Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health Information Exchange

How Interoperability Drove Magruder Hospital to CommonWell

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A small critical access hospital in Ohio might not be an obvious candidate for far-reaching health data exchange, but that is just the case for Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton which just signed on with CommonWell Health Alliance to use the...

Health Information Exchange Advances in Texas, Georgia

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The future of some health information exchanges are in doubt, but health data exchange continues to make inroads in Georgia and Texas following two recent announcements by the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Greater Houston Healthconnect....

How Do Data Exchange Standards of Meaningful Use Differ?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The exchange of patient summaries is a central requirement of the EHR Incentive Programs, but prior to the publication of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements multiple standards were available for use. Those two were the continuity of care...

Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance Targets Big Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have joined together to form the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance with the purpose of leverage health data to improve patient outcomes. With funding from UPMC, Pitt and CMU will...

Florida HIE Increases Reach of Event Notification Service

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE) has surpassed a key milestone in the number of hospitals having now signed up for the Event Notification Service (ENS), according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. The service enables...

SGR Bill and Interoperability Requirements Move to Senate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and with it recommendations for achieving widespread EHR interoperability. The proposed bill aims to repeal...

Renewed Interest in Joint iEHR for DoD-VA Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Congress will again consider proposed legislation with the purpose of streamlining the exchange of health information between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. On March 23, Representative David Roe (R-TN) reintroduced the Integrated...

First CommonWell Executive Director Talks Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The approach of HIMSS15 means that CommonWell Health Alliance, the consortium founded by health IT developers, is preparing to celebrate another year of existence. The timing may be only a coincidence, but the organization has finally named its...

Proposed HHS Rules Take Aim at Nationwide Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are instrumental to achieving nationwide interoperability, according to the Department...

Congress Includes EHR Interoperability Warning in SGR Fix Bill

by Jennifer Bresnick

Congress is taking a very hard look at EHR interoperability this spring by proposing several significant changes to the way the healthcare industry approaches the sharing of information between health IT systems.  In addition to a discussion...

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of health...

How Does the ONC Plan to Promote Health IT Data Standards?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) still has a great deal of coordinating to do as the healthcare industry begins to mature into its demands for interoperability, but it has a plan.  Health IT data standards are a hot topic of...

Standards Impacting Direct Exchange, Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new report on DirectTrust interoperability testing and recommendations for improving Direct exchange identifies a handful of challenges and solutions, the most important of which centers on how optional standards for attachments accompanying...

Why Epic Systems Isn’t Part of CommonWell for Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Besides making public the cost of enabling interoperability and data exchange charged by Epic Systems, this week's hearing on EHR and health IT adoption held by Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions also revealed the reasons...

Will HIEs Play a Role in the Future of Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology invested significantly in the development of health information exchanges (HIE) to support data exchange between healthcare organizations and providers. However, the end...

What Slowed Progress of Health Data Exchange in 2014?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Of the four key areas of focus identified in a 2013 health data exchange report and roadmap published by Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation has found that two failed to...

Can Middleware Succeed in Achieving EHR Interoperability?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A growing emphasis on value requires healthcare providers to coordinate care effectively and efficiently. However, a lack of EHR interoperability can easily disrupt the communication and exchange of patient data between clinicians and require...

New Minn. Bill Seeks to Remove EHR Interoperability Mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A bill introduced into the Minnesota House of Representatives aims to modify a 2007 mandate for EHR interoperability among hospitals and physicians beginning in 2015. On Monday, Republican Representatives Glenn Gruenhagen and Steve Drazkowski...

Understanding Interoperability, Value of Health IT Standards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Defining interoperability in healthcare represents an important first step in the understanding the challenges ahead for those working to enable interoperable EHR and health IT systems and services. Back in 2013, the leadership of the Healthcare...


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