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Burgess Is ‘Extremely Disappointed’ at Information Blocking Rule Delay

December 11, 2018 - 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 after passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. “It is hard to explain to people that Congress provided the tools necessary for doctors and patients...


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US Gov’t Report Says Health IT Infrastructure Impedes Competition

by Fred Donovan

Health IT infrastructure often facilitates anticompetitive practices in healthcare, such as blocking clinical information exchange between providers or not supporting regional information sharing, according to a report released this...

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,...

Healthcare Blockchain Could Solve Industry’s Biggest Problems

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare blockchain could solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare, such as compliance, interoperability, and data security issues, according to a recent study by CB Insights. The report looked at healthcare blockchain use...

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,...

Hospital Executives Want Customized Integrated Health Systems

by Fred Donovan

In response to an increase in hospitals’ acquisition of medical practices, more than one-third of hospital system executives said they want customized integrated health systems including practice management (PM), revenue cycle...

New Google Healthcare API Addresses Interoperability Challenges

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Google announced the release of its healthcare application programming interface (API) to help organizations address interoperability challenges. The cloud-based healthcare API may help encourage organizations that are still behind in...

Planning Key for Strong Health IT Infrastructure Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Improving data sharing between new and legacy systems is one of the top challenges facing current health IT infrastructure. Organizations need to focus on their system interoperability to successfully integrate new tools into their health...

Open Source Blockchain Development Critical to Standardization

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced that 34 more organizations have joined its group to help develop an open source blockchain standard. New members include Cisco, Talkcrypto.org, Technical University of Munich, and MadHive. EEA...

How Epic Healthy Planet Promotes Healthcare Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Orange Care Group’s independent Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Independent Physician Association announced their plans to adopt Epic’s Healthy Planet program to promote healthcare interoperability. The collaboration...

Care Coordination Key for Interoperability, Patient Care

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) and Integra Community Care Network announced their new service Care Management Alerts and Dashboards. The health IT infrastructure care coordination technology aims to proactively coordinate care...

APIs, Modern Infrastructure Fuel Health IT Interoperability

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are making efforts to digitize their IT infrastructures but often struggle to maintain health IT interoperability among digital healthcare systems. The continued difficulty for seamless interoperability has driven...

IDBS Releases Latest Cloud-Based Research Platform for Health IT

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Last week, IDBS launched its enterprise, cloud-based platform, the E-Workbook Cloud to assist organizations meeting the strenuous future challenges of research and development (R&D) data management. The E-Workbook cloud allows...

ONC Blockchain Winners Target Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named the final winners of its healthcare blockchain challenge, several with a focus on advancing health IT interoperability. “We are thrilled by the...

5 Areas to Improve the Health IT Interoperability Experience

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

At last month's meeting of the Interoperability Experience Task Force, member of this collaboration between the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees identified five use cases to help improve the experience of health IT...

Better Health IT Interoperability Needed to Close Gaps in Care

by Sara Heath

Health IT interoperability serves as a considerable barrier to mitigating gaps in care, according to a recent white paper published by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) in partnership with the Louis W. Sullivan Institute...

Strategic Plan Sets Objectives for Health IT Infrastructure

by Frank Irving

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...

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

by Frank Irving

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,...

How Certification, Testing Impact Health IT Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...

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