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Emergency Medical Service Providers Seek to Improve Data Sharing With Hospitals

October 2, 2015     David Raths
Emergency medical service providers have made progress to convert to electronic reporting in the field, but sharing of data with hospitals has so far been limited. Now efforts are under way to improve interoperability.

Study: HITECH Act Boosted EHR Use, Misses Mark with Interoperability

September 22, 2015     Heather Landi
Significant policy changes, such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, have advanced the adoption of health information technology (HIT), but, so far, these efforts have missed the overall goal of creating an...

An Imaging Vendor Evolution?

September 15, 2015     Joe Marion
Recently I had some interesting conversations about potential changes in the imaging industry that parallel changes taking place in the U.S. healthcare industry.

Task Force Calls for ‘HIE-Sensitive Measures That Matter’

September 9, 2015     David Raths
At the Sept. 9 meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, Paul Tang, M.D., the committee’s vice chair, introduced a task force’s draft recommendations on interoperability.

Is Direct the Rodney Dangerfield of Interoperability?

September 7, 2015     David Raths
Several years ago, when the Office of the National Coordinator put its weight behind the Direct protocol as a way for providers to exchange information, some people working in the health information exchange space were concerned that it was a short-term...

Bronx-Lebanon’s CMIO Faces Forward on Challenges and Opportunities

September 3, 2015     Mark Hagland
Robert Leviton, M.D., CMIO and physician advisor at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Health System in New York City, is helping to lead his colleagues forward to meet multiple challenges and opportunities

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

Execs Tell Interoperability Task Force to Focus on Use Cases

August 15, 2015     David Raths
On Aug. 14, an array of stakeholders told a Health IT Policy Committee task force that an overly broad approach focused on the concept of interoperability as a common good is less likely to succeed than one targeting specific use cases where financial...

National Quality Forum Urges Providers Forward on Data and Analytics in Healthcare

August 14, 2015     Mark Hagland
The National Quality Forum publishes a white paper analyzing how U.S. healthcare organizations can better leverage data to improve care delivery and support health system change

ONC, AHA Present Findings on Hospital Data Exchange

August 13, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly all hospitals have the infrastructure to exchange data, yet just 25 percent of hospitals nationwide are finding, sending, receiving and using data electronically, according to a report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Office of the...

Commonwealth Fund Finds Mixed Views of PCPs Towards New Payment Models

August 13, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Commonwealth Fund's new brief finds mixed views among PCPs of new payment models, including ACOs and PCMHs—but more positive perceptions of healthcare IT


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