Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

Healthcare Interoperability

Doctors Say Clinical Visit Notes Too Complex

by Frank Irving

Clinical progress notes assembled by EHR systems need to be reengineered so that they match the workflow and information needs of physicians, according to researchers from the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community...

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...

After $31.3B for Meaningful Use, Will CMS Consider Changes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $31.3 billion to eligible providers and hospitals as of July 2015, says CMS in its latest data brief, even as tension over the future of meaningful use builds to a fever pitch.  With pending legislation...

Greenway, eHealth Exchange Lead HIE Project in Oregon

by Jennifer Bresnick

The nationwide eHealth Exchange is connecting patient data across EHR vendor lines with a pioneering large-scale HIE project in Portland, Oregon.  Greenway Health has partnered with Premise Health, Kaiser Permanente, Intel Corporation, and...

CommonWell Brings Interoperability Services to NW Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CommonWell Health Alliance is making good on its promises to provide health data interoperability capabilities to providers across the nation.  Five healthcare organizations in the Pacific Northwest have inked agreements to use CommonWell’s...

ONC Says EHR Interoperability, HIE Reaches 40% of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Four in ten hospitals in the United States can now engage in some degree of meaningful health information exchange, according to the newest issue brief from the Office of the National Coordinator.  These hospitals can access electronic data...

Lack of Direction Puts DOD-VA EHR Interoperability in Jeopardy

by Jennifer Bresnick

A $9 billion contract to modernize the Department of Defense’s (DOD) health IT infrastructure may not help the Pentagon get its healthcare woes under control unless the project is coupled with stronger oversight of its EHR interoperability...

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. ...

Are Specialists Gaining More EHR Interoperability Options?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Conversations about EHR adoption and interoperability are often geared towards two major groups: primary care providers and hospitals.  These organizations often function as the collection and distribution hubs for healthcare data, and their...

EHR Usability, Functionality Top Concerns for Half of Hospitals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Community hospitals continue to struggle to get their electronic health records to work and communicate the way they need them to, according to a new report from peer60, with EHR usability, limited functionality, and poor interoperability driving...

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...

Four Revenue-Saving Use Cases for Health Information Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health data interoperability and health information exchange are challenging prospects for the provider community.  While these principles are often expensive to implement and difficult to achieve, interoperability remains the goal of the...

NATE and MaRS Partner on Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and MaRS Discovery District, located in Washington, DC, and Toronto, respectively, announced partnership to improve access to and use of healthcare data by patients. These improvements, according...

DirectTrust CEO Asks Congress to End Information Blocking

by Sara Heath

According to a press release, David C. Kibbe, CEO and President of DirectTrust, called for Congress to take the necessary steps to overcome issues of impeded authorized health data sharing, otherwise known as “information blocking.”...

ONC: EHR Satisfaction, Interoperability Vital for Patient Safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite the enormous potential of healthcare technology to improve quality and bring big data into the process of providing coordinated and effective care, EHRs and other health IT infrastructure has been flagged as a potential risk for patient...

AHA Stresses Need for Defining Interoperability in IMPACT Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has voiced concerns about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to implement the interoperability and standardization provisions of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation...

EHR Interoperability, Integration Focus of HIT Replacement

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers still see EHR interoperability as an elusive goal as they continue the quest to revamp and replace their health IT infrastructure with integrated, streamlined systems that merge clinical documentation with revenue cycle management. ...

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...

Healthcare Interoperability to Face Numerous Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The much-anticipated shift to personalized medicine and wellness will require healthcare providers to make better use of health IT standards and advance healthcare interoperability, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report. "More than...

More Health IT Interoperability Criticism of #Cures2015 Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has reservations about the health IT interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. In a letter to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Committee,...


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