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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As open enrollment officially came to a close March 31, there have been many milestones on the way. Here are ten key dates, in reverse order, on how we got to where we are.
At last week's Federal Trade Commission workshop on healthcare competition held in Washington, industry stakeholders warned that the proliferation of closed data networks are trapping providers and patients into proprietary networks that are barriers to interoperability and competition. Specifically, they charged that some health systems block patient information sharing in ways that have antitrust implications.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Washington, D.C., is offering a $100,000 prize for the winner of the PCORI Matchmaking App Challenge, the organization's newest initiative to encourage research partnerships.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), Austin, have announced the posting of TX-HIE accreditation program criteria for public review.
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 27 plans to vote on fast-track legislation to delay the ICD-10 compliance date by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The legislation also would delay Medicare payment cuts to physicians under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula until April 1, 2015. Currently, the payment cuts go into effect on April 1, 2014.
Industry stakeholder advocacy organization eHealth Initiative is starting work on a major report to assess the transformation of the healthcare industry by 2020 and the barriers that could slow progress.
Health information exchange technology has the potential to bring patient information directly from an electronic health record to a provider delivering care.
Free software that can import data, then calculate, display, and export electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) is now certified as an inpatient electronic health record module under the 2014 Edition of the EHR meaningful use program.
The changing market climate has improved incentives for the adoption of healthcare information technology and health information exchange and as a result HIT and HIE are beginning to take off, according to Micky Tripathi, president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.
Up until five years ago, the healthcare system had notably underinvested in electronic health records and health information exchange compared both to other sectors in the economy and other industrialized countries, said
Kettering Health, a seven-hospital system headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, is now sending reportable lab results for eight facilities directly to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) via the Cincinnati-based health information exchange, HealthBridge.
A survey of self-selected respondents, most of whom track personal health data via wearable devices, smartphones or Web sites, finds they have strong interest in contributing and using the data for research. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Data Exploration project at University of California San Diego conducted the survey. UCSD recruited participants through postings on related Web sites, press releases and social media channels including blogs and Tweets. A new report offers interesting findings.
Healthcare Access San Antonio, the health information exchange for south central Texas, has selected New York City-based Mana Health's Patient Gateway as its patient portal.
While doctors recognize the important advances that electronic health records have enabled, they have serious concerns about the negative impact that EHRs are currently having on their professional lives and patient care, according to a March 12 blog by the RAND Corporation. Moreover, physicians worry that EHRs are significantly more expensive than anticipated which is creating uncertainties about the sustainability of their use.
The FDA has told Congress that its risk-based regulatory plan for health information technology is coming soon.
Emergency department physicians who accessed an upstate New York health information exchange's data were able to reduce the odds of patients being admitted to the hospital by 30 percent, according to a new study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.