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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Lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major hurdle to the unfettered exchange of information and development of a robust health data infrastructure.
The federal government's electronic health record adoption initiative is experiencing great success so far, but the finish line is a long way off - and challenges remain as the program continues to unfold.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
The federal government is confirming the dates and agenda for a three-day public meeting in May to get industry comment on a proposed strategy for regulating health information technology.
The Houston, Texas-based Memorial Hermann Physician Network will deploy the Docbook Enterprise HIPAA-secure mobile communications technology developed by DocbookMD, Austin.
HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo region in New York, has a new service enabling hospitals to automatically submit syndromic surveillance information to the state health department.
Sensitive to charges that the rollout of Healthcare.gov was grossly mismanaged, President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an attempt to bolster the department's image with solid management credentials. Currently serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell brings a wealth of managerial experience to HHS that the administration hopes will alleviate widespread criticism of Seblius's handling of the botched rollout of President Obama's signature healthcare law.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo wants to see changes made to the Health IT Policy Committee's current "somewhat siloed" workgroup structure. In a meeting last week of the HIT Policy Committee, DeSalvo called for fewer workgroups but expansion of their scopes so that they are more "strategic and forward-thinking" with the restructuring slated to begin in May for a couple of the workgroups and the rest of the transition continuing this summer.
The three federal agencies that last week proposed a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology will hold a three-day public meeting in mid-May to get feedback from healthcare industry stakeholders on the draft report. While an official announcement of the dates and location has not yet been made, the meeting is tentatively slated for May 13-15.
Health Data Management asked healthcare CIOs, consultants and attorneys for comment on the tenure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who soon will resign after serving the nation for five years. Here is a snapshot of thoughts:
Standardizing post-discharge care at one of the University of North Carolina Hospitals clinics cut readmissions by 65 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Cloud-based physician software and billing services vendor athenahealth Inc. is expressing disappointment and frustration with a policy reversal by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. The OIG terminated its own 2011 advisory opinion regarding the company's online service that facilitates the exchange of information between healthcare providers and suppliers.
Sharing patient information within and beyond enterprise boundaries can seem like an impossible problem to solve. Vendor neutral archiving can meet growing needs for efficient delivery of comprehensive patient information.
Clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, are conducting a pilot program in which notes they write about patients' mental health treatment is shared with those patients
The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania (HSXSEPA), the health information exchange for the five-county area surrounding Philadelphia, wasn't one of the first HIEs out of the blocks, but Executive Director Martin Lupinetti believes the organization, which tested its first live exchange of a CCD document in December 2013, is on solid ground.