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Health IT Interoperability

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 12-18

by Frank Irving

EHR developer Cerner’s annual Health Conference kicks off the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a theme of “Connecting What Matters.” Highlighting the flow of — and access to — information, the event...

How Health IT Integration Can Help Reduce Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

An estimated 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care each year experience a diagnostic error, according to a report published Sept. 23 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Such errors account for up to 17 percent of adverse errors in...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 5-11

by Frank Irving

Proposed legislation on electronic health records highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. Senators Bill Cassidy and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce their new EHR bill on Oct. 6. During last week’s Senate HELP Committee...

Senate Committee Pushes for Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Senate HELP Committee drilled down on interoperability and EHR meaningful use during its Oct. 1 hearing on achieving the promise of health information technology. Top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)...

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...

Virtual Clipboard Takes on Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will collaborate on the next phase of the Virtual Clipboard Initiative and research to promote healthcare IT interoperability. WEDI...

IOM: Health IT Interoperability Factors in Diagnostic Errors

by Frank Irving

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), known for its landmark research on medical errors and gaps in care quality, has turned its attention to the diagnostic process. As part of Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, a new report released by IOM on Sept....

Moving Toward a Universe of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At the beginning of September, standards development body HL7 International wrote to Congress urging federal support in improving the nation’s health IT interoperability infrastructure. In particular, HL7 called for heightened action to...

Task-Switching Hazard Revealed in EHR Integration Study

by Frank Irving

In a newly published study of how EHR integration may affect physician workflow, researchers found a 12 percent increase in tasks performed per minute by emergency department doctors after transition from a homegrown to a commercial EHR. Study...

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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 21-27

by Frank Irving

What’s being described as potentially the largest special event ever held in the United States, Pope Francis’ two-day stay in Philadelphia this week will put area healthcare organizations on a heightened state of alert. In preparation,...

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”...

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...

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...

AHA Criticizes #Cures2015 Health IT Interoperability Policies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The 21st Century Cures Act inches closer to becoming law and the American Hospital Association has serious reservations about the bill's potential implications for health IT interoperability and information blocking. On July 10, the House...

The Sequoia Project Not New to Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The phrase health information exchange has a history of causing confusion. On one hand, nearly every state has an HIE, an organization responsible for health data sharing. On the other hand, there is the actually process of exchanging health...

Debating Role of Congress in Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a hearing on the subject of health information exchange, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions received feedback as to the role Congress should play in advancing health IT interoperability. According...

Health IT Interoperability Among AMA’s Concerns for Stage 3

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to the federal agencies behind the proposed rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use, the American Medical Association (AMA) has listed a lack of health IT interoperability as one of six overarching concerns for the final phase of the EHR...

How Certification, Testing Impact Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health IT testing and certification are "urgently needed" to advance healthcare interoperability, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). The organization recently published comments on the 2015 Edition health IT certification...

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