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Interoperability and health information exchange


July 2, 2014  10:10 AM

Healthcare organizations use delay to further test ICD-10 readiness

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHIMA, eHealth Initiative, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

The delay of federal ICD-10 implementation gave providers another year, at a minimum, during which they could perform testing to measure their ICD-10 readiness. Fewer than half of

January 28, 2014  1:08 PM

Health IT on the rise, independent physicians lag behind with EHRs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
e-prescribing, EHR, EHR adoption, Health IT, independent physicians

Adoption and use of health IT increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, though there is a sizable gap between the adoption levels of large and small practices. A study


November 26, 2013  1:00 PM

Survey shows vendor solutions can ease health data exchange

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, HIE, Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange

Today's health information exchanges are slowed by a lack of system interoperability, but that could be resolved if more vendors would develop integration solutions and adopt standardized pricing for their products, health information exchanges said in the eHealth Initiative's 2013


October 29, 2013  1:01 PM

ONC study details electronic viewing and sharing of patient information

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, HIE, patient engagement

With meaningful use stage 2 deadline bearing down on providers, the use of EHRs is changing how patient information is viewed and transferred --  an issue that is explored in detail in a recent ONC study. Nearly one-third of physicians shared patient clinical summaries with other providers in...


August 27, 2013  1:12 PM

Missouri announces opening of state HIE

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIE, NHIN, state HIEs

More than 7,000 physicians, 62 hospitals and 350 clinics in Missouri and neighboring states will have access to its newly opened statewide HIE. The announcement, made by the Missouri Health Connection (MHC), details the state's vendor-neutral approach to data exchange, which allows physicians to...


August 9, 2013  11:06 AM

Dr. Mostashari, care coordination really stinks in my city

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
care coordination, Farzad Mostashari, Interoperability and health information exchange

Federal HIT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D. made waves this week, announcing his resignation effective this fall. Tributes and accolades, all deserved, are rolling...


July 2, 2013  1:14 PM

FDA, INTERPOL sting stops illegal sales of online medication

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
drug diversion, drug tracking, e-prescribing

The FDA took action against more than 9,600 websites, shutting down 1,677, for illegally selling unapproved prescription medications. The crackdown was known as Operation Pangea VI and was part of the 6th annual International Internet Week of Action. “Illegal


May 24, 2013  12:34 PM

$75K Mass HIway implementation grants build health information exchange capacity

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, Last Mile Program, Mass HIway, MeHI, state HIEs

More than 80 Massachusetts healthcare organizations will receive a Mass HIway Implementation Grant, courtesy of the Last Mile Program, a spinoff of the Mass HIway statewide health information exchange. The...


March 19, 2013  11:42 AM

Lack of transparency in patient healthcare costs

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR cost, health care costs, HIE, price transparency, state HIEs

With rising healthcare costs in the spotlight, more stakeholders are calling for greater price transparency at provider facilities. But if a recent report is any indication, states have a ways to go toward improving laws requiring transparency. Only 2 states have adequate healthcare price...


March 15, 2013  2:46 PM

VT hits 85% EHR implementation, health information exchange milestones

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, HIE, VITL

The Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) released its annual progress report, which documented an increase in EHR implementation among Vermont health care providers, a successful push to connect hospitals to the state health information network and increase residents' representation...


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