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David Raths

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David Raths



David Raths’ blog focuses on health IT policy issues ranging from patient privacy to genomic...

What Are Top Use Cases for a Population-Level Data API?

March 7, 2018  |  David Raths
A December 2017 meeting involving ONC identified a path for future work on a FHIR-based population-level data API.

QHIN Questions

February 28, 2018  |  David Raths
In late January when I wrote a story about an ONC presentation on its draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), I chose the headline, “What Will TEFCA Mean for Regional HIEs?” because right away it seemed obvious to me that HIEs might see this as more of a threat than an opportunity.

Rethinking the Multi-Institution Clinical Data Repository

February 22, 2018  |  David Raths
The evolution in approach at Health Sciences South Carolina may signal a sea change in how large clinical data repositories work.

What Will TEFCA Mean For Regional HIEs?

January 30, 2018  |  David Raths
The ONC’s draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) is an ambitious plan to jolt the sluggish pace of progress on interoperability between providers, particularly in the ambulatory space. How will it impact the sustainability of local health information exchanges?

JASON Report: Hype About AI in Healthcare Might Be Justified This Time

January 22, 2018  |  David Raths
Predicting the impact of artificial intelligence on healthcare is occupying a lot of technology experts these days, including JASON, a federal advisory group made up of independent elite scientists.

An Exciting New Year for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

January 8, 2018  |  David Raths
It’s an exciting time in the world of pragmatic clinical trials, as the big data from EHRs and claims data starts to bring back answers to interesting research questions.

Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2017: A Baker’s Dozen

December 19, 2017  |  David Raths
Each year I like to look back through my interviews at some of the quotes from industry leaders that intrigued me the most to see if they help elucidate any patterns that I might miss in my day-to-day reporting on informatics trends.

Talking Semantic Interoperability with the VA’s Keith Campbell

December 18, 2017  |  David Raths
Is focusing on FHIR like starting to build a skyscraper on the third floor? That’s what the VA's Keith Campbell argues. His focus — on the ground floor — is semantic interoperability.

Study Identifies Seven Barriers to Research on Impact of HIEs

December 14, 2017  |  David Raths
Despite the public and private investments made in health information exchanges, there have been relatively few empirical research studies on their impact. Why is that?

With Pilots Done, What’s Next for Sync for Genes?

December 1, 2017  |  David Raths
Sync for Genes was established to expedite the use of standards to enable patients’ ability to share their genomics information. What did pilot projects find?