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How FHIR Offers a New Approach to Working with Healthcare Data

October 12, 2017 - Healthcare organizations seeking a simple, intuitive, and standardized way to solve many of their most pressing big data problems don’t have to look much further than the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR. The internet-based data exchange standard has been taking the industry by storm, powering a new generation of applications that deliver detailed clinical...


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Five Blockchain Use Cases for Healthcare Payers, Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The distributed ledger methodology known as blockchain is piquing interest in the healthcare industry as organizations search for more secure and trusted strategies for managing big data.  By decentralizing ownership of key data sets, yet...

Blockchain Activity Grows Sharply for Healthcare Payers, Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Blockchain has come to healthcare in a big way during 2017, generating significant interest among providers and payers as an innovative way to bolster data exchange while keeping sensitive information secure. The distributed ledger methodology...

Illinois Aims to Put Baby’s First Health Data on the Blockchain

by Jennifer Bresnick

Babies born in Illinois may soon have one of their foundational health documents stored on the blockchain.  The state, which is taking the lead in exploring the use of blockchain for healthcare-related issues such as provider identity management,...

HIV/AIDS Patient Registries, EHR Use Improve Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

The combination of an electronic health record (EHR) and a digital patient registry is starting to significantly improve care for individuals with HIV and AIDS in a number of clinics and health systems across the country, says ONC Chief Medical...

Health Data Exchange Could Save Medicare $3.12 Billion a Year

by Jennifer Bresnick

An integrated national health data exchange system could reduce Medicare spending by more than $3 billion each year by enhancing coordinated care and fostering more effective population health management programs, asserts a new study by researchers...

Can $10B Solve Healthcare’s Big Data Analytics, Productivity Woes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

“Give me a lever long enough and a firm place to stand, and I shall move the world,” declared Archimedes in defense of the notion that with the right tools in place, the targeted application of a little force could shift a mass that...

CHIME, DirectTrust Partner for “Universal” Health Data Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

CHIME and DirectTrust have entered a partnership geared towards enabling the “universal deployment” of the DirectTrust secure health data exchange framework, the two organizations announced today. The healthcare CIO professional organization...

Patient Matching, Health IT Standards Critical for Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Trustworthy interoperability of accurate, meaningful, and timely health data must be predicated upon reliable patient matching techniques and widely shared health IT standard, states the Pew Charitable Trusts in a letter addressed to National...

How Healthcare Big Data Analytics Helps Build Smart Societies

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers often have little choice but to focus completely on conquering the constant stream of EHR grunt work, reporting requirements, and minor administrative emergencies that make up the majority of day-to-day practice.  While...

Illinois to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Credential Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Illinois Blockchain Initiative is partnering with industry coalition Hashed Health to explore how to apply distributed ledger technology to the complex issue of managing credentials and licensure for healthcare professionals. The pilot program...

83% of Life Science Execs Expect Healthcare Blockchain in 5 Years

by Jennifer Bresnick

The majority of leaders in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries expect a rapid uptake of healthcare blockchain tools, says the Pistoia Alliance in a new survey.  More than 80 percent of respondents to a webinar-based poll said...

NY Public, Private HIEs Connect for Population Health Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Public and private health information exchange (HIE) networks in New York State are teaming up to improve population health management in the nation’s most crowded metropolitan region. Healthix, the largest public HIE in the country, has...

New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare providers....

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...

CVS Retail Clinics, VA Partner for Care Coordination, Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

Phoenix-area veterans who typically receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a new option for minor ailments: a local CVS Minute Clinic.  In an effort to improve care coordination and expand access to care for veterans,...

Top 4 Ways to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Data Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

Along with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, blockchain has rapidly risen to become one of the healthcare industry’s most talked-about technologies.  The distributed ledger methodology promises...

Physician Portal Aids Data Exchange for Stand-Alone Hospital

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much of the healthcare industry is turning to mergers, acquisitions, and economies of scale to combat the financial challenges of value-based care, there are still more than a few organizations that have committed to operational independence....

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange. In just a few...

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