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Interoperability and health information exchange


February 26, 2013  12:09 PM

CMS hands out nearly $300 million for health care innovation awards

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ACO, CMS, HIE, RHIO, state HIEs

Nearly $300 million will be awarded to states as the first recipients of the state innovation model awards, funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services....

February 6, 2013  11:15 AM

Cerner-McKesson HIE agreement: Everyone’s still (mostly) mum

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, clinical data analytics, EHR, HIE, mckesson, rcm, revenue cycle management

It seemed pretty convenient that a health IT media outlet received a tip on a possible deal between Cerner Corp. and McKesson Corp. to make their patient data systems...


February 1, 2013  2:38 PM

AHRQ to study ambulatory workflow, seeks public opinion

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
AHRQ, EHR, HIE, PCMH

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks public comment on its plans to study how health IT...


December 19, 2012  2:51 PM

ECRI Institute: Mixing up EHR data still top 2013 patient safety risk

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR data, EHR implementation, HIE, ONC, patient safety

"Many care decisions today are based on data in an EHR or other information  system," according to an ECRI Institute report on patient safety risks, "and incorrect data can result in incorrect treatment, potentially resulting in patient harm." "In addition, as EHR data flows through health...


December 4, 2012  12:53 PM

E-prescribing software use on the rise across the U.S.

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
clinical decision support, CMS, e-prescribing, mHealth

Nearly half (48%) of U.S. physicians are using e-prescribing software, up from only 7% of physicians in December 2008. All 50 states have had an increase in e-prescribing technology over that time,


November 21, 2012  12:51 PM

And now, we give thanks for the future of health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
e-patient Dave, Farzad Mostashari, HIE, mHealth, Regina Holliday

While it would have been fun to post a photo of the Thanksgiving diorama the SearchHealthIT staff built in the lunch room – the Farzad cutout in the pilgrim outfit looked particularly realistic – we'll settle for giving you a few things we're thankful for as we pause for the holiday...


November 8, 2012  2:14 PM

Insurers purchase HIE vendors to hedge against changing market

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, Affordable Care Act, health insurance, HIE

The recent purchase of HIE vendor Certify Data Systems by insurance giant Humana raises some interesting questions about what kind of future health


October 31, 2012  10:22 AM

Users and designers should get involved in EHR usability, data output

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange, Uncategorized

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- Like many people I know, work friends can't be Facebook friends. I save my Facebook account for personal screeds on politics and religion and for sharing family pictures with interested friends and relatives separated by geography. Occasionally, however, the discussion turns to...


October 17, 2012  10:58 AM

State HIE: Where are we going with this, anyway?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
blasphemy, HIE, state HIEs

In Massachusetts style – which usually involves muskets going off and other shot-heard-round-the-world noise – Gov. Deval Patrick launched his state's HIway health information exchange Tuesday by sending his own...


August 29, 2012  12:14 PM

Meaningful use stage 2: Health care CIO open-book test

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ACO, HIE, HIPAA, Meaningful use

Like you, we've read article upon article of coverage on meaningful use stage 2, and checked out the rules themselves. From our media perch, we've also had the...


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