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ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

January 15, 2019 - ONC has released its updated healthcare interoperability standards, incorporating industry feedback into the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition. ONC solicited industry feedback on the draft ISA Reference Edition, culled through 74 comments containing nearly 400 recommendations, and updated it based on the comments, explained a blog post coauthored by...


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Hospitals, Nursing Facilities Lack Health Data Sharing Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

Lack of robust health data-sharing infrastructure between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is a key reason for poor hospital-to-SNF transitions for patients, resulting in missing, delayed or difficult-to-use information...

ONC Urges Progress in Upgrading US Health IT Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

Collaboration and innovation are vital to progress in upgrading the US health IT infrastructure, said ONC in its annual report to Congress. The report backed full support for implementing the health IT provisions of the...

Burgess Is ‘Extremely Disappointed’ at Information Blocking Rule Delay

by Fred Donovan

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee, said he was “extremely disappointed” that information blocking regulations have not yet been implemented two years...

Implementing 21st Century Cures Act Preoccupies ONC’s Work

by Fred Donovan

The work of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is dominated by implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, particularly in the areas of reducing provider burden and promoting health IT...

Health IT Interoperability Is Common Thread at ONC Annual Meeting

by Fred Donovan

A common theme of Thursday's plenary sessions at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2018 annual meeting was health IT interoperability. HHS Secretary Alex Azar kicked off the meeting,...

Major Tech Firms Partner to Boost Healthcare IT Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

Major tech companies, like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, are increasingly partnering with health IT vendors to remove barriers to healthcare IT interoperability. In a letter released recently by ITI, these companies, along with IBM,...

EHR Integration Among Top Health IT Infrastructure Priorities

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The foundational technologies that make up health IT infrastructure are critical to supporting telehealth, patient engagement, population health management, and value-based care. According CHIME’s Healthcare’s Most Wired:...

ISA’s Annual Review Period Promotes Interoperability Advancements

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The Interoperability Standards Advisory’s (ISA) annual comment and review period comes to a close at 5 pm, ET, on October 1. The process began to help determine how the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)...

FHIR May Not Help Healthcare Orgs Achieve Semantic Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations participating in the value-based care environment are in need of strong, secure data pipelines that can help them communicate across disparate health systems to coordinate and streamline patient care. As providers...

MEDITECH Launches Healthcare App Development Environment

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

MEDITECH announced Sept. 18 the release of its healthcare app development environment MEDITECH Greenfield. The platform will enable organizations to develop applications that will be interoperable with the MEDITECH EHR. Greenfield is...

Health IT Infrastructure Obstacles Stall EHR Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations still struggle with health IT infrastructure interoperability challenges as the entities digitize EHRs and other tools to improve workflow and patient care. Entities are trying to determine the best way to adopt and deploy...

Hyperledger Releases Sawtooth Healthcare Blockchain Standard

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Hyperledger announced the release of its second production-ready blockchain framework, Sawtooth 1.0. This new framework can further help the development of healthcare blockchain technology as blockchain continues to gain...

2018 Likely to Determine Success of Blockchain in Healthcare

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

There was significant growth in blockchain in healthcare this year as the healthcare industry continues to seek out ways to end interoperability issues that have plagued the industry for years. Hyperledger released a blog post looking...

AMA Collaboration to Develop a Standard Data Framework

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The American Medical Association announced the creation of the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) platform, bringing healthcare providers and technology vendors together to establish a standard data framework. The platform aims to...

Lack of EHR Interoperability Standards Challenges Health IT

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

A lack of standardization and control over file sharing continues to make EHR interoperability a significant challenge for healthcare organizations, according to Nebraska Medicine Vice President of IT Brian Lancaster. “As an...

Overcoming EHR Implementation Issues for Better HIT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are still in the midst of adjusting to new EHR implementation, and many entities are concerned that they aren’t seeing enough of an ROI from their EHR system. A recent survey conducted by Health Catalyst...

Why Blockchain May Not Be the Solution to EHR Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Blockchain is causing a stir in healthcare as organizations look to the technology to solve the EHR interoperability and data security issues that have plagued the industry for many years. The potential for healthcare blockchain has been...

EHR Interoperability Transformations Affect HIT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Surescripts announced the addition of 14 new health systems to its National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which aims to enhance EHR interoperability among disparate healthcare systems. The new health systems include Allegheny Health...

Medical Device Communication Standard Aids Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The IEEE announced the availability of its 11073-20702 —Health informatics: Point-of-Care Medical Device Communication—Standard for Medical Devices Communication Profile for Web Services. The IEEE also announced its approval...

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