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Two New Health Affairs-Published Studies Provide Intriguing Insights Into HIEs' Current Struggles

July 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Two studies of the health information exchange phenomenon, published as articles in this month’s Health Affairs, offer important insights on gaps, problems, and challenges facing HIE development going forward

Does Blockchain Have a Future in Healthcare? My Interview with Gem CEO Micah Winkelspecht

July 9, 2016  |  David Raths
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Last week, when ONC and NIST announced a challenge soliciting white papers on the topic of the use of blockchain technology in healthcare, it got me interested in trying to understand the concept a little better.

Study Finds that Public HIE Efforts are Declining as Researchers Question Their Long-Term Viability

July 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of community and state health information exchange (HIE) efforts—either in operational or planning mode—is declining, leaving the viability of broad clinical data exchange uncertain, according to new research in the July issue of Health Affairs.

In New Hampshire, Fighting Through Public HIE Barriers (Part 1)

June 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Loughlin, executive director of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the pubic HIE’s challenges and what’s new with the organization, now in its third year of operations.

Maine’s HIE Reports Strong Growth in Usage, Expansion of Analytics Capabilities

June 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In its latest annual report, Maine’s state HIE, HealthInfoNet, reports a 52 percent growth in the number of users accessing the system since 2014 and a 69 percent increase in the number of patients whose records have been viewed across the largely rural state.

SAMHSA Awards Opioid Treatment Continuity Grant to Arizona HIE

June 22, 2016  |  David Raths
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, approximately 1,000 OTP patients couldn’t get access to treatment. SAMHSA is working with health information exchanges on continuity solutions.

AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

June 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Following his participation in the ONC annual meeting last week, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of AMIA, spoke with HCI about the broad policy aims of his association at this moment in U.S. healthcare policy

HIEs Pilot ‘Patient-Centered Data Home’ Concept

June 1, 2016  |  David Raths
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Three health information exchanges that are members of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) have come together to pilot the concept of a patient-centered data home (PCDH).

What If Your Business Associate Went Out of Business Suddenly?

May 3, 2016  |  David Raths
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In the past when I heard consultants or corporate attorneys talk about the importance of crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s in business associate agreements, I sometimes thought they were overstating the case. No more!

HIE’s Role in the Exchange of Poisoning Information

April 28, 2016  |  David Raths
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The Utah Health Information Network will be the hub for bidirectional data flow between emergency departments and poison control centers.

Working with FHIR: Micky Tripathi’s Vision of Standards-Driven API Development in Healthcare

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, shared with me a nuanced, insightful view of the journey ahead on interoperability in healthcare—one that avoids the binary thinking so common in healthcare

At iHT2-Cleveland, Micky Tripathi Offers a Nuanced View of FHIR and Its Transformative Potential

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Industry-leading expert Micky Tripathi of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative shares his perspectives on the promise and pitfalls of leveraging the FHIR standard for application development going forward

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