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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Nineteen health information exchanges have officially launched the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, a new trade association for HIEs, and are seeking additional members.
New York State lawmakers have approved $45 million in 2015-16 funding for the states health data exchange--the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY)--which aids providers and patients in accessing data from EHRs throughout the state.
Open source software licenses increasingly are becoming common, but they still are subject to license agreements even if the price is free. And not all open source is really open source.
The United States isn't alone in suffering from a lack of interoperability between electronic health records. Our neighbors to the north are experiencing similar difficulties with their EHR systems.
Though health information exchanges are supposed to improve the speed, quality, safety and cost of patient care, there is little evidence of these benefits in existing HIE studies.
Population health management vendor ZeOmega has acquired HealthUnity, which operates a health information exchange that also offers master person index, referral management, and patient consent management software.
Nearly 75 percent of American adults surveyed believe it is very important that their critical health information should be easily shared between physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to a survey released by the Society of Participatory Medicine and conducted by ORC International.
A lack of interoperability among electronic health records systems is hindering the ability of registrieslarge databases that collect information on groups of patients treated for a particular medical conditionto extract clinical and outcomes data from EHRs for the medical device approval process.
With all the talk these days about healthcare harnessing the power of big data, the industry is just starting to take advantage of the tsunami of data being generated by a myriad of sources, according to Victor Dzau, M.D., president of the Institute of Medicine.
Proposed rules for Stage 3 of meaningful use offer hospitals some flexibility in hitting required objectives, but hospital CIOs find some challenging targets in their initial review of the regulation.
Eight months ago, Intermountain Healthcare was facing the task of making more than 200 interfaces to support its migration from a homegrown electronic health record to the Millennium EHR suite from Cerner, which began with signing a contract in 2013.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) has introduced H.R. 1470 to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that Medicare uses to pay physicians. The bill as introduced does not include language to change policy on the ICD-10 compliance date or the two-midnight rule pertaining to hospital payments. However, it does lay out a program to have widespread electronic health records interoperability in 2019, with the threat that certified EHRs not supporting interoperability could be decertified.
In an effort to find a universal solution for accurately matching patients with their health information, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has issued a $1 million challenge to innovators to develop a national patient ID.
Nurses believe medical errors could be reduced if the medical devices hospitals rely on for testing, monitoring, and treating patients could seamlessly share information, according to results of a new national survey.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has drafted legislation that would establish a congressionally-appointed advisory committee to develop an EHR interoperability standard required for certification that would go into effect by 2018.