the connection of two major regional health providers to the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (PdN HIE). The non-profit PdN HIE has signed up University Medical Center of El...

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...

ONC Expands Health IT Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized its self-described catalog of “best available” health IT standards and implementation specifications. ONC says the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)...

Major Health System Joins California Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX), a statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced last week the participation of Dignity Health, the largest hospital provider in the Golden State. Cal INDEX, which formed in August...

North Carolina Group Achieves EHR Integration for Referrals

by Frank Irving

The Stage 2 meaningful use summary-of-care objective reportedly has been a challenge for eligible providers, particularly measure 2, which specifies that more than 10 percent of transitions or referrals must be electronically transmitted using...

Self-Reported Health Data Improves Outcomes in Cancer Study

by Frank Irving

A newly published research study conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center finds clinical benefits associated with patient-generated health data during cancer care. Among patients receiving routine outpatient chemotherapy for advanced...

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...

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...

Increased Sharing Puts Healthcare Data Integrity at Risk

by Frank Irving

More than two-thirds of healthcare organizations aren’t sure whether they can safely share data and protect individual privacy, according to newly released survey findings. That troublesome uncertainty calls into question data integrity...

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...

FHIR Testing Expands with Cloud-based Approach

by Frank Irving

Implementations of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) were literally “put to the test” at FHIR Connectathon 10, held last month prior to HL7’s Annual Plenary and Working Group Meetings in Atlanta with participation...

Patient-Generated Health Data: There’s a Pill for That

by Frank Irving

Ingestible devices have been around awhile, but they’ve been limited to measuring temperature and taking digestive track images. Now, thanks to a new sensor invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), heart and breathing...

AHA and CHIME Suggest Changes to Data Reporting Requirements

by Frank Irving

Official comments from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) share the thought that data reporting needs to be streamlined for the coming implementation of the Merit-Based...

Who’s Ready for VDT Meaningful Use Requirements?

by Frank Irving

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017, it modified Stage 2 patient engagement objectives that require patient action. This was one of the major changes...


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