The New York eHealth Collaborative has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Informatics Corporation of American (Nashville, Tenn.) to join the public-private multi-state working group comprised of Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendors, Health Information Exchange (HIE) vendors and states. The group is looking to create common standards, and is committed to develop the technical specifications to enable “plug and play” connectivity between EHRs and HIEs.
The group includes federally designated counterparts in California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Oregon all representing approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population. The collaboration leverages existing published standards for interoperability from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The goal of this effort is to establish a single set of easily implementable standards that will enable connection and adoption of EHRs and HIEs.
Participants in the workgroup have agreed to develop strategies, requirements, standards and certification criteria to connect EHRs to HIEs to enable the broad adoption of health information among providers. The goal will be the fully operational connection between EHRs and state, regional and integrated delivery network (IDN) HIEs.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.