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Intel Uses Purchasing Power to Spur Health IT Interoperability

February 19, 2019 - Through its Connected Care model, Intel is using its purchasing power to accelerate health IT interoperability to benefit employees, their families, and the communities where they live and work. Intel offers its Connected Care health plans in five areas where it has a large employee population: Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Hillsboro, Oregon; Chandler, Arizona; Folsom, California; and Santa...


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IT More Upbeat Than Clinicians About Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

More than three-quarters of IT and tech leaders judged their healthcare interoperability efforts as excellent or good, but fewer than half of clinicians had the same opinion. Around one-third of respondents to a survey conducted by HIMSS...

Broad-based Panel Tackles Healthcare Interoperability Challenges

by Fred Donovan

Timed to coincide with the release of a new report by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a broad-based panel of public and private sector representatives at HIMSS on Thursday tackled the thorny...

ONC Proposes Certification Criteria for Developers of Healthcare APIs

by Fred Donovan

ONC is laying out certification criteria for app developers in developing standardized healthcare APIs to allow individuals to securely access structured and unstructured electronic health information (EHI) using smartphones and other...

Microsoft Azure Launches Healthcare API for FHIR Standard

by Fred Donovan

Microsoft Azure has launched a healthcare API for the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which will enable health system interoperability and sharing data in the cloud. The FHIR API and data store allows...

Healthcare Interoperability Will Be Focus of HIMSS19 Confab

by Fred Donovan

In less than two weeks, more than 45,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives, vendors, journalists, and others will descend on Orlando, Florida, for the 2019 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition. Healthcare...

Enhanced IT Infrastructure Key Element in Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

A cost-effective, enhanced IT infrastructure is one of the key elements outlined in a new report laying out an agenda to promote healthcare interoperability prepared by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and six other national...

US Government Shutdown Delays OMB Review of ONC Health IT Rule

by Fred Donovan

The US government shutdown, which is in its fourth week, is likely to further delay an ONC health IT rule being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), observed AMIA Vice President of Public Policy Jeffery Smith. OMB...

ONC Updates ISA Reference Edition on Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

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...

Health IT Advisory Committee Cancels Meeting Due to Shutdown

by Fred Donovan

The Health IT Advisory Committee (HITAC) has cancelled its monthly meeting, scheduled for Jan. 23, due to the US government shutdown, reported Politico. HITAC was established in 2017 under the 21st Century Cures Act to provide...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Health IT infrastructure Gaps Create Patient Safety Risk

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are faced with roadblocks when it comes to accurately retrieving complete patient data. Many of these obstacles can be traced back to an organization’s health IT infrastructure, interoperability, and how...

Blockchain Vendor Efforts Center on IoT in IT Infrastructure

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Last month, a group blockchain vendors came together to discuss a collective effort to address the challenges facing blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments in enterprise IT infrastructure. Vendors attending the meeting...

Healthcare Providers Enthusiastic About Future API Adoption

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are looking toward application programming interfaces (APIs) to usher in an era of interoperable health IT infrastructure according to a new report by Chilmark Research. Healthcare organizations are currently...

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