Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Data Exchange

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.”...

Great Lakes Health Connect Expands Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), a large regional health information exchange (HIE) in Michigan, has surpassed its goal of bringing 1000 medical practices online with its closed-loop referrals application, and will soon connect the same number...

How to Bring Health Information Exchange to Post-Acute Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Incentive programs such as meaningful use have led to increased implementation of health information technology and use of health information exchange (HIE). However, certain segments of the care continuum with an important role to play in healthcare...

Audit of Illinois Health Information Exchange Finds Faults

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A state audit of the Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) has found material weakness in the organization's internal controls over the first few months of its existence. The report from the Auditor General of the State of Illinois...

Health Data Exchange, Standardization Lacking in Chronic Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has made several recommendations to Congress to ensure that policies intended to support chronic care in fact do so, ranging from incentives for investing in and adopting care management tools to...

PA Support for Health Data Exchange, Meaningful Use Continues

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority continues to support health information exchange across the Keystone State with the award of more than $674K to two organizations enabling the exchange of health data between healthcare providers...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

True Interoperability Needs Health IT Standards, Use Cases

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two witnesses for a recent Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing emphasized the need for tight health IT standards and use cases for health data exchange in order to improve the EHR user experience and achieve true interoperability....

What Does Open Mean in the Context of EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A learning health system is not possible without conformance to five EHR interoperability use cases by healthcare providers and health IT developers, claims the authors of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics...

Mass. Grant Program to Incent Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new grant program looks to incentivize health information exchange for the purpose of improving care coordination in Massachusetts. Last week, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), launched the Connected Communities Implementation...

Do EHR Interoperability Requirements Raise Security Risks?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A nationwide patient advocacy group is of the opinion that EHR interoperability requirements will pave the way for protected health information to be hacked. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is calling on Congress to halt moving...

Will EHR Incentive Payments Help Integrate Behavioral Health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In an effort to better integrate behavioral health and primary care, a new bill proposes to make mental health providers eligible for EHR incentive payments. Introduced by Representatives Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the...

AHA Seeks Finalization of EHR Meaningful Use Modifications

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On the heels of calling for changes to proposed 2015 Edition health IT certification requirements, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking another federal agency to move more swiftly in finalizing modifications to the EHR Incentive...

Health IT Interoperability Among AMA’s Concerns for Stage 3

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to the federal agencies behind the proposed rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use, the American Medical Association (AMA) has listed a lack of health IT interoperability as one of six overarching concerns for the final phase of the EHR...

AMIA Offers Strategy for EHR Interoperability, Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of the recommendations made by a group convened by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) relating to the current status and future direction of EHR technology, three have implications for EHR interoperability and data exchange....

Are Health IT Standards, APIs Too Immature for Stage 3?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Both the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) are critical of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements that rely on emerging health IT standards and application programming...

How to Map Epic EHR Lab Orders to Reference Laboratories

by Charlie Francen of CTG Solutions

As Epic Community Connect continues to expand, more physician offices loosely affiliated with multi-hospital systems are expected to begin participating in the shared electronic record system. These physician offices may send patients or specimens...

Is a Culture Change Critical for Health IT Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One step necessary for advancing health IT interoperability is the development and implementation of health IT standards. Another is removing health data governance policies that are responsible for health information blocking. "While not...

Reducing Health IT Interoperability Friction with FHIR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One of the healthcare industry’s joint efforts to resolve a lack of health IT interoperability made a surprising discovery when their certified health IT systems were first connected. “We all hooked our systems up to each other and...

Unlocking EHR Systems, Advancing Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The varying interpretation of health IT standards and specifications has contributed to a lack of health IT interoperability, but its effect on health data exchange may pale in comparison to how different definitions of open EHR technology has...

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