Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Health IT Standards

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...

ONC 2015 Edition EHR Certification Builds Case for APIs, FHIR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

To complement the publication of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the ONC has issued its proposed rule for the 2015 Edition certification criteria, the means by which certified...

SGR Repeal Aims to Require Widespread EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest attempt to address the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments to providers also includes requirements for achieving widespread EHR interoperability in less than three years. Introduced by Representative...

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...

Meaningful Use Changes Needed to Support Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The transition from volume- to value-based care requires changes to meaningful use requirements that should focus on health quality and outcomes rather than mandatory health IT processes and promote standards and use cases for interoperability,...

Health Data Infrastructure Required for Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without well-developed and -managed health data infrastructure data to move efficiently and securely between healthcare organizations, providers, and patients and realize the far-reaching benefits of health IT interoperability. This was the central...

Medical Device Interoperability Could Improve Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The overwhelming majority of nurses are frustrated by a lack of medical device interoperability in the hospital setting, finds a new survey by West Health, and believe that they could save time, reduce up to half of all patient safety errors,...

Growing Urgency for Health IT Interoperability Governance

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Standards play a central role in the healthcare industry achieving health IT interoperability, yet their increasing availability raises the need for strong guidance and where it should come from. “There is no lack of standards. The problem...

HIT Push Adds Pressure for Proper Interoperability Systems

by Ryan Mcaskill

With more patients asking for technology in their healthcare, providers need to be smart when implementing new solutions. The use of telemedicine has increased across the healthcare landscape. The growing push for value-based care has systems...

How Private Industry is Embracing Healthcare Data Standards

by Jennifer Bresnick

Most of the mandates related to health IT adoption in recent years have been relatively unilateral, with the ONC and CMS goading providers into meaningful use participation and trying to crack the whip on ICD-10.  While the healthcare industry...

Mobile Devices Increase Need for Healthcare Interoperability

by Ryan Mcaskill

The demand for mobile devices in the healthcare field has IT departments increasing their focus on interoperability. There are a number of benefits that come from adding mobile devices to healthcare. The power of tablets and smartphones allow...

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...

EHR Interoperability Needs Better Guidance, Say Senators

by Elizabeth Snell

Government regulations stemming from the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, along with the newer interoperability roadmap from the Office of the National Coordinator, have not effectively promoted health...

Interoperability Bill Eyes EHR Oversight, Certification, Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One member of the House of Representatives has revealed his plans for enabling widespread interoperability through a number of regulatory changes to EHR certification and adoption included in an early draft of new legislation. The author of the...

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...

Why EHR Interoperability Could Benefit from a SMART Approach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new collection of healthcare organizations believes it has found a smarter approaching to streamlining EHR and health IT interoperability. The Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) is taking a SMART on FHIR approach to remove the technical...


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