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Healthcare Interoperability

CMS Sets Rules, Cautions Penalties for Information Blocking, APIs, FHIR

February 11, 2019 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator have released long-awaited proposed rules governing interoperability, health data blocking, the use of APIs, and the expanding role of FHIR. Just ahead of the 2019 HIMSS Convention in Orlando, CMS has outlined the definitions for what constitutes information blocking – a hotly debated topic since the passage of the 21st Century Cures...


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Aetna, Anthem, IBM Announce Healthcare Blockchain Collaborative

by Jessica Kent

Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), PNC Bank and IBM have announced a new collaborative that will leverage blockchain technology to enhance interoperability and transparency in healthcare. The aim is to create an...

ONC Releases 2019 Health Data Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Jessica Kent

ONC has released the 2019 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), which includes updated standards and implementation specifications to address health data exchange needs. In a recent blog post, Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, Chris Muir, and...

HHS: Data Access, Analytics Are Essential for Patient-Centered Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare organizations are making progress towards a more interoperable data ecosystem, but patients, providers, and payers are still facing data access, integration, and analytics challenges that are holding back the promise of...

Rucker: Without APIs, Artificial Intelligence Will Fail in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the healthcare industry looks just over the horizon to a busy, eventful, and competitive 2019, artificial intelligence tools are likely to take on an increasingly important role across the care continuum. Payers, providers, and health...

Blockchain Offers Promising Path to Better Provider Directory Data

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the volume of big data continues to increase exponentially and the pressure to reduce wasteful spending intensifies, healthcare organizations are broadening their search for secure and seamless data management strategies. More and more...

FHIR Testing Tools Can Foster Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

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...

Blockchain Key to Enhancing Clinical Research, Patient Data Sharing

by Jessica Kent

Blockchain may be the key to accelerating clinical research, according to a new report by Deloitte, due to the technology’s potential to streamline data sharing and enhance interoperability. Large volumes of high-quality patient...

The Sequoia Project Announces New Interoperability Cooperative

by Jessica Kent

The Sequoia Project has launched a new public-private cooperative called Interoperability Matters, which will invite experts from the health IT community to identify and improve barriers to nationwide health information...

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...

Are Universal EHRs Key to Healthcare Value, Trust, and AI Adoption?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers in the United States generally don’t harbor very warm feelings for their electronic health records (EHRs). Despite efforts from vendors and regulators to improve the experience of interacting with these...

Improving Care Coordination, Data Exchange with Direct Messaging

by Jessica Kent

Meaningful care coordination and more efficient clinical workflows depend on seamless data exchange between primary care providers, specialists, and their patients. While much of the industry has struggled to create sufficient...

Amazon, Google, IBM Pledge Health Data Standards, Interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

Half a dozen of the biggest names in technology – Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, and Oracle – have joined together to pledge speedy progress towards true health data interoperability. In a letter issued by the...

Verma: CMS Will “Use Every Lever” for Promoting Interoperability, Data Access

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is doubling down on its commitment to health data interoperability and ensuring that patients have comprehensive access to their own health data, said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in an...

Patient Matching Issues Increase Costs, Threaten Patient Safety

by Jessica Kent

Patient matching issues that result in duplicate records and repeated medical care cost an average of $1950 per patient per inpatient stay and over $800 per ED visit, according to a Black Book survey of 1392 health technology...

Carequality Interoperability Framework Links Over 600K Providers

by Jessica Kent

Carequality, an interoperability initiative of the Sequoia Project, recently announced that its interoperability framework now connects more than 600,000 providers, 1,250 hospitals, and 35,000 clinics...

CMS Announces Patient-Centered Data Sharing Initiative

by Jennifer Bresnick

LAS VEGAS - CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced a new initiative to ensure that patients remain at the center of the healthcare system as providers and payers continue to transition to value-based care.   The MyHealthEData...

Change Healthcare Pushes Scale, Finds Value in Blockchain

by Jennifer Bresnick

Blockchain has quickly risen to become one of the most talked-about technologies in the healthcare sector and elsewhere, dangling a tantalizing “chain of trust” in front of an industry yearning for easier, more secure, and more...

A Mere 3% of LTPAC Orgs Have Healthcare Data Analytics Tools

by Jennifer Bresnick

Only a miniscule percentage of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations are leveraging health IT to conduct data analytics that would help reduce costs or prevent readmissions, says a new survey from Black Book. Just 3 percent...

NIH Awards $9M for Open Source, Cloud-Based Big Data Commons

by Jennifer Bresnick

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected twelve recipients of $9 million in grant funding to support the development of an open source, cloud-based data common for biomedical big data. The pilot phase of the NIH Data Commons...

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