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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Risk management software vendor TASCET Inc. of Madison, Wis, has introduced a unique patient identifier for providers, insurers, health information exchanges and other healthcare organizations.
The Senate health committee by unanimous consent has sent the nomination of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to be assistant secretary of Health and Human Services to the Senate floor for an upcoming vote following the August recess. DeSalvo for several months has been the acting assistant secretary in addition to remaining the ONC leader.
Care standards and protocols to support data exchange in emergency department electronic health records need to be developed, including workflow optimizations and pushing of important information to the clinician through flags in the EHR.
A global survey of more than 1,000 online users in the healthcare market finds that while many providers use the web to better serve patients, there is plenty of room for improvement.
The promise for big data looms large so large, in fact, that its become difficult to separate the facts from the hype.
Nursing Informatics Boot Camp, led by veteran educator Susan Newbold, RN, has camps scheduled this fall in five regions.
HIE network eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of healthcare organizations who securely share clinical information over the Internet using a common set of standards and specifications, has reached 100 members and expects to connect 40 percent of U.S. hospitals by the end of the year.
Every healthcare organization goes through some type of system upgrade or implementation. Its common to develop a detailed project plan to ensure all tasks are performed and all deadlines are met. But what may look like a well designed plan on paper may not anticipate day-to-day issues that can put an implementation at risk.
As the U.S. Senate works on its own version of the 21st Century Cures Act, including several health IT provisions, the Bipartisan Policy Center is recommending HIT regulations that go above and beyond those approved earlier this month by the House of Representatives.
Major government contractor Leidos and software vendor Cerner Corp. have been awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to provide the U.S. military with a commercial-off-the-shelf electronic health records system, beating two other finalist teams that included vendors Epic Systems and Allscripts.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making available more than $38 million in grants to 20 organizations in 19 states to increase the adoption and use of interoperable health IT tools and services that support the electronic exchange of health information.
Outsourcing in healthcare IT departments is a challenging topic for CIOs and other healthcare executives. However, there are several factors to consider in making an objective decision on outsourcing.
Pioneering public health departments across the country are exploring using non-clinical datasets such as census data to better plan their services, but a group of researchers at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute also believe combining such data with clinical data could be valuable for health delivery systems and accountable care organizations, as well as supply a value-add service for health information exchanges.
If the Obama administrations $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative is to succeed, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system to better enable big data analytics to be used in genomic research.
Federal lawmakers are noticing some dark clouds surrounding the electronic health records meaningful use program to prod providers to adopt EHRs. With rising recent struggles in the program, lawmakers may be poised to intervene to push back the programs third stage.