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Health Data Exchange

Changes Loom for Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority, which provides strategic direction for health information exchange and related health IT efforts in the state, may have to weather both operational and leadership changes in coming months. First,...

Oncology Big Data Initiative Fortifies Leadership Team

by Frank Irving

Three C-level executives have joined CancerLinQ to help the subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expand its goal of analyzing data from the electronic health records of millions of cancer patients to uncover patterns...

When Health Information Exchange Fails, Providers Often Pay

by Frank Irving

Breakdowns in health information exchange — whether through face-to-face interactions, phone conversations or transactions sourced from electronic medical records — often lead to medical errors and subsequent patient harm. In fact,...

Clinics Wary of Portals Despite Health Data Sharing Benefits

by Frank Irving

A qualitative study of provider views on patient portals finds recognition of the technology’s potential to improve patient communication and health information exchange; however, at clinics serving low-income patients, personnel have concerns...

Office-Based Docs Lag in Outward Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

While office-based physicians are making progress in adopting certified electronic health records (EHR) systems, only about a third electronically shared patient health information with external providers in 2014, according to a new data brief...

EHNAC and NH-ISAC Align on Health Information Protection

by Frank Irving

A new partnership between national organizations hopes to lock down and accelerate health information exchange via the Direct standard. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a standards development organization and...

NY Health Information Exchange Awarded $2M in CDC Initiative

by Frank Irving

Central New York health information exchange HealtheConnections has been awarded $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under an initiative to prevent and control chronic disease in the Empire State. The...

Health Data Standards Challenge Addresses C-CDA Rendering

by Frank Irving

In the world of healthcare data standards, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. In the case of HL7’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standard, which specifies the structure and semantics of clinical documents...

Indiana and Ohio HIEs Enable Interstate Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Reid Health, a not-for-profit regional health system that serves both East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio, is part of a new health information exchange (HIE) initiative that crosses borders between the two states. The arrangement enables...

Researchers Propose ‘Health Information Exchange of One’

by Frank Irving

Informatics researchers say the time is right for patients to be put in charge of their personal health data, effectively creating “a health information exchange of one.” They envision data accumulating in a patient-controlled repository,...

WEDI Appoints Former AHIP Exec as Interim CEO

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced on Jan. 20 that Charles Steller has been named interim president and CEO. The organization, which focuses on the use of IT to improve health information exchange, reported on Jan....

DirectTrust Projects Exponential PHI Transaction Growth

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange via the Direct protocol is surging to unprecedented levels, according to metrics released Jan. 20 by non-profit alliance DirectTrust, which supports and governs secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information...

Health Information Sharing Vital to Cancer Cure ‘Moonshot’

by Frank Irving

Vice President Joe Biden this week announced plans to channel government resources in a concerted effort to double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer over the next five years. A core part of the initiative — likened by Biden...

Americans Opening Up to Health Data Exchange with Doctors

by Frank Irving

Public opinion appears to be shifting toward increased acceptance of personal health data exchange. In contrast to previous sampling that showed Americans to be fiercely protective of their personal health information, a new survey from the Pew...

New York HIE Ties Together Military and Community Providers

by Frank Irving

The medical records of more than 19,000 soldiers and their dependents are now securely available to care providers in central and northern New York through a connection between the HealtheConnections regional health information exchange (HIE)...

Provider Use of HIE Yields Savings in Reduced Repeat Imaging

by Frank Irving

Researchers have uncovered moderate savings when providers with access to patient records through an electronic health information exchange (HIE) order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests. Investigators from Weill Cornell...

Resource Shortfall in Prevention of Health Record Duplicates

by Frank Irving

More than half of health information management professionals routinely devote time to mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their organizations, according to results of a survey conducted by the American Health Information Management...

Supporting the Healthcare Data Sets of Tomorrow

by Frank Irving

Health IT infrastructure is getting in on potentially game-changing technology. Long derided for its inability to keep pace with sister industries, healthcare stands on the brink of a dynamic shift. Core capabilities leveraged by the likes of...

EHNAC Finalizes 2016 Health Data Exchange Program Criteria

by Frank Irving

With the turning of the new year, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted final 2016 criteria versions for 16 existing and two new accreditation programs. EHNAC, which accredits organizations for electronic...

Adding Consent-Based Exchange to a HIPAA-Based HIE

by Frank Irving

Colorado’s two health information exchanges (HIEs) are testing concepts for integrating consent to share behavioral health (BH) data. In the eastern part of the state, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is putting...


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