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EHNAC Finalizes 2016 Health Data Exchange Program Criteria

by Frank Irving

With the turning of the new year, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted final 2016 criteria versions for 16 existing and two new accreditation programs. EHNAC, which accredits organizations for electronic...

ONC Expands Health IT Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized its self-described catalog of “best available” health IT standards and implementation specifications. ONC says the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)...

CMS Unveils Draft Plan for Quality Measurement under MACRA

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 18 published its Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP), which sets forth a framework for clinician quality measure development to support the value-based payment pathways of the Medicare...

AMA Questions Data Standards for Physician Compare

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Dec. 10 the addition of new quality data to the Physician Compare website. The aim, in the agency’s words, is to “increase the availability and accessibility of information...

National HIE Connection and App Store in ONC Plans for 2016

by Frank Irving

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, revealed on Dec. 8 two key initiatives intended to catalyze health information exchange and health IT interoperability initiatives during the coming year. Speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 7-13

by Frank Irving

The week ahead in health IT interoperability offers a chance to get questions answered about how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affects Medicare quality reporting programs. You can join the Medicare Learning Network call,...

Increased Sharing Puts Healthcare Data Integrity at Risk

by Frank Irving

More than two-thirds of healthcare organizations aren’t sure whether they can safely share data and protect individual privacy, according to newly released survey findings. That troublesome uncertainty calls into question data integrity...

FHIR Testing Expands with Cloud-based Approach

by Frank Irving

Implementations of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) were literally “put to the test” at FHIR Connectathon 10, held last month prior to HL7’s Annual Plenary and Working Group Meetings in Atlanta with participation...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 23-29

by Frank Irving

It’s a short week ahead for health IT interoperability as we pause to appreciate the unsung heroes on the caregiving frontlines and all who support them behind the scenes. With many family members, friends and professional colleagues serving...

New Committee to Operationalize Interoperability Framework

by Frank Irving

Health information network collaborative Carequality has announced the membership of its Steering Committee for the 2015-2016 term. The new committee is charged with overseeing the launch of what Carequality describes as the nation’s broadest...

First Two Data Registries Accredited for Handling PHI

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has granted full accreditation status to two beta test participants in its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). The program establishes requirements for managing registry...

Fast Health Interoperability Resource Burns Brightly

by Frank Irving

Early adopters of HL7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resource (FHIR) draft standard are forging ahead with projects designed to deliver real value to healthcare organizations, EHR vendors and patients. As more examples surface across the...

Health IT Standards: Sequoia Offers Patient Matching Model

by Frank Irving

In recognition of patient matching as a persistent obstacle to seamless information exchange between organizations, the Sequoia Project on Nov. 10 released a proposed framework for patient identity management. Sequoia is collaborating with...

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...

Exploding 6 Myths of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

At its most fundamental level, health IT interoperability means two or more systems or components having the ability to connect and exchange information — and to use the information that has been exchanged. Aside from that straightforward...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

by Frank Irving

A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

HIM and HIT Fields Team Up on Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A new resource brings together concepts enabling health information management (HIM) and health IT (HIT) professionals to work collaboratively toward development of interoperability governance standards. The American Health Information Management...

Carrying Forward Provider Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE) and the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) announced in early October a collaborative effort to more effectively enable health information exchange among providers,...

Federal Agencies Accredited for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Directed health information exchange will be used to improve care coordination for millions of military veterans and Native Americans via technology accredited by DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)....

Health IT Interoperability Shines in CHIME Innovation Award

by Frank Irving

Health IT interoperability is front-and-center for Hackensack University Medical Center, whose CIO, Shafiq Rab, MD, was named Innovator of the Year by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) on Oct. 15. Rab accepted...


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