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Is New Meaningful Use Policy Needed for EHR Interoperability?


Despite the toll that meaningful use has taken on the provider community, no one can dispute that the EHR Incentive Programs have been successful in producing rapid, game-changing results for the healthcare industry.  With EHRs in nearly every...

Blue Button Makes Progress with Patient Engagement, PHRs


The Blue Button project continues to make strides towards increasing patient engagement and expanding access to personal health records (PHRs), according to survey results from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). The late 2014...

72% of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Hospitals Report on Public Health


Nearly three quarters of hospitals that have attested to Stage 2 meaningful use reported on all applicable public health measures in 2014, including sending data to patient immunization registries and syndromic surveillance programs as well as...

WEDI Fields Survey to Gauge ROI of Health Information Exchange


The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is asking the healthcare industry to participate in a poll to gauge the financial impacts of health information exchange and health IT interoperability.  In an effort to quantify whether stakeholders...

Have EHRs Really Done Anything for Health IT Interoperability?


Five skeptical Senators have taken issue with the healthcare industry’s $35 billion investment in EHRs and other technological infrastructure, using a Health Affairs blog post to question whether the EHR Incentive Programs have really helped...

New EHRA Workgroup to Focus on Health IT, Accountable Care


A new workgroup from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) will focus on developing and disseminating best practices for leveraging health IT to speed the spread of accountable care, improve patient safety, raise quality, and...

Building the Team for Big Data Analytics, Population Health


Healthcare organizations are becoming increasingly aware that the future of financial sustainability and care quality will rely on a robust health IT infrastructure that enables big data analytics and population health management. Providers must...

ICD-10, Population Health Management Atop Hospital Budgets


Hospitals and health systems are snapping up technology tools to help them manage the ICD-10 transition, according to a report from market research company peer60, but the largest healthcare organizations have moved beyond the basics of ICD-10...

Illinois Health Information Exchange Hits 1 Million Records


The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange has accomplished in six months what many other HIEs are still trying to achieve: the secure exchange of data covering one million patient lives in its designated local region.  The Illinois-based...

Calls Increase for Better Medical Device Surveillance Systems


In a new report advocating more robust medical device surveillance from the FDA, the Brookings Institution is adding to industry requests that healthcare analytics move past EHR data to better integrate patient safety and care quality information...

Why EHR Adoption in the ED is Crucial for Population Health


Despite generally high levels of EHR adoption among larger hospitals and physician practices, thanks to the goading of the EHR Incentive Programs, emergency departments (EDs) continue to struggle not only to implement EHR software, but to use...

How Health Information Exchange Models Impact Data Analytics


Health information exchange is both a verb and a noun, and it’s hard to have one without the other.  While HIE can be as simple as sending a secure Direct message to a specialist or connecting several local providers through their EHRs, large-scale...

Health Information Exchange Data Scarce, Inaccurate, Incomplete


Health information exchange is one of the key building blocks of an interoperable, coordinated healthcare system, yet the overwhelming majority of providers remains isolated and unconnected to their peers in a meaningful way, according to the...

Patient Engagement a Low Priority for Healthcare Organizations


Despite being touted as a major part of the healthcare reform puzzle, patient engagement is not high on the priority lists of provider organizations, claims a new report by Chillmark Research.  With many organizations relying on basic patient...

HIM, Revenue Cycle Analytics to Overtake EHR Purchasing


Revenue cycle analytics, health information management, and administrative IT systems are slated to overtake the EHR purchasing market for hospitals within the next few years, according to a new Frost and Sullivan report.  As EHR adoption reaches...

$28 Million ONC Grant to Foster Health IT Interoperability


The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology is funding a $28 million, two-year grant program to support health IT interoperability tools and services that exchange health information, according to a blog post...

ONC Health IT Interoperability Roadmap Stresses Data Standards


The Office of the National Coordinator is refining its course towards health IT interoperability with the release of a detailed plan to achieve nationwide health information exchange entitled Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared...

Medical Device Integration Brings Real-Time Data, Better Workflow


At the University of Arkansas Medical Center last year, Director of Clinical Informatics and Innovation Amy Hester, PhD(c), BSN, RN, BC, has had a pair of huge health IT projects on her hands.  Not only was the 517-bed academic medical center...

350 Kaiser Permanente Clinics Reach HIMSS Analytics Stage 7


Hundreds of clinics in the Kaiser Permanente healthcare system have received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award from HIMSS Analytics, recognizing their robust use of data analytics, health information exchange, and EHR infrastructure to foster population...

AAFP Asks ONC for Simplified Path to Health IT Interoperability


Industry-wide health IT interoperability is a top priority for the Office of the National Coordinator, but the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) would like to see a smoother, easier path towards achieving the goals of the ONC’s data...


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