Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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How Meaningful Use Requirements Hinder EHR Interoperability

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Changes to meaningful use requirements over the next two years must go into effect for the sake of advancing EHR interoperability. That is one of the claims made by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in its comments...

True Interoperability Needs Health IT Standards, Use Cases

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Two witnesses for a recent Senate Committee Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing emphasized the need for tight health IT standards and use cases for health data exchange in order to improve the EHR user experience and achieve true interoperability....

Debating Role of Congress in Health IT Interoperability

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During a hearing on the subject of health information exchange, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions received feedback as to the role Congress should play in advancing health IT interoperability. According...

Reducing Health IT Interoperability Friction with FHIR

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One of the healthcare industry’s joint efforts to resolve a lack of health IT interoperability made a surprising discovery when their certified health IT systems were first connected. “We all hooked our systems up to each other and...

Clinical Engagement Needed for Healthcare Interoperability

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Healthcare providers can be either the beneficiaries or victims of health IT standards, yet providers often are left out of conversations about these standards when it comes to their development in the lab and implementation in the field. During...

Turning Health IT Standards into Useable Technology, Data

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Health IT certification and usability are not the same thing. The former is based on the implementation and performance of health IT standards in a health IT vendor's technology whereas the latter is based on the health IT end-user's...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Impact Health IT Standards

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CHICAGO — With the proposed rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use and the changes to meaningful use requirements from 2015 to 2017, the EHR Incentive Programs are closing in on the end of road. However, the few years the meaningful use program...

What FHIR Has Learned from Past Interoperability Failures

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and its initial draft of the nationwide interoperability roadmap are receiving the lion's share of attention at the moment as the healthcare industry considers...

How Do Data Exchange Standards of Meaningful Use Differ?

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The exchange of patient summaries is a central requirement of the EHR Incentive Programs, but prior to the publication of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements multiple standards were available for use. Those two were the continuity of care...

How Does the ONC Plan to Promote Health IT Data Standards?

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) still has a great deal of coordinating to do as the healthcare industry begins to mature into its demands for interoperability, but it has a plan.  Health IT data standards are a hot topic of...

Standards Impacting Direct Exchange, Interoperability

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A new report on DirectTrust interoperability testing and recommendations for improving Direct exchange identifies a handful of challenges and solutions, the most important of which centers on how optional standards for attachments accompanying...

Is $2.35 per Patient a Fair Price for EHR Interoperability?

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During a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Director of Interoperability at Epic Systems revealed the EHR vendor charges $2.35 on a per-patient, per-year basis for Epic EHR end-users to exchange...

How Private Industry is Embracing Healthcare Data Standards

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Most of the mandates related to health IT adoption in recent years have been relatively unilateral, with the ONC and CMS goading providers into meaningful use participation and trying to crack the whip on ICD-10.  While the healthcare industry...

Understanding Interoperability, Value of Health IT Standards

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Defining interoperability in healthcare represents an important first step in the understanding the challenges ahead for those working to enable interoperable EHR and health IT systems and services. Back in 2013, the leadership of the Healthcare...

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