Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health IT Infrastructure

High-Cost Drugs: A Dark Cloud Hanging Over HIT Integration

by Frank Irving

A number of accomplishments point to 2015 as having been a banner year for health IT integration. Consider, for instance, gains in EHR adoption by providers in underserved settings, the nearly glitch-free transition to ICD-10 from a claims processing...

Health IT Interoperability Ends 2015 on Transitional Note

by Frank Irving

Industry experts recognize that health IT interoperability won’t be summarily achieved by any solitary prod or mandate. After all, according to the authority known as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which published...

OSU Wexner Medical Center Captures Second Davies Award

by Frank Irving

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) is the first two-time winner of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, which recognizes health IT integration that substantially improves patient outcomes while achieving...

Hospitals Seeing Opportunities to Integrate Workflows

by Frank Irving

More than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals could take advantage of health IT integration across departments that would help them capture, transform and manage information from anywhere at any time. Results of a newly released survey reveal that achieving...

Federated Network Could Share Data Across Cancer Centers

by Frank Irving

A new element in the national health IT infrastructure could be a system that facilitates data and biospecimen sharing among U.S. cancer centers. A team led by scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine described in the Dec....

Hospital Roundup: Recent Health Technology Investments

by Frank Irving

As the week draws to a close, here’s a look at health IT integration and practical application at hospitals around the country. San Joaquin General Hospital in California has signed a $37 million, seven-year contract for a new health information...

Two-Factor Authentication Gains Stature in IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

U.S. hospitals are increasingly supporting the health IT infrastructure for two-factor authentication to protect access to electronic protected health information (ePHI). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) reports in a...

EHRs and mHealth Lead Global Surge in Digital Health

by Frank Irving

The global market for digital health technology looks strong over the coming five-year horizon, according to a new report from P&S Market Research. The firm forecasts a compound annual growth rate exceeding 21 percent through 2020, led by...

Outsourcing Prevalent in Health IT Integration Plans

by Frank Irving

Nearly three-quarters of hospitals and health systems with over 300 beds will be looking outside their organizational walls in 2016 for health IT integration help ranging from application development to complex infrastructure services, according...

HIT Infrastructure, Optimization Among Top CIO Concerns

by Frank Irving

Among the top current concerns of chief information officers is the build-out of health IT infrastructure needed for participation in value-based care models and population health management. Eight CIOs who participated in the 2015 Scottsdale...

Centura Health Earns Davies Award for IT Excellence

by Frank Irving

Centura Health, which manages 16 hospitals in Colorado and western Kansas, has earned a 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for excellence in health IT integration. The distinction recognizes the use of health information technology to improve...

Senate HELP Committee Wants Answers on Health Data Integrity

by Frank Irving

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), known for its activism on health information technology issues, is pressing government agencies for information on how they intend to support and protect victims of medical...

Physician Progress on Telehealth ‘Small but Significant’

by Frank Irving

Only 15 percent of a survey sample of more than 1,500 family physicians reported they had provided telehealth services for their patients in the past 12 months. Nonetheless, researchers from the Robert Graham Center found that telehealth integration...

Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrastructure of APMs

by Frank Irving

The Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group focused on the former rather than the latter during its most recent meeting. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) subgroup met on Nov. 5 to discuss which technologies and tools would...

Mobile Device Integration: Are Tablets a Dying Breed?

by Frank Irving

Smartphones and tablet computers have carved out a respectable slot for use by professionals in healthcare settings. However, if consumer trends are a leading indicator, hospital and health system executives will need to keep a watchful eye on...

Doc Lookup Piloted in Marketplace’s Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Some visitors to will now be part of beta testing for a doctor lookup feature within the health IT infrastructure of the federal insurance marketplace. The pilot project, announced Nov. 3 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

Health Systems Go Heavy on IT Infrastructure Investment

by Frank Irving

As health systems position themselves for operation under alternative payment models, they’re increasing investments in health IT infrastructure, according to Premier’s Economic Outlook survey for fall 2015, released on Oct. 29. Overall,...

Thieves Expose Healthcare’s Data Integrity Shortfalls

by Frank Irving

Cyber-attackers continue to hammer healthcare organizations’ gaps in protecting data integrity and interconnected systems. In fact, as an industry, healthcare sees three times as many security incidents and attacks than other sectors and...

Making Health IT Infrastructure More Resilient

by Frank Irving

As in businesses across the board, healthcare’s transition to digital operations opens up new levels of complexity and threats, and requires a change in approach to managing IT risk and cybersecurity. The upshot is that executives and system...

Strategic Plan Sets Objectives for Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 21, aims to enhance the U.S. health IT infrastructure over the next five years. National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo described...


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