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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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced that it is winding down all operations, effective immediately, with all work slated to end by November 14, 2014. According to CCHIT, customers and business colleagues have been notified and its staff is assisting in the transition.
With last weeks announcement that National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., has left ONC and Deputy National Coordinator for HIT Jacob Reider, M.D., will depart next month, the American Medical Association has expressed its concerns that their departures are creating a leadership gap which is putting at risk the agencys progress in addressing critical challenges such as interoperability.
Soon after the announcement that Karen DeSalvo was leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, deputy national coordinator Jacob Reider announced that he soon is returning home to Albany, N.Y.
Recommendations adopted last week calling on the government to re-align the EHR meaningful use program to expand interoperability are getting kudos from industry stakeholders.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which historically has represented chief information officers, is expanding to also represent chief technology officers and chief application officers.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, is leaving the office immediately to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
A web-based system that allows preschools and child care centers to report illnesses to local public health departments could improve the detection of disease outbreaks and allow resources to be mobilized more quickly.
Adding data from a commercial prescription database and a community health information exchange to electronic health records increased the accuracy of medication lists for patients at two hospitals in upstate New York.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has released for public comment draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program expected to be formally launched in early 2015.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday discussed early strategic elements of a draft roadmap for achieving a nationwide interoperable HIT infrastructure based on input from industry stakeholders.
The American Medical Association in a 31-page letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner lays out a litany of recommendations to save Stage 2 and ensure success of Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Oct. 9 submitted its annual report to Congress updating lawmakers on the nationwide adoption of health IT and health information exchange. Though significant progress has been made, ONC acknowledges that key barriers remain.
While health information exchange organizations are growing in maturity, they continue to face cost and technical challenges that remain key barriers to interoperability, according to the eHealth Initiatives 2014 health data exchange survey.
The Federal Trade Commission and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are collaborating to promote greater competition in health IT markets.
Two agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services are seeking input from stakeholders on using health information technology to aid long-term care support services.