Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Information Exchange

Federal Agencies Accredited for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Directed health information exchange will be used to improve care coordination for millions of military veterans and Native Americans via technology accredited by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)....

Projected Lab Growth to Impact Health Data Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Clinical laboratories are expected to play a larger role in the health data infrastructure of hospitals in their ongoing push to reduce length of stays. In a global market for lab services projected to reach $102 billion by the end of this year,...

Task Force to Add Health IT Interoperability ‘Exemplars’

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC)’s task force on addressing barriers to healthcare interoperability met on Oct. 9 to review the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, which was released in final form last week by the Office of...

AHA Calls Out Shortcomings in EHR Interoperability

by Frank Irving

Hospitals spent an estimated $47 billion annually on health information technology between 2010 and 2013, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). However, they are not getting a good return on investment, especially in regard to...

Star Ratings Proposed for Electronic Health Records

by Frank Irving

A new bill proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) would lend customer-facing support to healthcare organizations selecting an electronic health records system. A health information technology rating program is...

Health IT Makes Strides Toward True Interoperability

by Frank Irving

There’s no debate that achieving true interoperability in healthcare is a tall order. But current and emerging technologies — along with an overriding philosophy of openness where warranted — have healthcare organizations poised...

A Call for Patient Matching Among Healthcare Data Standards

by Frank Irving

Lack of a nationwide patient matching strategy among healthcare data standards is jeopardizing patient safety and costing organizations money. Presenters at last week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual convention...

Health Information Exchange Part of Care Quality Initiative

by Frank Irving

A portion of $685 million in awards released to healthcare networks and supporting organizations by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Sept. 29 will go toward efforts to improve health information exchange. The awards...

Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

by Frank Irving

The transition to ICD-10 will dominate health IT interoperability activities this week, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) standing ready to process claims starting Oct. 1. CMS has spent $116 million preparing its systems...

Health Information Exchange Data Predicts Utilization

by Frank Irving

A predictive model developed by researchers accurately estimated risk of resource utilization by using de-identified EHR-based data derived from a state health information exchange. Study results indicate an approach for developing clinical forecasting...

New Operating Rules Approved for HIPAA Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Focusing on infrastructure requirements for health data exchange, CAQH CORE announced approval on Sept. 23 of a new package of operating rules for electronic healthcare claims, prior authorization, premium payments and health plan enrollment/...

Can Health Information Exchange Efforts be Sustained?

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange efforts continue to unfold across the nation, but serious questions remain about their financial sustainability now that they now longer receive funding from the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program. Researchers...

California Behavioral Health System Takes on EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Behavioral health clinicians and primary care physicians in Los Angeles County will be able to securely share authorized client and patient data in real time through a new EHR integration initiative. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental...

6 Areas to Watch in Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The business of operating a health information exchange (HIE) boils down to providing data when and where it is needed to improve patient care and support better health outcomes. But a lot of moving parts must come together to connect separate...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 14-20

by Frank Irving

The last official week of summer brings a cooled-down outlook in health IT interoperability in the area of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Also noteworthy this week: a new big-data initiative targeted at cancer treatment, “home-stretch”...

Pervasive Healthcare Interoperability Comes into View

by Frank Irving

Organizations have come a long way toward achieving their healthcare interoperability goals — from the point-to-point interfaces of the early 1980s through the rise of health information exchanges to the emerging application of FHIR protocols....

Task Force Urges Faster Pace in Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) task force reviewed progress on nationwide interoperability governance during a public meeting on Sept. 9 and concluded that the pace of action needs to quicken. The sub-committee, which has been working on...

How Health Data Infrastructure Factors into Fee Schedule Policies

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has weighed in on proposed revisions to payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year 2016. The recommendations relate to several health data infrastructure issues...

Interoperable Home Health Technology Poised for Explosive Growth

by Frank Irving

Projections call for the home health technology market to quadruple in size by the end of the decade. Growth factors will fuse as consumers increasingly use interoperable devices, services and apps for medical, health or wellness purposes outside...

Data Security Measures Falling Short at Healthcare Entities

by Frank Irving

External hackers top the list of data security vulnerabilities at U.S. healthcare organizations with good reason: 80 percent admit that their IT systems have already been compromised by cyber-attacks. Further analysis shows the healthcare sector...


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