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Interoperability and health information exchange


May 7, 2010  11:55 AM

Federal committees take on ‘daunting’ electronic enrollment task

JeanD Profile: JeanD
electronic enrollment, health insurance

Officials and industry stakeholders leading the health IT efforts for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) were given their marching orders for managing the new tasks, including electronic enrollment in health insurance, required by the health reform...

April 29, 2010  1:10 PM

Sankaran steps down from Federal Health Architecture program

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Federal Health Architecture, Health IT, Interoperability and health information exchange, ONC

Health IT interoperability leader Vish Sankaran announced yesterday that he is stepping down from his role as director of the Federal Health Architecture  (FHA) program. The FHA, which is managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...


April 13, 2010  12:28 PM

Ensuring effective EHR use, and other health IT news this week

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
CCHIT, EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics, ipad, NHIN, NHIN Direct, phr

As the deadline for achieving meaningful use nears, some electronic health record (EHR) vendors are beginning to guarantee that their products will help providers meet meaningful use criteria.

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it means nothing.


April 12, 2010  8:34 AM

IPad release has health care buzzing, but questions remain

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
electronic health records, Health IT, Interoperability and health information exchange, ipad, user buy-in

A considerable chunk of the buzz surround the iPad release from Apple Inc. has focused on the device's purported impact on the health care...


April 7, 2010  10:07 AM

Obama open government initiative steers NHIN Direct’s crowdsourcing

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Crowdsourcing, Doug Fridsma, EHR, EMR, Interoperability and health information exchange, NHIN, NHIN Direct, ONC

When Barack Obama moved into the White House, he almost immediately published an open government manifesto, which said that "knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having...


April 1, 2010  10:03 AM

NHIN Direct prescribes SOAP and REST for health information exchange

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, HIE, NHIN, NHIN Direct

The folks at NHIN (National Health Information Network) Direct believe the surest path to health information exchange is the one that's already been traveled -- by the builders of the Internet. According to


March 31, 2010  12:00 AM

Why the ONC can’t endorse a particular EHR vendor

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
David Blumenthal, EHR, EHR implementation, Interoperability and health information exchange, ONC

After Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology, delivered the Tuesday keynote at last week's IEEE-AMA conference on personalized medicine in Washington, D.C., an audience member representing the Mayo Clinic...


March 25, 2010  12:00 PM

NHIN Direct to help providers exchange health information

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, HIE, Meaningful use, NHIN

As the deadlines to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act incentive payments draw ever closer, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is eager to jump-start its NHIN Direct project for exchanging health information...


March 16, 2010  9:47 AM

Blueprints tell what states will do to roll out health information exchange

JeanD Profile: JeanD
health information exchange

States that received funding through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's Health...

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