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 alert issued recently by The Joint Commission, citing the risks and socio-technical factors leading to health information technology sentinel events, has spawned both supporters and detractors.
Health IT is just beginning to show success in the exchange of health information, but clarity, standards and practical solutions remain as the major issues standing in the way of interoperability, said National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., during the closing keynote at HIMSS15.
Health information exchange among U.S. acute care hospitals grew significantly last year, according to new data from a nationwide American Hospital Association survey released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
To promote community health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available $1 million in grants to enable communities to work collaboratively to identify opportunities to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health IT tools and health information exchange services.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., told reporters at HIMSS15 this week that interoperability remains ONCs top priority and that the development of its draft nationwide Interoperability Roadmap has been an all-hands-on-deck effort in partnership with the private sector.
Weve only scratched the service on using technology to improve care, access and quality, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday at HIMSS15, and to continue along that path three main actions need to be accomplished.
A proposed federal rule setting Medicare FY 2016 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities sets no requirements nor offers substantial help for these critical partners in care coordination to adopt electronic health records and health information exchange technologies.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, an advocacy organization and advisory body to the federal government, is studying issues related to genomic data exchange, particularly how it can improve care coordination.
The Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission, which the health IT industry sponsors to accredit various types of vendors who demonstrate adherence to best business practices, is launching a new accreditation program covering personal health records and patient portals.
Health information technology vendors have made hundreds of announcements of new products and services at HIMSS15. Here is a snapshot of new stuff from some notable vendors:
The eHealth Exchange, an initiative of the non-profit Healtheway collaborative focused on advancing the implementation of interoperable nationwide health information exchange, has the distinction of being the largest HIE network in the United States.
At least four health information technology acquisitions were announced in recent days leading to the official start of the HIMSS15 Conference on Monday.
The nations largest physician organization has unveiled its plan to help doctors implement the changes required to unlock innovation and promote the adoption of new health information technologies.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has sent a report to Congress detailing how electronic health information blocking is interfering with the exchange and use of information to improve outcomes, as well as strategies to address the problem.
Though patient data mismatches remain a significant and growing problem in healthcare, ongoing congressional language in the Department of Health and Human Services appropriations prohibits HHS from using federal agency dollars to create a national unique patient identifier.