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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Health care providers and insurers across the country are discovering event notification system (ENS) capabilities supply an integral "value-add" to critical information exchange.
The projected Department of Health and Human Services information technology budget will decrease by more than 10 percent next year under President Obama's spending plan sent to Congress.
An 18-month study at HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange serving western New York, finds more than 2,700 CT scans--10 percent of the total such scans of three parts of the body ordered during the period--were potentially unnecessary duplicate scans.
Health insurers such as WellPoint and Humana stand to gain $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the laws opponents label a bailout.
While 86 percent of surveyed health care CEOs believe technological change will transform their businesses over the next five years, only 25 percent have started or completed changes to make their companies more innovative.
A comprehensive literature review prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by the RAND Corporation has found that the majority of new studies indicate that health I.T. "enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research."
Software vendors made many announcements of new products, services and initiatives during HIMSS14 in Orlando. Here's a sample.
Long-term care and behavioral health providers are important stakeholders for health care interoperability, says Doug Fridsma, M.D. of the Office of National Coordinator for HIT.
As interoperability experts made connections, the agenda was to look at wider data-sharing issues.
The statewide Florida Health Information Exchange is in the early stages of offering transition of care notification to patients health insurers and primary care physicians.
Standards development organization Health Level Seven has begun a pilot program to offer standardized interoperability testing to health care software vendors, providers and payers to reduce the cost of connectivity while improving its quality.
More than a year after the Federal Communications Commission created the $400 million annual Healthcare Connect Fund to create and expand telemedicine networks nationwide, the FCC is struggling to attract providers to take advantage of the broadband subsidy.
Tenet Healthcare Corp., with 77 hospitals in 14 states, will use the interoperability services of CommonWell Health Alliance, which seven technology companies formed in early 2013 to cooperate on systems interoperability issues.
Founding members of CommonWell are Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest, with McKessons RelayHealth unit providing the health information exchange platform. These members, according to the alliance, represent 42 percent of the acute care electronic health records market and 23 percent of
Patient portals are often considered as much a patient loyalty strategy as a clinical tool. But what if all the providers in a community contributed all their patients data to the same portal? Bad for strategic advantage, but good for patient care.
Patients in tiny Batesville, Ind., can log into one portal to see their information not only from all local providers, but from larger hospitals in Cincinnati where they often go for more complex treatments