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AHA Offers Interoperability Standards Recommendations to ONC

October 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has offered feedback to the ONC on the agency’s draft Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) that it issued in August.

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

Survey: Most Vendors Not Prepared to Comply with Data Protection Standards

October 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Two thirds of healthcare industry vendors report they are not prepared to comply with HITRUST healthcare data protection standards, according to a survey by New York City-based advisory firm KPMG.

In Health Affairs Blog, DeSalvo, Washington Share Ambitions for an Interoperable Future

October 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The immediate past and current National Coordinators for HIT co-author a commentary in Health Affairs online, touting the gains made in EHR adoption, and sharing thoughts on the elements needed to produce a more digitally interoperable healthcare system

HHS Announces New Funding to Advance Common Standards

September 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced seven recipients of two funding opportunities with the aim of improving the flow of health information.

HIE Leaders Up the Ante for “Actionable Data” at New York HIT Summit

September 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
During a panel discussion on health data exchange, health IT leaders in New York discussed the core challenge of making the data it gets from New York patient care organizations usable.

At the CHIME LEAD Forum-Toronto, A Strong Focus on Cybersecurity Challenges

September 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Healthcare IT leaders came together on Tuesday in Toronto, at the CHIME LEAD Forum-Toronto, to get into granular discussions of the cybersecurity challenges facing Canadian, U.S., and global healthcare

In Briefing with Trade Press, Dr. Vindell Washington Affirms ONC’s Data Sharing Priorities

September 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
During a small gathering with health IT trade press on Sept. 19, Vindell Washington, M.D., newly-appointed National Coordinator for Health IT, reiterated the ONC's overarching goal to improve healthcare interoperability through a variety of initiatives.

Washington Debrief: ONC Announces Winners of App Challenges

August 29, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
ONC has prioritized efforts to enable patients and clinicians to easily aggregate health information across health IT platforms, with an emphasis on the use open APIs and FHIR.

Regenstrief Informatics Center to Pilot FHIR within Indiana Health Information Exchange

August 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics is piloting the use of FHIR to merge data from individual electronic medical records (EMRs) with those stored in the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC).

Newly Launched FHIR-Based Pharmacogenomics API Looks to Accelerate Precision Medicine

August 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new application programming interface (API) that aims to aid health systems, labs and software developers to accelerate apps focused on precision medicine has been launched by Bellevue, Wash.-based Translational Software.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy


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