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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.

Health IT Now Pushes for Information Blocking Regulation, Says Administration “Must Uphold its End of the Bargain”

September 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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The executive director of Health IT Now, a coalition of healthcare and technology companies, is again criticizing the Trump administration for not yet publishing any regulation on information blockin

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.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2018: Could A New Interoperability Wrinkle Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Challenge?

August 29, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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In recent proposed regulations, federal health leaders have clamped down in their ongoing effort to guide stakeholders to greater interoperability.

Senators Require Information Blocking Update by Sept. 30

August 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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Lawmakers are requiring the Trump administration to provide Congress with an update, by September 30, on its progress establishing information blocking regulations that are required under the 21st Century Cures Act.

Epic Plans Meeting for Non-Epic Users on Data Sharing Capabilities

August 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Verona, Wis.-based Epic is inviting healthcare provider organizations that don’t use Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) to its “un-Users Group Meeting” at its Verona headquarters to learn how to exchange data with Epic.

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.

Industry Stakeholders Urge ONC to Move Forward on Information Blocking Rules

August 8, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a strongly worded letter to National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D., several healthcare and health IT industry groups expressed frustration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s lack of progress in publishing information blocking...

CommonWell, Carequality Connectivity Now Live; Organizations Announce Limited Roll-Out of Health Data Exchange

August 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi and Rajiv Leventhal
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Building on an announcement made almost two years ago, CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality announced today initial connectivity, which is the beginning of a broader effort to increase health data exchange nationwide.

Direct Exchange Transactions Increased 26 Percent in Q2 2018

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Use of Direct messages to transmit health information continues to grow steadily, according to DirectTrust, as there were 50.5 million Direct exchange transactions in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 26 percent over the same period last year.

Virginia Launches Program to Connect All EDs Across the State

August 1, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The state of Virginia launched the Virginia Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program, a single, statewide technology solution connecting all hospital emergency departments in the Commonwealth.

DirectTrust Appoints Former Cerner Exec, Scott Stuewe, as New CEO

July 25, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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DirectTrust has appointed Scott Stuewe as its next president and CEO. Stuewe will assume his responsibilities on September 1. He succeeds DirectTrust founding president and CEO Dr. David Kibbe.

EXCLUSIVE Survey: Industry Execs Express Confidence in Interoperability Advancements

July 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A survey of 459 leading health IT executives reveals that many industry stakeholders see themselves as far along on their interoperability journeys, but less advanced in their value-based care and risk-based contracting progressions.

Why FDA’s Scott Gottlieb Wants to Create a ‘National Utility’ for Real-World Evidence

July 12, 2018  |  David Raths
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is signaling its intent to expand its work to get real-world data from EHRs and other data sources to assess product efficacy and safety.

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.

New Blockchain Company Has Own Cryptocurrency Payment System

July 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new blockchain company attests that it has its own cryptocurrency payment system, with the goal to restore and optimize patient-provider relationships.

Connection Between Alaska Hospitals and State PDMP Goes Live

July 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Hospitals across the State of Alaska now have access to state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information at the point of care with the rollout of a statewide network deployed by Salt Lake City-based technology company Collective Medical.

CMS Approves California’s $40M Health IT Plan for EMS

July 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has signed off on California’s Health Information Technology (HIT) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) proposal for $40 million through September 30, 2021, according to the California Emergency Medical...

ONC LEAP Projects to Study APIs, Data-Driven Medicine Infrastructure

July 3, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced funding opportunities for two Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) to address key challenges that inhibit the interoperability of health IT.

Vanderbilt Engineers Work on Blockchain Project for Improved Data Sharing

July 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Engineers at the Nashville-based Vanderbilt University attest that they have successfully developed and validated the feasibility of blockchain-based technologies for secure and confidential sharing of patient medical records.

Meditech Customer Deploys CommonWell Services Based on FHIR Specs

June 29, 2018  |  David Raths
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Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, Ohio, which uses Meditech’s EHR platform, is applying the Argonaut Project's FHIR specifications to customers for the purpose of document exchange.

Rule Roundup: Health IT Groups Respond to CMS’ Promoting Interoperability Proposal

June 27, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health IT associations have sent in their public comments on CMS' meaningful use rebranding proposed rule, with a key focus of the remarks centering around the government’s proposal to consider interoperability as a condition of Medicare participation.

Poor Data Sharing Leads to Delays in Care, Global Survey Finds

June 25, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare providers are struggling to use the patient data that is available to them to deliver a better standard of care, and over half of consumers in a recent survey said they have experienced delays in care due to poor data sharing between healthcare...

CMS to Host Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June 22, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host the first Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the General Services Administration national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Outgoing DirectTrust CEO David Kibbe, M.D., Talks About FHIR, Blockchain, TEFCA and Direct Standards Development

June 19, 2018  |  David Raths
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Even though he is planning to step down this year as president and CEO of DirectTrust, the nonprofit organization that support health information exchange via the Direct message protocols, David Kibbe, M.D., has plenty of opinions to share about DirectTrust’s...

ONC Budget Cut by 29 Percent in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Gets $1.25B Boost

June 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft 2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and departments of Labor and Education that proposed slashing funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) by $17....

NJ Hospital Association Invests in Opioid Tracking Tool for Hospitals

June 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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As opioid overdoses continue to claim more lives, the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust announced a $1.5 million investment in an emergency department tracking tool for hospitals statewide to better monitor opioid...

Sequoia Project Revises National Patient Matching Framework

June 14, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The nonprofit Sequoia Project, an industry advocate for nationwide interoperability, has released a revised national patient matching framework.

CMS Issues Guidance to States on Using Health IT to Fight Opioid Epidemic

June 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance to state Medicaid programs emphasizing the role of health IT in addressing the opioid crisis and highlighting funding sources for telemedicine and prescription drug monitoring programs.

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