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EHNAC and NH-ISAC Align on Health Information Protection

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A new partnership between national organizations hopes to lock down and accelerate health information exchange via the Direct standard. The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a standards development organization and...

NY Health Information Exchange Awarded $2M in CDC Initiative

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Central New York health information exchange HealtheConnections has been awarded $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under an initiative to prevent and control chronic disease in the Empire State. The...

Indiana and Ohio HIEs Enable Interstate Health Data Exchange

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Reid Health, a not-for-profit regional health system that serves both East Central Indiana and West Central Ohio, is part of a new health information exchange (HIE) initiative that crosses borders between the two states. The arrangement enables...

Researchers Propose ‘Health Information Exchange of One’

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Informatics researchers say the time is right for patients to be put in charge of their personal health data, effectively creating “a health information exchange of one.” They envision data accumulating in a patient-controlled repository,...

Carequality Gathers Support for Interoperability Framework

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The prospects for nationwide health information exchange ramped up this week when five leading health IT organizations announced they will implement Carequality’s Interoperability Framework. EHR vendors athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic...

DirectTrust Projects Exponential PHI Transaction Growth

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Health information exchange via the Direct protocol is surging to unprecedented levels, according to metrics released Jan. 20 by non-profit alliance DirectTrust, which supports and governs secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information...

Health Information Sharing Vital to Cancer Cure ‘Moonshot’

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Vice President Joe Biden this week announced plans to channel government resources in a concerted effort to double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer over the next five years. A core part of the initiative — likened by Biden...

Americans Opening Up to Health Data Exchange with Doctors

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Public opinion appears to be shifting toward increased acceptance of personal health data exchange. In contrast to previous sampling that showed Americans to be fiercely protective of their personal health information, a new survey from the Pew...

New York HIE Ties Together Military and Community Providers

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The medical records of more than 19,000 soldiers and their dependents are now securely available to care providers in central and northern New York through a connection between the HealtheConnections regional health information exchange (HIE)...

Provider Use of HIE Yields Savings in Reduced Repeat Imaging

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Researchers have uncovered moderate savings when providers with access to patient records through an electronic health information exchange (HIE) order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests. Investigators from Weill Cornell...

Resource Shortfall in Prevention of Health Record Duplicates

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More than half of health information management professionals routinely devote time to mitigating possible patient record duplicates at their organizations, according to results of a survey conducted by the American Health Information Management...

Oklahoma HIE Expert Receives Physician IT Leadership Award

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Brian Yeaman, MD, a primary care doctor practicing in Norman, Okla., has been named the recipient of the 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Yeaman is chief administrative officer for Coordinated Care Oklahoma (CCO), a health information...

EHR Analysis Reveals HCV Screening Gap at Health Centers

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A large-scale review of de-identified electronic health records found an alarmingly low level of hepatitis C virus (HCV) screenings based on birth year criteria at community health centers (CHCs). All patients born between 1945 and 1965, regardless...

EHNAC Finalizes 2016 Health Data Exchange Program Criteria

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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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Jan. 4-10

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Although it’s consumer-centric, expect CES — the world’s largest technology trade show — to offer glimpses of innovations that could someday play into health IT interoperability. CES, with 2.4 million square feet...

Big Data Approach to Cancer Drug Discovery Adds 3D Details

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The addition of 3D structures to healthcare data standards for cancer drug discovery will bring a big data approach to the development of new treatments, according to authors of a newly published journal article. Scientists from London’s...

Step Counts More Reliable Than Other Activity Measures

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When it comes to patient-generated health data, a new study finds variable validity in activities measured by wearable activity-tracking devices. In general, consumer activity trackers produce more accurate readings for step-counting than...

‘Break the Glass’ Model Enables Sharing of Behavioral Data

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Quality Health Network (QHN), a health information exchange (HIE) serving Western Colorado, is ready to launch a pilot project that will enable continuity-of-care documents from behavioral health providers to be securely integrated into...

App Integrates Mutation Data for Pediatric Cancer Research

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A new web application and data set brings the power of visualization to health data exchange in pediatric cancer research. Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital developed the freely available tool, ProteinPaint, which aims...

Veterans Salute Secure Messaging in Study of Portal Users

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Veterans who participated in a recently reported survey found secure email messaging to be a useful and timesaving tool for common medical communication tasks and for submitting health-related questions. The large-scale research study solicited...

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