Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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Cerner Hopes to Boost EHR Interoperability with FHIR Release

by Frank Irving

Envisioning third-party developers enhancing electronic health record interoperability within an open platform, Cerner is putting HL7’s FHIR standard into production in its Millennium EHR system. Kansas City-based Cerner reported on Oct....

Cloud, Registry Added to Health Data Exchange Accreditations

by Frank Irving

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) on Oct. 7 posted new versions of criteria for 16 existing health data exchange programs and added initial criteria versions in two new areas — data registry and cloud services....

ONC Finalizes Roadmap for Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has assembled the concepts and actions essential for nationwide interoperability governance and progress over the next 10 years through publication on Oct. 6 of “Connecting Health...

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...

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...

New Operating Rules Approved for HIPAA Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

Focusing on infrastructure requirements for health data exchange, CAQH CORE announced approval on Sept. 23 of a new package of operating rules for electronic healthcare claims, prior authorization, premium payments and health plan enrollment/...

Can Health Information Exchange Efforts be Sustained?

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange efforts continue to unfold across the nation, but serious questions remain about their financial sustainability now that they now longer receive funding from the State HIE Cooperative Agreement Program. Researchers...

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...

Task Force Urges Faster Pace in Interoperability Governance

by Frank Irving

A Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) task force reviewed progress on nationwide interoperability governance during a public meeting on Sept. 9 and concluded that the pace of action needs to quicken. The sub-committee, which has been working on...

Building Out the Infrastructure for Value-Based Care

by Frank Irving

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the latest organization to join the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a private-sector alliance promoting the adoption of value-based care across the U.S. healthcare system. With its Sept....

Apple Gears Up with Interoperability Pacts, iPad Expansion

by Frank Irving

Apple’s once-insular iOS platform is edging out in more mainstream directions, illustrated this week by interoperability agreements with networking giant Cisco and mobile platform rival Google. On Aug. 31, Apple and Cisco announced plans...

Magnetic Signals Show Promise for Wireless Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

If a new wireless communication system develops to its potential in coming years, physicians would be able to tap into information exchange within full-body monitoring networks to gather health data about patients. The technique works by sending...

HL7 Calls for Further Build-out of Interoperability Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

Standards body HL7 International wants the federal government to be more heavily involved in improving the nation’s interoperability infrastructure and has provided recommendations for doing so. In a letter to Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN,...

ONC Stakes Out Mileposts Along Interoperability Roadmap

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has added detail to its vision for nationwide interoperability. An infographic published by the agency explains how health IT will be used over the coming decade to “share electronic...

NQF: EHR Interoperability is Central to Quality Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Increasing the availability of big data by strengthening the nation’s EHR interoperability capabilities is an essential first step towards improving quality and patient outcomes, says the National Quality Forum in a new white paper. ...

Five Ways to Boost Health Information Exchange in the ED

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health information exchange that allows emergency department physicians to quickly access comprehensive patient histories is vital for maximizing the value and impact of emergency care, according to a new report published this week in the Annals...

NHHIO Receives ONC Grant for HIE, EHR Interoperability

by Sara Heath

On August 4, the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) announced it has been accepted as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Contributor for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

BPC Urges Interoperability Changes to Medical Innovation Strategies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is urging Congress to make certain changes to the way federal agencies, including the FDA, handle interoperability and health information exchange in an era of medical innovation. Following a landslide...

Patient-Generated Health Data at Core of Virtual Clipboard

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A collaboration led by the Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation has taken its first step toward improving patient engagement by incorporating patient-generated health data into health records as part of the Health Benefits and Health...


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