Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Healthcare Interoperability

States Make Connection for Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

Health information exchange is crossing state boundaries in the southeastern United States thanks to a successful connection between information networks in Georgia and Alabama. The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) and Alabama’s...

Study Shows Room for Big Upside in Mobile Device Integration

by Frank Irving

An estimated 17 percent of U.S. consumers currently use a mobile health application to track one or more health-related factors, suggesting a largely untapped upside for mobile device integration. Venture fund Rock Health measured mobile health...

WEDI Workgroup Explores Genomic Health Information Exchange

by Frank Irving

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) plans to develop a “common industry vision” for genomic data exchange through the activities of a dedicated workgroup. WEDI announced its new Genomic Data Exchange Workgroup on...

Population Analytics Growing into Health IT Integration Role

by Frank Irving

Population health management deployments are still in their “infancy,” according to industry analyst firm Chillmark Research, as organizations grapple with evolving reimbursement models and vendors vie to ramp up their solutions....

5 Action Areas for Ensuring Healthcare Data Security

by Frank Irving

Failure to lock down access is compromising data security at U.S. healthcare organizations, according to a newly released report from software provider IS Decisions. The research points to concurrent logins, manual logoffs, password sharing and...

Cognitive Computing Takes on Healthcare Interoperability

by Frank Irving

IBM officially sealed its $1 billion acquisition of medical imaging firm Merge Healthcare on Oct. 13, opening up new terrain in healthcare interoperability for the parent company’s Watson Health business unit. Merge’s platforms for...

Task Force to Add Health IT Interoperability ‘Exemplars’

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC)’s task force on addressing barriers to healthcare interoperability met on Oct. 9 to review the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, which was released in final form last week by the Office of...

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...

Patients Seek Physician Improvement in Health Data Exchange

by Frank Irving

When providers lack the latest information during office visits, the burden of filling in the gaps often falls to the patient in terms of additional paperwork. That leaves patients frustrated and more willing to consider other providers with...

How Patients Factor in the Health Data Exchange Equation

by Frank Irving

While much of the discussion around health data exchange focuses on compatibility between hospital IT systems or among multiple providers, it’s often overlooked that patients can greatly benefit from access to information contained in EHRs....

Mobile Device Integration Vital to Mainstream App Acceptance

by Frank Irving

A variety of metrics show growing acceptance of and appreciation for mHealth apps, but a major barrier to further progress is mobile device integration with EHR systems so that data can more readily be used to improve clinical decision making...

Senate Committee Spotlights Patient-Generated Health Data

by Frank Irving

Patient-generated health data and the infrastructure required to support its use will be core topics this week on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will meet on Sept. 16 to hear testimony...

ACOs Still Battling Health Data Exchange Difficulties

by Frank Irving

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) face stiff health data exchange challenges, according to results of the 2015 ACO Survey released this week by the eHealth Initiative (eHI) and Premier. Nearly four-fifths of the 69 responding ACOs reported...

Pervasive Healthcare Interoperability Comes into View

by Frank Irving

Organizations have come a long way toward achieving their healthcare interoperability goals — from the point-to-point interfaces of the early 1980s through the rise of health information exchanges to the emerging application of FHIR protocols....

Interoperable Home Health Technology Poised for Explosive Growth

by Frank Irving

Projections call for the home health technology market to quadruple in size by the end of the decade. Growth factors will fuse as consumers increasingly use interoperable devices, services and apps for medical, health or wellness purposes outside...

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....

Data Security Measures Falling Short at Healthcare Entities

by Frank Irving

External hackers top the list of data security vulnerabilities at U.S. healthcare organizations with good reason: 80 percent admit that their IT systems have already been compromised by cyber-attacks. Further analysis shows the healthcare sector...

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,...


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