Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Information Exchange

HL7 Calls for Further Build-out of Interoperability Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Standards body HL7 International wants the federal government to be more heavily involved in improving the nation’s interoperability infrastructure and has provided recommendations for doing so. In a letter to Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN,...

Doctors Say Clinical Visit Notes Too Complex

by Frank Irving

Clinical progress notes assembled by EHR systems need to be reengineered so that they match the workflow and information needs of physicians, according to researchers from the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community...

ONC Stakes Out Mileposts Along Interoperability Roadmap

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has added detail to its vision for nationwide interoperability. An infographic published by the agency explains how health IT will be used over the coming decade to “share electronic...

After $31.3B for Meaningful Use, Will CMS Consider Changes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $31.3 billion to eligible providers and hospitals as of July 2015, says CMS in its latest data brief, even as tension over the future of meaningful use builds to a fever pitch.  With pending legislation...

Greenway, eHealth Exchange Lead HIE Project in Oregon

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nationwide eHealth Exchange is connecting patient data across EHR vendor lines with a pioneering large-scale HIE project in Portland, Oregon.  Greenway Health has partnered with Premise Health, Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, and...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to NW Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance is making good on its promises to provide health data interoperability capabilities to providers across the nation.  Five healthcare organizations in the Pacific Northwest have inked agreements to use CommonWell’s...

ONC Says EHR Interoperability, HIE Reaches 40% of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Four in ten hospitals in the United States can now engage in some degree of meaningful health information exchange, according to the newest issue brief from the Office of the National Coordinator.  These hospitals can access electronic data...

Lack of Direction Puts DOD-VA EHR Interoperability in Jeopardy

by Jennifer Bresnick

A $9 billion contract to modernize the Department of Defense’s (DOD) health IT infrastructure may not help the Pentagon get its healthcare woes under control unless the project is coupled with stronger oversight of its EHR interoperability...

How Can a National Patient Identifier Improve Interoperability?

by Sara Heath

In a healthcare system that is growing more complex through the use of coordinated care, health information exchange (HIE) is becoming increasingly important because various members of a care team need easy access to a patient’s medical...

Are Specialists Gaining More EHR Interoperability Options?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Conversations about EHR adoption and interoperability are often geared towards two major groups: primary care providers and hospitals.  These organizations often function as the collection and distribution hubs for healthcare data, and their...

Five Ways to Boost Health Information Exchange in the ED

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health information exchange that allows emergency department physicians to quickly access comprehensive patient histories is vital for maximizing the value and impact of emergency care, according to a new report published this week in the Annals...

NHHIO Receives ONC Grant for HIE, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On August 4, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) announced it has been accepted as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Contributor for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

EHR Usability, Functionality Top Concerns for Half of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community hospitals continue to struggle to get their electronic health records to work and communicate the way they need them to, according to a new report from peer60, with EHR usability, limited functionality, and poor interoperability driving...

ONC Awards $38 Million to Improve Health IT Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On July 28, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded $38 million in grants, according to a press release. As a part of a goal to...

Four Revenue-Saving Use Cases for Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health data interoperability and health information exchange are challenging prospects for the provider community.  While these principles are often expensive to implement and difficult to achieve, interoperability remains the goal of the...

NATE and MaRS Partner on Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and MaRS Discovery District, located in Washington, DC, and Toronto, respectively, announced partnership to improve access to and use of healthcare data by patients. These improvements, according...

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...

ONC: EHR Satisfaction, Interoperability Vital for Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the enormous potential of healthcare technology to improve quality and bring big data into the process of providing coordinated and effective care, EHRs and other health IT infrastructure has been flagged as a potential risk for patient...

Rule Aims at Health Information Exchange in Long-Term Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed rule to reform requirements for long-term care facilities in Medicare and Medicaid includes a provision to support increased health IT adoption, particularly in the use of health information...

How Providers Can Help Advance Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A workgroup convened by the American Hospital Association has identified a host of activities for both the private and public sector to complete in order to advance health IT interoperability. As it turns out, the main responsibility of providers...

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