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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...

New EHRA Workgroup to Focus on Health IT, Accountable Care


A new workgroup from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) will focus on developing and disseminating best practices for leveraging health IT to speed the spread of accountable care, improve patient safety, raise quality, and...

Building the Team for Big Data Analytics, Population Health


Healthcare organizations are becoming increasingly aware that the future of financial sustainability and care quality will rely on a robust health IT infrastructure that enables big data analytics and population health management. Providers must...

ICD-10, Population Health Management Atop Hospital Budgets


Hospitals and health systems are snapping up technology tools to help them manage the ICD-10 transition, according to a report from market research company peer60, but the largest healthcare organizations have moved beyond the basics of ICD-10...

Illinois Health Information Exchange Hits 1 Million Records


The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange has accomplished in six months what many other HIEs are still trying to achieve: the secure exchange of data covering one million patient lives in its designated local region.  The Illinois-based...

Calls Increase for Better Medical Device Surveillance Systems


In a new report advocating more robust medical device surveillance from the FDA, the Brookings Institution is adding to industry requests that healthcare analytics move past EHR data to better integrate patient safety and care quality information...

Why EHR Adoption in the ED is Crucial for Population Health


Despite generally high levels of EHR adoption among larger hospitals and physician practices, thanks to the goading of the EHR Incentive Programs, emergency departments (EDs) continue to struggle not only to implement EHR software, but to use...

How Health Information Exchange Models Impact Data Analytics


Health information exchange is both a verb and a noun, and it’s hard to have one without the other.  While HIE can be as simple as sending a secure Direct message to a specialist or connecting several local providers through their EHRs, large-scale...

Health Information Exchange Data Scarce, Inaccurate, Incomplete


Health information exchange is one of the key building blocks of an interoperable, coordinated healthcare system, yet the overwhelming majority of providers remains isolated and unconnected to their peers in a meaningful way, according to the...


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