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HIT Policy Winds Get Stronger as CMS, ONC Regulations Set to Drop Any Day

November 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The calendar has now turned to November as health IT stakeholders continue to anxiously await regulations from federal health agencies, some of which are sure to come in the next 60 days.

Industry Groups Urge ONC to Reorient Goals of EHR Reporting Program, Focus on Health IT Safety, Security

October 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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AMIA questioned the "constrained scope" of the EHR Reporting Program, noting the program should be closer to a post-implementation surveillance ecosystem, not a government-sponsored "consumer reports."

New DirectTrust CEO Sees Potential for Applying its Trust Framework in Other Healthcare Contexts

October 15, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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In July the nonprofit DirectTrust named former Cerner executive Scott Stuewe its new CEO to replace founding CEO Dr. David Kibbe. In a recent interview with Healthcare Informatics, Stuewe spoke about working more closely with EHR vendors and expanded...

VA-DoD Leaders Signal Commitment to Achieving Interoperability, but What Uphill Challenges Will They Face?

October 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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DoD and VA leaders' commitment to achieving interoperability could drive meaningful healthcare interoperability forward, but this effort faces substantial challenges.

Carequality Seeks Input on FHIR-Based Exchange

October 12, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Carequality is seeking input from the healthcare community as it looks to add support for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource)-based exchange.

National Library of Medicine Names Clem McDonald Its Chief Health Data Standards Officer

October 8, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has named Clem McDonald, M.D., to the newly created position of chief health data standards officer.

New ONC Analysis Reveals Progress on FHIR Adoption, Implementation

October 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Adoption and implementation of the HL7 FHIR standard in health IT is steadily progressing, according to a commentary post from ONC leaders.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Probing Discussion of the Value of Data Analytics

September 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh on Thursday, a panel of industry leaders considered carefully some of the value-add issues around data analytics—and the implications for healthcare IT leaders nationwide

At Partners HealthCare, Bringing Digital Transformation to Clinical Care

September 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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An innovative partnership between Partners and Persistent Systems looks to move the needle on healthcare digital transformation with the development of an industry-wide open-source platform.

EHR-Compatible Pharmacist Care Plan Standard Opens the Door to Cross-Setting Data Exchange

September 14, 2018  |  Zabrina Gonzaga, R.N., Industry Voice
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To address the issue of trapped pharmacy data, Lantana Consulting Group and Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) developed an electronic document standard for pharmacist care plans.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: An Open API Movement Seeks to Create App Ecosystem

August 30, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Regulators, health systems and innovators are working to bring an app ecosystem to healthcare, making the open API movement one of Healthcare Informatics’ Top Tech Trends to watch in 2018.

ONC Issues RFI on Electronic Health Record Reporting Program

August 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is seeking public input on reporting criteria under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program for health IT developers, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

At the SHIEC Annual Conference, National Coordinator Rucker Offers a Cautious Opening Keynote

August 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
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Donald Rucker, M.D., National Coordinator for health IT, offered attendees at the 2018 SHIEC Annual Conference a cautious overview of some of the current issues around interoperability, burden reduction, and TEFCA

Geisinger, Merck Co-Develop Patient Communication and Care Delivery Applications

August 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Geisinger Health System and global biopharmaceutical company Merck have collaborated on two new mobile applications that will aim to help patient-provider communication and medication adherence.

AHRQ Launches App Challenge for PRO Data Standardization

August 15, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a competition to address the need for greater use of standardized patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data in clinical care and research.

Amazon, Google, IBM and Other Tech Giants Pledge to Remove Barriers to Interoperability

August 14, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Six of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, IBM and Amazon, made a joint pledge at the White House Monday to remove interoperability barriers and to make progress on adoption of health data standards.

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, One ACO’s Data-Facilitated Journey Into Value

August 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What does it mean for an organization to pursue a data-facilitated journey into value-based care? Bill Gillis, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, shared his learnings and perspectives on that subject, at the Health IT Summit in Boston

At the Florida Health IT Summit, a Candid Look at the Promise and Pitfalls of Blockchain in Healthcare

July 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Benjamin D. Schanker, M.D., M.P.H. shared with attendees at the Florida Health IT Summit his perspectives, as a clinician and researcher, of the promise and pitfalls of blockchain adoption in U.S. healthcare

DirectTrust Adds Five Board Members

July 11, 2018  |  David Raths
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DirectTrust, a nonprofit organization that support health information exchange, announced the appointment of five new executives to its board of directors.

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

CMS Introduces Data Element Library

June 22, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the launch of its Data Element Library (DEL), with the overarching goal to support the exchange of electronic health information.

At Franciscan Health, an Analytics-Driven Initiative is Improving Patient Care and Reducing Costs

June 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Franciscan Health is leveraging data and analytics t o help its lower-performing physicians bring their practice in-line with their best-performing colleagues, with the goal of not only improving patient care but also reducing overall costs.

Apple to Introduce Health Records API

June 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Apple has announced that it will be introducing a Health Records API for developers and researchers with the goal “to create an ecosystem of apps that use health record data to better manage medications, nutrition plans, diagnosed diseases and more.”

At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, Industry Experts Agree: Blockchain Is in its Infancy in Healthcare

May 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A robust discussion was held at the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with industry experts parsing the challenges and potential of blockchain—including its lack of data security

National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D. Assesses Progress Towards Interoperability and the Development of Open APIs

May 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Donald Rucker, M.D. spoke recently with Healthcare Informatics about the progress towards interoperability, a key objective of the current administration—and some of the challenges and opportunities for open-API development

PODCAST: One-on-One with Cleveland Clinic’s Former CMIO Dr. Dave Levin

May 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Dave Levin, M.D. discusses the recent pieces he has written for Healthcare Informatics, on FHIR, health IT system design, and the battle for interoperability at the VA and DoD.

At HLTH, a Candid Discussion of What the Federal Government Can and Should Do to Promote Healthcare Innovation

May 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the HLTH Conference this week, Rasu Shrestha, M.D. of UPMC sat down with HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein and former United States CTO Aneesh Chopra, to discuss the federal government’s role in facilitating technology innovation

At the World Health Care Congress, HHS Secretary Alex Azar Maps Out His Agency’s Top Priorities for Industry Leaders

May 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress, HHS Secretary Alex Azar mapped out for attendees his strategic vision of where the U.S. healthcare system needs to go, and the role he sees for his agency in its transformation

Straight Talk About FHIR

April 30, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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Have you noticed the hype around FHIR? It was hard to miss at HIMSS2018, where enthusiasts proclaimed that FHIR will solve our interoperability woes. It will not, and it is essential we dispel the misconceptions and hype.

HIT Advisory Committee Advances Recommendations on Core Data for Interoperability

April 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), voted Wednesday to approve nine recommendations to update the list of data elements that vendors must exchange to be...

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