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Health Information Exchange

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

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,...

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...

Group Recommends Faster Paths to Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

Health IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholdersHealth IT interoperability is a key area for elevating health system value identified by a coalition of industry stakeholders....

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...

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...

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,...

HHS Proposes New Substance Use Disorder Records Regulation

by Frank Irving

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb 5 issued proposed revisions to regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records. The changes would facilitate health information exchange to support delivery...

ONC Clarifies Health IT Interoperability Under HIPAA

by Frank Irving

Many providers believe that HIPAA restrictions prevent them from moving protected health information (PHI) in certain patient care situation. However, that’s a common misconception potentially hindering health IT interoperability when,...

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,...

THR Joins Health Information Exchange’s Northward Expansion

by Frank Irving

Texas’ decentralized state model for health information exchange is consolidating on several fronts. This trend most recently surfaced with the Jan. 27 announcement that Texas Health Resources (THR), a 25-hospital health system based in...

Merger Plan Includes Health Information Exchange Commitment

by Frank Irving

If all goes according to plan, Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System will merge in April 2016, forming an as-yet-unnamed health system serving communities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The two organizations...

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...

Fueling the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource

by Frank Irving

One of the great ironies of health IT is that while professionals in the field have greater access to data than ever before, they’re not finding it very useful. Nonetheless, industry experts believe that increased development, testing and...

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...

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,...

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