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 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.
Carequality, a consortium of more than 70 provider, payer, vendor, government and research organizations, has developed a set of core principles for connecting established health information networks to each other.
Two years ago, seven health information technology vendors formed CommonWell Health Alliance, pledging to accelerate interoperability. Now more than 60 sites are live and five members say they are ready to take 5,000 sites live during 2015.
The CommonWell Health Alliance, a consortium of health information technology vendors working to solve the challenges of interoperability, is open to all companies committed to interoperable systems, according to McKesson, a founding member of CommonWell.
As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology finalizes its draft nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, the Federal Trade Commission has advised ONC to consider taking steps to ensure that coordinated governance by market participants does not unduly distort competition.
It was just a little more than a year ago that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched the Designated Test EHR Program to aid eligible professionals and hospitals in meeting the Stage 2 Meaningful Use transition of care objective. However, in that short amount of time, vendor participants have been playing a game of musical chairs.
Friday was the deadline for public comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITs draft nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. Comment from industry groups ran the gamut from outright support to tough criticism.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued a new white paper on health IT best practices for primary care practices to bolster adoption of the technology and to improve quality of care.