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VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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

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

August 14, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

ONC Outlines Key Outcomes for Trusted Exchange Framework in Kickoff Meeting

August 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in its first meeting to establish a trusted exchange framework for health data, outlined three key outcomes that the agency feels is necessary for success.

The Allscripts-McKesson EHR Deal: Time to Consider the Broader Industry—and Policy—Context

August 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Looking at the deal announced last week in which Allscripts is acquiring McKesson’s hospital IT business, in light of broader industry and policy trends, and to ask: how might this deal figure into broader interoperability and federal healthcare IT policy trends?

Vendor Launches Cloud-Based EHR Designed to Support FHIR, Precision Medicine Initiative

August 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
drchrono Inc., a provider of electronic health record (EHR), practice management, medical billing, revenue cycle management (RCM), announced the launch of a cloud-based EHR platform enabled for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).

Pew Charitable Trust Urges VA to Prioritize Interoperability, Patient Safety

August 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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.

White House Opioid Commission Calls for State, Federal PDMP Interoperability

August 2, 2017  |  Heather Landi
In an interim report on responding to the opioid crisis, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis urged President Donald Trump to lead an effort to have all state and federal prescription drug monitoring databases (PDMPs) share...

Is FHIR the Solution to the Registry of the Future?

August 1, 2017  |  David Raths
The only feasible way to enable future registries is by using data captured in EHRs and other systems in a reproducible way. “That suggests using FHIR," says Russ Leftwich, M.D., of InterSystems and HL7.

AMIA Submits Feedback on ONC’s Interoperability Framework

July 31, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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 Feedback on Common Agreement and Exchange Framework

July 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
On Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) kicked off the first of three meetings and webinars to inform the public about the department’s work related to the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act trusted...

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

July 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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

MEDITECH to Soon Offer CommonWell Health Alliance Services to Customers

July 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
MEDITECH, a Westwood, Mass.-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, has announced that it is set to offer CommonWell interoperability services early next year.


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