Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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Advancing Healthcare Interoperability Beyond Meaningful Use

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For the last couple years, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has moved to differentiate EHR and health IT certification from the EHR Incentive Programs, a process which in many ways has resembled a...

EHRA Questions Scope of ONC Interoperability Roadmap

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The trade association of EHR companies, HIMSS EHR Association, has commented on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap and called on the federal agency to play a collaborative rather...

ONC Ties Added Surveillance to Healthcare Interoperability

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was by no means surprised by questions about health IT surveillance during its interactions with media at HIMSS15 but perhaps only by the number of them. The questions...

How Interoperability Is Changing the EHR Incentive Programs

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CHICAGO — The timing of the proposed rule to change meaningful use requirements from 2015 to 2017 signals more than increased flexibility for eligible providers and preparation for streamlined objectives for all participating hospitals...

How Does Competition Impact Healthcare Interoperability?

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The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the nationwide interoperability roadmap drafted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and identified aspects of the plan that could have a negative impact...

Industry Groups Share Views on ONC Interoperability Roadmap

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Industry feedback on the first draft of the nationwide interoperability roadmap published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made its way to the federal agency which must now consider the concerns...

Doctors Debate Costs of Minn. EHR Interoperability Mandate

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While Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate still consider two bills to repeal the 2015 EHR interoperability mandate, members of the Minnesotan provider community continue to debate the implications of the requirement on patient care....

SGR Bill and Interoperability Requirements Move to Senate

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On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and with it recommendations for achieving widespread EHR interoperability. The proposed bill aims to repeal...

SGR Repeal Aims to Require Widespread EHR Interoperability

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The latest attempt to address the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and improve Medicare payments to providers also includes requirements for achieving widespread EHR interoperability in less than three years. Introduced by Representative...

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of health...

Meaningful Use Changes Needed to Support Interoperability

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The transition from volume- to value-based care requires changes to meaningful use requirements that should focus on health quality and outcomes rather than mandatory health IT processes and promote standards and use cases for interoperability,...

Growing Urgency for Health IT Interoperability Governance

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Standards play a central role in the healthcare industry achieving health IT interoperability, yet their increasing availability raises the need for strong guidance and where it should come from. “There is no lack of standards. The problem...

Interoperability Bill Eyes EHR Oversight, Certification, Use

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One member of the House of Representatives has revealed his plans for enabling widespread interoperability through a number of regulatory changes to EHR certification and adoption included in an early draft of new legislation. The author of the...

New Minn. Bill Seeks to Remove EHR Interoperability Mandate

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A bill introduced into the Minnesota House of Representatives aims to modify a 2007 mandate for EHR interoperability among hospitals and physicians beginning in 2015. On Monday, Republican Representatives Glenn Gruenhagen and Steve Drazkowski...

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