Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Data Exchange

HHS Must Continue Addressing Health Data Exchange Barriers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A mixture of technical, regulatory, and behavioral barriers will continue to hamper health data exchange efforts within the Department of Health & Human Services through 2017, according to the Office of Inspector General. This week, the federal...

The Sequoia Project Further Expands Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Sequoia Project’s recent health IT partnership with the Social Services Administration (SSA) and Department of Veteran Affairs is the latest of series of achievements for health data exchange over the year. To commemorate Veterans Day,...

Removing Barriers to Behavioral Health Information Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchanges enabled connections across the care continuum, but behavioral health providers still face challenges integrating their work with that of primary care to improve patient outcomes. New resources made available by the...

3 Actions “Critical” to Advancing Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In reporting its latest work to enable increased health IT use to lead to improved health data exchange interoperability to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified “critical”...

Only One-Third of Docs Using Robust Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a data brief on variation in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. According to its authors, approximately one-third of office-based physicians...

ONC Contest Moves API-Enabled Health Data Exchange Forward

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) revealed the Phase 1 winners of  Move Health Data Forward Challenge. In the first phase of the challenge, organizations were asked to submit proposals on...

Ensuring Health Data Exchange Complies with HIPAA, FTC Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have teamed up to help educate healthcare organizations about two laws regulating health data exchange — the FTC Act and HIPAA. While most healthcare organizations...

Carequality, AMA Singly Advance Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Last week, the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was in St. Louis to witness firsthand the kind of EHR interoperability made possible through the Carequality Interoperability Framework. Since the...

Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent update, DirectTrust announced significant increases in the use of Direct exchange and the number of authenticated addresses for sending and receiving protected health information using the health IT standard. By the close of the 2016...

Addressing HIPAA as an Obstacle to Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent keynote address, National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, addressed how a law to safeguard health data security and privacy is having an unintended negative impact on health data exchange. “I hear confusion about HIPAA...

Health Information Exchange Partnerships Extend Data Sharing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A series of partnerships among health information exchanges will extend the range of several networks to provide health data for patients receiving care in multiple states. Earlier this week, Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and Health...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment Program —...

athenahealth, Epic Systems Trade Health Data Exchange Barbs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The two companies with contentious history around health data exchange are again engaged in argument over Epic's role in supporting information sharing. Last week, Epic Systems issued corrections to a recent interview athenahealth CEO &...

Groups Seek to Add Patient Identifier Language to Labor Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Twenty-three organizations have signed a letter sent to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations looking to include language mention of a unique patient identifier "in any final FY17 appropriations bill." In the letter, the...

How Will Direct Continue to Advance Health Data Exchange?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Achieving widespread or true interoperability remains the goal of federal officials, but efficient forms of healthcare interoperability are already in place, thanks in large part to the DirectTrust and its Direct protocol. The specifications...

Standardized Provider Data a Must for Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lack of high-quality provider data is not only costing the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, but it also minimizes the effectiveness of organizations working to support health data exchange among other setbacks. That and many...

ONC Awards $1.5M to Improving Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers and patients are to be the beneficiaries of $1.5 million in awards made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to seven recipients of two funding programs to improve health data...

Transition to Value-Based Care Requires Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In new guidance for healthcare providers and payers, the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) has called for improvements to the mechanisms and strategies for health data exchange in order to support the transition to value-based care....

Health IT Interoperability Needed to Drive Cancer Research

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent report delivered last meet to the National Cancer Advisory Board, members of the Cancer Moonshot's Blue Ribbon Panel called for the creation of a national health IT infrastructure to support next-generation cancer research as...

How Behavioral Health Complicates Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

HIPAA is a ubiquitous term in United States healthcare, but it is not the be-all and end-all regulating health data exchange when behavioral health data is added to the mix. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has...


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