Healthcare Analytics, Population Health Management, Healthcare Big Data

EHR Interoperability

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

June 13, 2017 - 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 Click Scorecard allows users to see how their electronic health record systems generate C-CDA documents, giving providers a glimpse into how they can improve...


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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 about...

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 March...

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 several...

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 blockchain’s...

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 Information...

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 interoperability,...

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 to an...

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 importance...

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. In order...

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 pleased...

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 precision medicine...

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 several efforts...

SNOMED CT Code Framework Will Aid EHR Reporting, Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

A coalition of professional pharmacy societies and other stakeholders has released a new framework for mapping medication therapy management (MTM) services to the SNOMED CT codes used for EHR documentation, interoperability efforts, and quality...

Blockchain, APIs Take a Stab at the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

by Jennifer Bresnick

Capital One is hoping to bring the blockchain and API tools to the healthcare industry by proving their value in the revenue cycle management arena.  A pair of new partnerships between the financial services company and healthcare-focused...

CancerLinQ Data Lake Gathers Electronic Records of 1M Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CancerLinQ initiative now boasts electronic health data from one million cancer patients, adding to the platform’s ability to help oncologists across the nation improve their quality of care. The project, founded in 2013 under the auspices...

Smart Big Data is Key to Population Health, Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data is everywhere in the healthcare industry, flooding in by the gigabyte each time a patient seeks care from a provider.   From intake to discharge and every step in between, a patient’s data determines what will happen,...

Top Health IT Groups Ask Congress for Patient Identification Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Nearly two dozen healthcare providers, professional groups, and interoperability organizations are urging Congress to remove language that prevents the development of improved patient identification tools.  In a letter addressed to lawmakers...

FHIR, Big Data to Support FDA Medical Device Development Network

by Jennifer Bresnick

Emerging standards that support the seamless flow of big data across multiple entities, such as FHIR, will form the foundation of the FDA’s planned National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST), states a new report from the project’s...

Precision Medicine, Data Exchange, CDS on New ONC Leader’s Agenda

by Jennifer Bresnick

Late last week, Dr. Vindell Washington stepped into the top spot of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) after Karen DeSalvo announced that she would be relinquishing the position to focus on other duties at HHS.  Washington, an...

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