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VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

In Pennsylvania, Regional HIEs are Working Competitively—and Collaboratively, Too

August 15, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders of two health information exchanges in Pennsylvania discuss strategies for HIE success, and also how they are collaborating in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Getting Granular on Cybersecurity: Experts Talk Frameworks and Hacks in Philadelphia

August 14, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit Series-Philadelphia, healthcare IT leaders from the government, the provider sector, and the health plan sector shared perspectives on the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the industry right now

Direct and FHIR: Can They Work Hand-in-Hand?

August 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The DirectTrust has released a white paper that proposes how FHIR and Direct communities and technical specifications for each standard should relate to each other to offer new value.

Health IT Now Coalition Applauds ONC’s New Certification Testing Plan

August 7, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ONC's recent announcement that it will transition to using industry-developed tools for its certification program was met with praise by the Health IT Now coalition—a group that has been critical of ONC in the past.

Pew Charitable Trust Urges VA to Prioritize Interoperability, Patient Safety

August 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs needs to prioritize the interoperable exchange of health data and improved patient safety as it transitions from its VistA electronic health record (EHR) system to a commercial-off-the-shelf EHR system provided by Cerner.

AMIA Submits Feedback on ONC’s Interoperability Framework

July 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework.

ONC Seeking Applications to Health IT Advisory Committee

July 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is currently seeking applications for the newly formed 25-member Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).

Beyond EHR Optimization: The Advisory Board’s Barras Parses the Post-Implementation Challenges Facing CIOs

July 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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As the leaders of patient care organizations move forward into the post-EHR-implementation phase, they face a welter of challenges around interoperability and analytics for performance improvement, says Rob Barras of The Advisory Board Company

AMIA Backs Federal Health IT R&D Framework, Offers Recommendations

July 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In comments submitted to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, AMIA applauded federal officials for developing a draft strategic framework for health IT research and development.

Could Apple’s Latest Venture into Health IT Disrupt the Entire Industry?

June 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Apple is in talks with a multitude of healthcare stakeholders with eyes on turning your iPhone into a centralized bank for medical information.

Home Remedies for Innovation Constipation

June 26, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
commentary
Healthcare is suffering from Innovation Constipation (IC). The signs and symptoms are everywhere with more appearing daily, and the problem is particularly acute in healthcare IT. The good news: there are home remedies for IC.

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