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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With interoperability challenges continuing to plague the healthcare industry and impatience growing among consumers and providers, the eHealth Initiative on Thursday announced the first set of priorities for its 2020 Roadmap designed to to enable coordinated efforts by public and private sector organizations to transform care delivery through data exchange and health information technology.
With National HIT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo recently transferred to another position in the Department of Health and Human Services to assist in Ebola management work, many other officials leaving in recent months and Jacob Reider soon also to depart, there has been talk of a brain drain at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Georgia Health Information Network, the states health information exchange, and South Carolinas Health Information Exchange have announced the successful launch of the connection between the two statewide networks.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a new challenge to help bridge technological gaps by bringing together healthcare organizations and innovative companies through $300,000 in pilot funding awards.
MDLIVE, a vendor of telehealth services, has acquired Breakthrough Behavioral, which specializes in offering video counseling to mental health professionals and their patients. Terms were not disclosed.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society are the latest industry groups to express their concerns regarding leadership transitions within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Geisinger Health System in Danville, Penn. and xG Health Solutions, a Geisinger spinoff that opened in 2013, say they have exchanged clinical data in real-time within the Cerner Corporation EHR framework for an in-house app originally developed for the Epic EHR.
Despite privacy and security concerns over their medical records, consumers overwhelmingly want their providers to share information, according to a nationwide survey by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
With Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress in January, some health information technology legislation that has languished might get resurrected in 2015, and efforts to challenge the statutory authority of federal agencies to regulate HIT also may be renewed.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., will continue to work on high-level policy issues at ONC despite being named Acting Assistant Secretary for Health to help with the Obama administrations Ebola response effort.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has named Anjum Khurshid to the HIT Policy Committee that advises federal officials on health information technology issues, and has reappointed three members of the complementary HIT Standards Committee.
As the healthcare industry moves away from a fee-for-service system, a health IT infrastructure needs to be put in place to support the more complex business and clinical processes required for accountable care models. However, interoperability and other technology challenges continue to dog providers as they transition to a value-based payment environment.
Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Bassett Healthcare Network has joined Hixny, the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) serving more than 1.6 million customers in the Greater Capital Region and northern New York.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a final rule for the Medicare home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2015 including language on the use of electronic health records by home health agencies.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has joined forces with healthcare technology research organization KLAS Enterprises.