Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

EHR Interoperability

FHIR Testing Tools Can Foster Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

October 29, 2018 - Widely adopting validation and testing tools for the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) can help to reduce variation in implementation and ensure the deployment of more standardized methods of health data exchange, says the ONC and several other industry stakeholders in a new journal article. The paper, published in JMIR Medical Informatics, asserts that validation tools...


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Are Pending ONC Health Data Blocking Rules More or Less a Moot Point?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Any day now, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) will announce its proposed rule to combat the threat of data blocking – also known as information blocking – in accordance with Congressional directives within the 21st...

FHIR Takes Off as ONC Teases Upcoming Data Blocking Definitions

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations that have been looking for a way to spark widespread, seamless health data exchange may have finally found their fuel in FHIR. Adoption of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources has spread...

CMS Unveils Interoperability, EHR Clinical Documentation Changes

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has released proposed rules for Medicare that would make good on its promises to promote interoperability, reduce administrative burdens for physicians, and expand patient data access capabilities. The proposals, teased over the past...

Machine Learning Can Quiet “Building Crescendo” of EHR Dissatisfaction

by Jennifer Bresnick

The notion that electronic health records are difficult to work with and cumbersome to use has become a worryingly common theme across the healthcare industry.  Providers working in organizations of all sizes, settings, and...

Should Connectivity, Not Comprehensiveness, be the EHR Goal?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The few electronic health record vendors that have risen to dominance in the past decade have done so by creating strong brand identities and targeting their offerings to specific segments of the health IT marketplace. Names like...

40% of CIOs to Deploy a Healthcare Analytics Platform in 2018

by Jessica Kent

Forty percent of hospital CIOs plan to make launching of enterprise healthcare analytics platforms a top priority in 2018, according to a Spok survey of CHIME members. The survey results indicate that CIOs continue to face widespread...

ONC Releases C-CDA “Checkup” Tool for Healthcare Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Organizations that aren’t sure if their Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) formatting and presentation are up to snuff can now get a simple numerical quality score from a new online ONC tool.  The One...

Are Health Data Interoperability Standards the Same in Theory as Practice?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The idea of developing and implementing shared health data interoperability standards has finally started to catch on the EHR vendor community, which has suffered a number of crushing blows from unhappy consumers and Congressmen concerned...

ONC Picks FHIR Health Data Aggregation App Contest Winners

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator has picked six data aggregation, EHR utilization, and patient experience developers as winners of the second phase of its API-based app challenge.  The industry-wide competition, announced in...

Health IT Vendors, Providers Struggling with API Development

by Jennifer Bresnick

The application programming interface (API) is one of the most exciting developments in health data interoperability, says a new report by Chillmark Research, and enthusiasm for standards-based data exchange is at an all-time high. Yet...

IBM Watson Health, FDA Partner for EHR, IoT Blockchain Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

IBM Watson Health and the FDA have announced a new partnership aimed at applying blockchain technology to the challenges of securely exchanging big data across the care continuum.  The two-year research initiative will explore...

Three HIEs Connect to Create “Patient-Centered Data Home”

by Thomas Beaton

Three HIEs have established a long-term agreement to enhance health data interoperability, allowing a patient’s healthcare record to follow them across state lines. The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), Michiana Health...

What Will 2017 Bring for Healthcare Analytics, Interoperability?

by Jennifer Bresnick

After a tumultuous end to 2016, healthcare providers may be looking for a chance to catch their breath before diving back into solving some of the industry’s most intractable problems.  But the growing pressures of...

16% of Healthcare Stakeholders Plan to Use Blockchain by 2017

by Jennifer Bresnick

Blockchain may have entered the healthcare lexicon in 2016 as a somewhat fuzzy concept, but the innovative method of securing and validating data transactions is poised to take the industry by storm over the next twelve months, according...

EHRs, IoT, Revenue Cycle Bring Opportunities for Healthcare APIs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are quickly becoming a critical tool for healthcare organizations looking to build interoperable connections, and it is likely that this new standard for health data exchange will keep growing in...

Big Data, Interoperability Top Black Book’s Trends for 2017

by Thomas Beaton

Providers looking to succeed in the value-based care environment will focus on developing and implementing big data analytics technologies that will help them gain an edge with population health management, a new Black Book survey says....

PCORI to Spend $42M on Patient-Centered Comparative Research

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is living up to its name by approving $42 million in funding to support 19 new studies focusing on comparing the effectiveness of different treatments for patient care. "We are...

Groups Laud Health IT, Public Health Clauses of 21st Century Cures Act

by Jennifer Bresnick

UPDATE: President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13, 2016. The 21st Century Cures Act may have been primarily billed as a research stimulus package aimed at expanding the nation’s investment in...

CMS: New API Will Automate MACRA Quality Measure Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) is getting its very own application programming interface (API) to automate the process of sharing electronic data on quality measures, CMS announced today.  The new tool is the first of...

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