Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Data Exchange

Maine HIE Adds Practices to Massive Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

HealthInfoNet, a Maine-based health information exchange, has recently added several healthcare practices to its data repository, helping to expand care coordination across the state. According to a public statement from HealthInfoNet, these...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

Are EHR Vendors Culpable for Lacking HIE, Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

A total of 57 percent of healthcare professionals blame slow interoperability uptake on EHR vendors and health data blocking, according to a recent Black Book survey. Another 20 percent blame it on insufficient interoperability monitoring efforts...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

PA Health Information Exchange Adds New Member HIOs

by Sara Heath

Pennsylvania’s state health information exchange (HIE) has added a member health information organization (HIO), Mount Nittany Exchange (MNX), according to a public statement. MNX joins several other health information organizations in...

How is the Industry Lobbying for a National Patient Identifier?

by Sara Heath

A national patient identifier would not only improve patient safety by reducing errors, but would allow for better interoperability and health data exchange, several industry professionals claim. By standardizing the way in which digital health...

Updates on Health IT Interoperability Progress from CMS, ONC

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to prioritize interoperability and health information exchange between systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have initiated...

How Inbound Data Changes Health IT Interoperability Strategy

by Frank Irving

How much does interoperability factor into IT design strategy at healthcare organizations? Not enough, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), which spent part of its Interim Meeting in November advocating for more interoperable...

Post-Acute Health Information Exchange Services On the Way

by Frank Irving

CommonWell Health Alliance will begin offering its health information exchange services for post-acute facilities in the first quarter of 2016, the not-for-profit trade association announced on Feb. 24. Three health IT vendors — Brightree,...

Consumer Group Calls on HHS to Improve Health Data Sharing

by Frank Irving

Consumer advocacy association Clear Choices reached out this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with recommendations to improve healthcare transparency through publicly shared data. Part of the solution lies in applying...

GaHIN Named Georgia Entity for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) as the designated entity for the State of Georgia Health Information Exchange (HIE). The official designation, announced Feb. 19, opens up new funding opportunities...

Wand Imparts Medical Device Integration In Prototype Project

by Frank Irving

Medical device and EHR integration could soon be simplified through use of technology engineered at Dartmouth College. The system — called “Wanda” for its appearance and ability to configure devices for network data-sharing...

Health Data Exchange Assists in Newborn Screening Programs

by Frank Irving

The field of newborn screening (NBS) will get a boost from health data exchange upgrades in several states, thanks to $5.4 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Colorado School of Public Health and...

Lab Systems: A Rebounding Part of Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

After a five-year contraction in the market for independent laboratory services, the sector is expected to realize new growth sparked by demand from previously uninsured patients. That trend bodes well for laboratory information systems (LIS),...

Sequoia and CommonWell: Paths to Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Sequoia Project and the CommonWell Health Alliance travel on separate tracks, but move in the same direction — facilitating and inspiring progress toward nationwide health data exchange and health IT interoperability. Their respective...

ONC Report: Trust Strengthens for EHR Privacy and Security

by Frank Irving

Consumers appear to be gaining trust in the privacy and security of electronic health records. A new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) shows slightly more than half of individuals nationwide expressing...

New Measures Align to Simplify Health Quality Data Reporting

by Frank Irving

Physicians stand to benefit from newly announced regulatory streamlining for reporting of quality measures, some of which require clinical data extracted from electronic health records. The Core Quality Measures Collaborative — introduced...

Public Health Expert Joins Texas Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The former president of a public health foundation, Jon Law, has been named executive director of the West Texas-based Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange (HIE). The HIE’s board of directors announced Law’s appointment on Feb...

Health Information Exchange Funds IT Investment for Flint

by Frank Irving

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) has committed $250,000 toward connecting all healthcare providers in Genesee County, Michigan to GLHC’s statewide health information exchange. The assistance comes in response to lead contamination of drinking...

CommonWell Adds 7 Members to Health Data Exchange Effort

by Frank Irving

Six health IT companies and a major trade association — eClinicalWorks, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, Modernizing Medicine and HIMSS — have joined the non-profit CommonWell Health Alliance in its effort...

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