Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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Public Health Reporting Threatened by Workforce Exodus

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Expansive planning for creation of an interoperable health system over the next decade includes a final stage, from 2021-2024, when public health agencies and researchers will leverage real-time data access in development and delivery of cutting-edge...

Projected Lab Growth to Impact Health Data Infrastructure

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Clinical laboratories are expected to play a larger role in the health data infrastructure of hospitals in their ongoing push to reduce length of stays. In a global market for lab services projected to reach $102 billion by the end of this year,...

Task Force to Add Health IT Interoperability ‘Exemplars’

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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...

Making Health IT Infrastructure More Resilient

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As in businesses across the board, healthcare’s transition to digital operations opens up new levels of complexity and threats, and requires a change in approach to managing IT risk and cybersecurity. The upshot is that executives and system...

Strategic Plan Sets Objectives for Health IT Infrastructure

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The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 21, aims to enhance the U.S. health IT infrastructure over the next five years. National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo described...

5 Health Data Infrastructure Hurdles for Precision Medicine

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hopes to enroll 1 million volunteers in a Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) study over the next three to four years. In order reach its goals for maximizing effectiveness of disease treatment and...

Spending on Electronic Health Records Exceeds Expectations

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The price tag for electronic health records systems exceeds buyers’ spending expectations by 37 percent, according to a new report released by software research firm Capeterra. The final yearly tab for EHR software averages nearly $118,000,...

Senate Committee Spotlights Patient-Generated Health Data

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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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Sept. 14-20

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The last official week of summer brings a cooled-down outlook in health IT interoperability in the area of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Also noteworthy this week: a new big-data initiative targeted at cancer treatment, “home-stretch”...

Building Out the Infrastructure for Value-Based Care

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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....

HL7 Calls for Further Build-out of Interoperability Infrastructure

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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,...

NQF: EHR Interoperability is Central to Quality Improvement

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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?

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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

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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...

How Providers Can Help Advance Health IT Interoperability

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A workgroup convened by the American Hospital Association has identified a host of activities for both the private and public sector to complete in order to advance health IT interoperability. As it turns out, the main responsibility of providers...

How Certification, Testing Impact Health IT Interoperability

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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...

AMIA Offers Strategy for EHR Interoperability, Data Exchange

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Of the recommendations made by a group convened by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) relating to the current status and future direction of EHR technology, three have implications for EHR interoperability and data exchange....

ONC Chief Likely to Become Assistant Secretary for Health

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One of the country's chief architect for healthcare interoperability will likely to changing roles. In an official statement on Tuesday, President Barack Obama nominated the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...

Alliance Makes Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

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Federal legislation l to improve the discovery, development, and delivery of healthcare innovations continues to make progress on the Hill and an association of healthcare organizations is calling for a greater emphasis on health IT interoperability...

Congress to Focus on EHR Use, Healthcare Interoperability

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Be careful what you wish for. Not long after the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) emphasized the need for Congressional involvement to help promote healthcare interoperability and ensure health data exchange,...

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