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April 9, 2019  4:26 PM

DirectTrust gets accreditation to develop health data exchange standards

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

DirectTrust, a nonprofit association of health IT and healthcare organizations, has taken a step forward in developing health data exchange standards. The nonprofit announced Tuesday that it has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (

March 6, 2019  2:16 PM

CMS taps Mark Roche as agency’s first chief healthcare informatics officer

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appointed a new leader to drive change and interoperability in healthcare from the federal level. Mark Roche, a physician informaticist, will take on the


March 1, 2019  4:05 PM

AWS healthcare technical lead says interoperability in healthcare at scale a challenge

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

Interoperability in healthcare isn't just a buzzword for the healthcare community, it's also something technology companies are talking about. Patrick Combes, technology leader for healthcare and life sciences at Amazon Web Services (AWS), said interoperability in healthcare is one of the...


February 1, 2019  4:06 PM

Intermountain Healthcare executive talks FHIR standard

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

Stan Huff has spent years helping create what he believes is now one of the best standards for moving healthcare closer to interoperability. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources...

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January 15, 2019  5:09 PM

ONC updates, adds to Interoperability Standards Advisory

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

Rules and regulations proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology hang in limbo, thanks to the government shutdown. But that...


January 7, 2019  9:46 AM

HHS publishes guide on cybersecurity practices

Nicole Laskowski Nicole Laskowski Profile: Nicole Laskowski

The Department of Health and Human Services published a guide of cybersecurity practices with the aim of reducing the growing risk from cyberattacks. The...


December 24, 2018  9:36 AM

HHS seeks input to modify HIPAA rules, expert says proceed carefully

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking the public's input on how Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules should be modified to promote better patient care. HIPAA rules were developed to protect patient information and enable information sharing when...


December 12, 2018  12:04 PM

FDA selects 8 medical device developers into opioid crisis challenge

Makenzie Holland Profile: Makenzie Holland

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took an innovative approach to combating the national opioid crisis earlier this year. The FDA issued a challenge to medical device developers to leverage...


November 9, 2018  12:20 PM

Where blockchain in healthcare might actually make a difference

Valerie Silverthorne Profile: Valerie Silverthorne

It’s almost too easy to dismiss the idea of blockchain in healthcare. The first major application of blockchain -- Bitcoin – does feel kind of sketchy (all the currency that went “missing”) and the idea that patients will own their health records as long as they can hang on to long numeric...


October 24, 2018  12:48 PM

HIEs provide access to patient records in wake of Hurricane Michael

Yumeng Ren Profile: Yumeng Ren

By October 18, Hurricane Michael, the strongest U.S. storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, left 35 people dead and displaced over 300,000 people in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. In preparation for the storm, the Strategic Health Information Exchange...


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