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 much fanfare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in April sent a report to Congress on the problem of electronic health information blocking. Now, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association is asking ONC to clarify its definition of information blocking.
To expand its population health capabilities, Geisinger Health System has turned to Epics core competitor, Cerner Corp., for its HealtheIntent population health management analytics platform.
Accountable care organizations need a strong health IT infrastructure and the ability to exchange health data across disparate systems and settings if they are to succeed, a WEDI study suggests.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General says information blocking may affect electronic health records safe harbor protections under the federal anti-kickback statute.
EHR vendor Cerner has unveiled a production version of Health Level Sevens Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) framework for information sharing based on the latest web standards. The companys customers will beta test Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies (SMART)an application programming interface on FHIR applicationsin Cerners Millennium EHR system, with an initial catalog of SMART on FHIR apps generally available by the end of the year.
The healthcare industry hoped that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which accounts for one-third of the nations health insurance and mostly controls the rest of the healthcare industry, would have some idea of how healthcare organizations live and die outside of the Washington Beltway.
Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to strengthen accountability and improve transparency in health information technology systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a massive final rule making modifications to Stages 1 and 2 of the Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use program, covering 2015 through 2017. The rule also finalizes Stage 3. What are the key takeaways? We distill the top things to know for healthcare IT executives.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday released the final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, garnering both praise and condemnation from stakeholders. But, with strong opposition to the regulations from some industry groups and lawmakers, as well as the opportunity for a 60-day public comment period, the rule may not stand in its current form.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released its final Interoperability Roadmap laying out near-term, mid-term, and long-term goals to advance the safe and secure exchange of electronic health information nationwide.
Its interesting to see so much recent action theres been on an issue where politicians and clinical leaders traditionally feared to tread. But, not surprisingly, the effort is going down a technologically and politically tortuous path.
In recent months, the Senate health committee has conducted six hearings exploring the successes and problems associated with the electronic health record meaningful use program. Chairman Lamar Alexander has been critical of how Stages 2 and 3 were put together, with low attestation rates for Stage 2 and fears that Stage 3 is being rushed. The committee is pressing hard for the government to delay release of the final Stage 3 rule until January 2017; Alexander has spelled out five reasons why the delay is crucial.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment. However, industry observers contend that several standards and specifications in the draft advisory are not widely deployed in the healthcare industry and are unproven.
The federal governments Meaningful Use program is hindering, not helping, private sector efforts aimed at enabling nationwide electronic health record interoperability.
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