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ONC Names Two HITAC Co-Chairs

February 13, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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ONC has announced that Robert Wah, M.D., former AMA president and Carolyn Petersen, senior editor of Mayo Clinic’s health information website, will be the new co-chairs of the government’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Launches Ambitious Roadmap

February 7, 2018  |  David Raths
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The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) has unveiled a strategic roadmap involving more than two dozen projects to be launched in 2018 and developed over the next one to three years, laying the groundwork for real-world genomic data sharing by 2022.

Maternal and Infant Data Hub integrates Pediatric Records Across Cincinnati Region

February 5, 2018  |  David Raths
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A new data hub at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center securely links patient data from institutional silos in order to make it easier for researchers to study care that one patient receives at different institutions, and to link a baby’s care to the...

North Carolina Joins Interstate PDMP Data Sharing Platform

February 2, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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North Carolina state leaders have signed an agreement to share prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data across state lines via PMP InterConnect, a PDMP interstate data sharing platform from Louisville, Ky.-based Appriss Health.

Industry Executive Outlines Opportunities, Concerns with ONC’s TEFCA

February 1, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A HIMSS senior executive has given some early comments on ONC’s draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), calling it a “necessary step to nationwide interoperability.”

Epic Launches New Interoperability Features to Enable User Collaboration

January 30, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Epic Systems, the Verona, Wis.-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor of which some 190 million patients have an electronic record on, has launched a new functionality called One Virtual System Worldwide to enable healthcare providers on the Epic EHR to not...

What Will TEFCA Mean For Regional HIEs?

January 30, 2018  |  David Raths
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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...

CIO Survey: FHIR is a Potential Game Changer, Blockchain Overhyped

January 23, 2018  | 
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Half of surveyed CIOs cited HL7’s FHIR as the technology with the most potential to make a tangible, positive impact in the next two years, while almost half of respondents view blockchain as the most overhyped emerging technology right now.

Health Sciences South Carolina Wins ‘Best in Show’ at FHIR Applications Roundtable

January 18, 2018  |  David Raths
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At the HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable held in New Orleans in December, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) was voted Best in Show for its clinical data repository for South Carolina hospitals.

Five Tips for Seeking Greater Interoperability in 2018

January 8, 2018  |  Sarath Degala, BIP Capital
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The recent merging of Aetna and CVS has me thinking about the potential implications of two disparate elements of the healthcare system—insurance companies and pharmacies—working together as part of a whole.

HHS Releases Draft Trusted Exchange Framework with Eyes on Creating “Network of Networks” Infrastructure

January 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HHS has released the draft Trusted Exchange Framework, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016. Federal health IT officials call the Framework “a significant step towards achieving interoperability.”

AMA-Invested Company Launches Blockchain Network-As-A-Service Platform

January 4, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Akiri, a San Francisco-based spinoff of healthcare company Health2047, is launching a blockchain-based network-as-a-service (NaaS) platform to the entire healthcare industry.

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