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DeSalvo: Pressure, Optimism over EHR Data Interoperability

April 27, 2015 - Patients and providers alike are crying out for better access to information and a higher degree of EHR data interoperability, writes National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Karen DeSalvo in a new blog post for Health Affairs, and the ONC is confident that the industry will soon achieve its goals.  Armed with important input from stakeholders across the care continuum and an EHR data interoperability...


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What You Need to Know about Health Data Interoperability

Health data interoperability is intended to bring healthcare stakeholders together, yet it remains a divisive and difficult issue to address.  The movement of information between health IT systems, whether internal or external, is as much...

NCQA Pilots Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Program

The National Council for Quality Assurance has enlisted three healthcare IT companies to test pilot its electronic clinical quality measures code validation program.  The pilot, called eMeasure, will test the ability of EHR software to access...

As Hospital EHR Adoption Rises, What’s Next for Health IT?

Hospital EHR adoption has officially reached more than three-quarters of the healthcare community, according to the newest data from the Office of the National Coordinator, and the rapid rise in health IT infrastructure development may actually...

HIMSS15 Leaders Stress Population Health Management, Engagement

The 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, unveiled this week at the HIMSS15 exposition in Chicago, highlights the importance of health IT-driven population health management, patient engagement, and strategic planning to improve care quality and...

EHNAC, DirectTrust to Accredit Personal Health Records, Portals

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and DirectTrust, originator of the Direct secure messaging protocol, are teaming up to provide industry standards for vendors of personal health records and patient portal products. ...

WEDI to Examine Data Analytics Backbone of Bundled Payments

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has announced the formation of a new committee focused on assessing the data analytics and health information exchange underpinnings of bundled payments and other value-based reimbursement...

Poor Communication Hinders Population Health Management

Effective population health management relies on the seamless, coordinated work of a multi-faceted care team, yet the majority of clinicians feel unable to communicate with their peers in a timely, meaningful way, according to a new survey from...

Can the ONC, EHR Vendors Fix Healthcare Data Interoperability?

When the issue of healthcare data interoperability arises, one government body always becomes the focus on the conversation: the Office of the National Coordinator.  The ONC has taken a central role in the growth of healthcare data analytics,...

Sustainable Growth Rate Fix Passes House but Stalls in Senate

Update: The Senate has declined to conduct a vote on the SGR fix until after it returns from its recess in mid-April.  CMS has announced a contingency plan for providers to address the 21 percent Medicare reimbursement cut that will go into...

EHR Data Standards Driven by Market Forces, Not Vendor Cabal

Whatever its shortfalls, there is no denying that the EHR Incentive Programs have created an enormous market for healthcare information technology that would likely be lacking if the HITECH Act was never passed.  EHR adoption has reached nearly...

Just 15% of Hospitals Use Predictive Analytics Infrastructure

A mere 15 percent of hospitals are using advanced predictive analytics to stay one step ahead of preventable hospital readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions, and patient downturns, says a new survey by Jvion, but there is strong interest...

Can Stage 3 Meaningful Use CEHRT Bring On Big Data Analytics?

The late Friday release of the Stage 3 meaningful use proposed rule left many healthcare stakeholders sacrificing their weekend to pouring over hundreds of pages worth of new requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, and the document has,...

What Does the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule Mean for Analytics?

CMS released its long-awaited proposal for the Stage 3 meaningful use criteria Friday evening, and it appears that federal regulators have taken to heart many of the industry’s most vocal requests.  The Stage 3 proposed rule includes a number...

Healthcare Analytics Key for Trust, Effectiveness of ACOs

Developing a workable healthcare analytics infrastructure is a critical part of achieving financial benefits when embracing accountable care, says a report by the RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association, which followed 34 physician...

Is New Meaningful Use Policy Needed for EHR Interoperability?

Despite the toll that meaningful use has taken on the provider community, no one can dispute that the EHR Incentive Programs have been successful in producing rapid, game-changing results for the healthcare industry.  With EHRs in nearly every...

Blue Button Makes Progress with Patient Engagement, PHRs

The Blue Button project continues to make strides towards increasing patient engagement and expanding access to personal health records (PHRs), according to survey results from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). The late 2014...

72% of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Hospitals Report on Public Health

Nearly three quarters of hospitals that have attested to Stage 2 meaningful use reported on all applicable public health measures in 2014, including sending data to patient immunization registries and syndromic surveillance programs as well as...

WEDI Fields Survey to Gauge ROI of Health Information Exchange

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking the healthcare industry to participate in a poll to gauge the financial impacts of health information exchange and health IT interoperability.  In an effort to quantify whether stakeholders...

Have EHRs Really Done Anything for Health IT Interoperability?

Five skeptical Senators have taken issue with the healthcare industry’s $35 billion investment in EHRs and other technological infrastructure, using a Health Affairs blog post to question whether the EHR Incentive Programs have really helped...

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