Stories here include reports from the emerging exchanges across the country that are enabling data sharing among hospitals, group practices, labs, imaging facilities, pharmacies and payers. Topics include HIE governance and related standards, such as HL7.
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At the request of Congress, a Health IT Policy Committee task force will develop recommendations for removing technical and financial barriers to the interoperability of electronic health records.
As part of a rebranding effort, the non-profit Healtheway has been renamed The Sequoia Project to better reflect its mission of advancing the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange.
A coalition of 30 organizations including providers, patient advocates, payers and vendors has voiced its strong support for health IT interoperability provisions included in H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act.
Because current electronic health records are not focused on exchanging information across the continuum of care to nonmedical providers, a data infrastructure is needed that goes beyond EHRs to share data with community-based organizations across clinical settings and social services. That is the finding of a Health IT Policy Committee workgroup that met on Tuesday.
Claims clearinghouse and revenue cycle management vendor The SSI Group will resell automated claim status software from Recondo Technology.
A survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states finds that two-thirds support Direct messaging protocols as the method of choice for exchanging data via secured messaging software.
Congress increasingly is talking a good game about the need to significantly enhance interoperability of health information technology systems, but the funding purse remains closed for now.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights in 2013 issued extensive guidance on handling business associate agreements under the HIPAA privacy and security rules. LockPath, vendor of a software platform to manage corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance, has distilled the guidance down to 10 bullet points and four additional tips. Some requirements are commonly included in a business associate agreement, but others may not be.
Forty-six years of work straight out of college without a break is enough, says Richard Correll, as he gets ready to retire on June 30 from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which represents information technology leaders.
To attract health information technology vendors and buyers to the federal marketplace, the General Services Administration plans to include a special item number (SIN) for health IT offerings on its IT Schedule 70the largest, and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government.
Jim Landman, director of healthcare finance policy, perspectives and analysis for the Healthcare Financial Management Association, identifies nine key capabilities that healthcare organizations need to have to make the transformation to value-based reimbursement.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is continuing its crusade to identify ways that Congress and the Obama administration can collaborate to improve electronic health records and create industry-wide interoperability.
Too many barriers currently exist for data to be shared between government agencies and within the medical field, a group of top public officials said Wednesday in Washington.
The healthcare system in the United States is on the threshold of changing the course of the nation and what happens now can impact the life of every American more than any piece of policy or legislation we have seen in the recent past, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said Wednesday.
A survey by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology shows that consumers with lower incomes, less education and those in rural settings are less likely to use smartphone health apps, email their providers or look up test results online.