Federal HIT Committees OK Public API Recommendations to ONC

October 15, 2014     David Raths
An Oct. 15 joint Health IT Policy/Standards Committee meeting approved a set of task force recommendations that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services focus effort on a public API (application...

Survey: HIEs Still Struggling With EHR Interfaces

October 8, 2014     David Raths
The eHealth Initiative’s 11th annual data exchange survey found that, as in previous years, challenges to interoperability include financial costs of building interfaces, getting consistent and timely response from EHR vendor interface developers, and...

North Carolina HIEs Partner to Share Patient Health Records

September 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Two North Carolina health information exchanges (HIEs)—Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect and Mission Health Connect—have agreed to share the health records of patients across the Carolinas.

In Houston, Imaging is Included in the HIE

September 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Greater Houston Health Connect, a public nonprofit regional HIE, covering 20 counties in southeastern Texas, is bringing images into the HIE. Phil Beckett, Ph.D, CTO and acting CEO, explains to HCI why this is a worthy investment in a Q&A.

What Caused the Fall of the Nevada HIE?

September 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
By a vote of four to two, the Nevada Health Information Exchange (NV-HIE) was ordered to its death in January of last year. As HIEs across the country struggle with sustainability, Healthcare Informatics looks at why this one failed.

Nine Calif. HIEs Sign Data Trust Agreement

September 22, 2014     David Raths
California has taken a significant step on the road to health data interoperability. Nine health information exchange organizations have signed the California Data Use and Reciprocal Support Agreement (CalDURSA), a multi-party trust agreement designed to...

Achieving Statewide Connectivity and Interoperability Down Under: New South Wales’s Experience So Far

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia, is in the middle of groundbreaking work that is making EHR data and diagnostic images available at an unprecedented level of access and seamlessness, on behalf of that state’s people

In Dallas, Partnering with Social Services on Holistic View of the Patient

September 9, 2014     David Raths
It is time for healthcare providers to take a more holistic view of the lives of their patients and build stronger relationships —and data connections — to community social service agencies. The Dallas Information Exchange Portal is doing just that.

Making Headway With Data Exchange in the Big Apple

September 3, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In advance of the Health IT Summit in New York, to be held September 16-17, Gil Kuperman, M.D., Ph.D., director, interoperability informatics at New York Presbyterian Hospital, talks to HCI about the key issues around exchanging data in new models of care.

Mass. Public Health and HIE: MU and Beyond

August 20, 2014     David Raths
One of the strongest use cases for statewide health information exchanges involves easing reporting to public health agencies. The HIE can provide a single conduit for providers to meet many reporting obligations. In Massachusetts, progress is underway on...

Kansas HIE Makes Progress on PHR, Behavioral Data

August 19, 2014     David Raths
Now that it has real-time clinical information on over one million patients, the Kansas Health Information Network is developing alerts and reporting templates for providers. KHIN also has started including behavioral healthcare data, resulting in a more...

Why I’ve Got the Blues Over HIE

August 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
At a time when HIE is at a crossroads, two rival health insurers in California are putting their differences aside and putting down significant seed money to connect providers within the state. For that reason, I'm ecstatic and I've got the Blues.
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