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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 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...

What Is the Right Pathway to Healthcare Interoperability?

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According to the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the answer to that question is not one but "three critical pathways" that are necessary to advance interoperability in an efficient and...

Coordinating Conversations about Healthcare Interoperability

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With or without federal pressure, healthcare interoperability is in need of advancement and that advancement will take place to serve the business needs of healthcare providers. That was one important takeaway from a sit-down with two members...

Health IT Infrastructure, Costs Hinder Health Data Exchange

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Findings from a new interoperability survey conducted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) reveal the challenges facing healthcare organizations and providers working to improve health data exchange. The results are part of...

Renewed Interest in Joint iEHR for DoD-VA Interoperability

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Congress will again consider proposed legislation with the purpose of streamlining the exchange of health information between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. On March 23, Representative David Roe (R-TN) reintroduced the Integrated...

ONC 2015 Edition EHR Certification Builds Case for APIs, FHIR

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To complement the publication of proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the ONC has issued its proposed rule for the 2015 Edition certification criteria, the means by which certified...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requires Infrastructure for PHAs, CDRs

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As part of the meaningful use's end-goal to leverage health IT in support of population health management, its next and final phase — Stage 3 Meaningful Use — requires a new approach to public health and clinical data registry...

Congress Includes EHR Interoperability Warning in SGR Fix Bill

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Congress is taking a very hard look at EHR interoperability this spring by proposing several significant changes to the way the healthcare industry approaches the sharing of information between health IT systems.  In addition to a discussion...

Health Data Infrastructure Required for Interoperability

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Without well-developed and -managed health data infrastructure data to move efficiently and securely between healthcare organizations, providers, and patients and realize the far-reaching benefits of health IT interoperability. This was the central...

HIT Push Adds Pressure for Proper Interoperability Systems

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With more patients asking for technology in their healthcare, providers need to be smart when implementing new solutions. The use of telemedicine has increased across the healthcare landscape. The growing push for value-based care has systems...

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