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Health IT Interoperability

AI, Consumerism Herald a Changing Healthcare Industry at HIMSS19

January 30, 2019 - Not too long ago, “2020” was convenient shorthand for “sometime in the distant future.”  But healthcare professionals gathering in Orlando this year for the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may have the slightly uncomfortable feeling of an expectant new decade peering right over their shoulder – and gaining on them fast. In many respects, the...


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HL7 Releases FHIR Version 4.0 for Healthcare Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

HL7 International has published the long-anticipated FHIR Release 4 (R4), allowing healthcare organizations to make new leaps forward in health data interoperability. “R4 is the culmination of 18 months of extensive work to finalize...

UX, AI, and Amazon: Top 5 Healthcare Predictions for 2019

by Jennifer Bresnick

2018 was nothing if not eventful for the healthcare industry, and 2019 is already shaping up to be more of the same.  Between the federal urgency around enabling patient access to health data, the meteoric rise of artificial...

Microsoft Azure Releases Open Source FHIR Server for Health Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

Microsoft is solidifying its commitment to FHIR by announcing the availability of its new open source FHIR Server for Azure. The tool, available on GitHub, allows developers to take advantage of ready-to-use support infrastructure for...

Data Exchange, Integration Shortfalls Stymie Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Slow and uneven progress towards seamless health data interoperability is making it difficult for healthcare organizations to access the data they need for population health management, according to the 2018 CHIME Most Wired trends...

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...

EHNAC Releases 2019 Electronic Data Exchange Accreditation Criteria

by Jessica Kent

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange data, has posted new versions of its accreditation criteria for public review. EHNAC offers a...

ONC Announces Winners of $2M Health IT Interoperability Award

by Jessica Kent

ONC has announced the two winners of the Leading Edge Acceleration Edge (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity, who will receive awards totaling $2 million to address emerging and future challenges in health IT...

55% of Executives Say Blockchain Is Poised to Disrupt Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than half of IT executives strongly believe that blockchain will become a disruptive force in the healthcare industry, according to a global, cross-industry survey conducted by Deloitte, while nearly three-quarters see blockchain as a...

CMS Data Element Library Promotes Health Information Exchange

by Jessica Kent

CMS has announced the availability of the Data Element Library (DEL), a database that will promote health information exchange, increase communication among healthcare facilities, and enhance care coordination. The DEL is a free,...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Can Aid Antibiotic Stewardship

by Jessica Kent

To effectively implement antibiotic stewardship programs, hospitals should boost operations with health IT tools, improve data interoperability and data resources, and expand beyond traditional stewardship organizational models, according...

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...

athenahealth EHR App Marketplace Grows, Targets Patient mHealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

The recent flurry of interest in public application programming interfaces (APIs) as a way to connect disparate health data has prompted electronic health record vendors to open the floodgates to third-party developers with bright ideas...

Health Data Exchange, EHR Dashboards Underpin a Successful ACO

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) come in all shapes and sizes, guided by a wide range of health IT philosophies.  Some ACOs demand total technical uniformity to standardize processes, while others encourage EHR individuality and...

Big Data Interoperability a Must for Precision Medicine Progress

by Jennifer Bresnick

The United States healthcare system still has a long way to go before it develops the seamless health data interoperability required to take on the most pressing precision medicine challenges, including finding cures for cancer. According...

ONC Taps Boston Children’s for $275K FHIR, API Innovation Award

by Jennifer Bresnick

The FHIR ecosystem is still heating up as the EHR developer community searches for innovative new ways to bring application programming interfaces (APIs) into mainstream use.  Spurred on by the promise of up to $625,000 in...

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