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Is Nashville the Center of Health Data Interoperability?

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If technology works so seamlessly and comprehensively in most walks of life, why isn’t health data interoperability stronger? That is one of the main questions on most healthcare professionals’ minds, as well as the talking point...

EHNAC, Cooperative Exchange Partner for HIE Security

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EHR interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) security accreditation just got easier. According to a recent press release, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has partnered with Cooperative Exchange...

How is the Industry Lobbying for a National Patient Identifier?

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A national patient identifier would not only improve patient safety by reducing errors, but would allow for better interoperability and health data exchange, several industry professionals claim. By standardizing the way in which digital health...

ONC Sets Up ‘Proving Ground’ for Health IT Interoperability

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You can add IPG to the ever-growing lexicon of health IT interoperability acronyms and terms. It stands for Interoperability Proving Ground, a community platform for sharing short summaries of interoperability projects taking place across the...

ONC Announces New Health Data Standards and Technology Lab

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has developed a new approach to unifying its healthcare data standards and technology initiatives. Steven Posnack, director of the agency’s Office of Standards and Technology, introduced...

Fueling the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource

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One of the great ironies of health IT is that while professionals in the field have greater access to data than ever before, they’re not finding it very useful. Nonetheless, industry experts believe that increased development, testing and...

Health Data Standards Challenge Addresses C-CDA Rendering

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In the world of healthcare data standards, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. In the case of HL7’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standard, which specifies the structure and semantics of clinical documents...

ONC Expands Health IT Interoperability Standards Advisory

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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)...

AMA Questions Data Standards for Physician Compare

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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...

FHIR Testing Expands with Cloud-based Approach

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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...

First Two Data Registries Accredited for Handling PHI

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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

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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

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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...

New Framework Examines EHR Usability Design and Testing

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The American Medical Association (AMA) and MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare have developed a new means of evaluating user-centered design (UCD) in electronic health records systems. In a joint announcement...

Cerner Hopes to Boost EHR Interoperability with FHIR Release

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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

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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....

A Call for Patient Matching Among Healthcare Data Standards

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Lack of a nationwide patient matching strategy among healthcare data standards is jeopardizing patient safety and costing organizations money. Presenters at last week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) annual convention...

Moving Toward a Universe of Health IT Interoperability

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At the beginning of September, standards development body HL7 International wrote to Congress urging federal support in improving the nation’s health IT interoperability infrastructure. In particular, HL7 called for heightened action to...

Usability Regulation Bypassed by Some ONC-Certified EHRs

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A study of certification records for popular electronic health record (EHR) systems shows that more than a third of vendors failed to follow a usability testing regulation established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

AHA Stresses Need for Defining Interoperability in IMPACT Act

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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...

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