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Interoperability and health information exchange

August 23, 2012  12:29 PM

Hospital ACOs can be financially sustainable, expert says

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
accountable care organizations, health information exchange, health reform

We hear a lot about how hospitals have present market incentives to avoid participation in coordinated-care models such as accountable care organizations. Some may see sharing information with other providers as a competitive disadvantage. Others are wary that participating in ACOs, which...

August 22, 2012  12:54 PM

ACO participation may force hospitals to play nice in HIE sandbox

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organizations, ACO, health information exchange, HIE

BOSTON - An interesting side effect of accountable care organization (ACO) participation could be that it forces currently competitive hospitals to cooperate...

August 14, 2012  1:14 PM

Group aims to crowdsource new Blue Button applications for civilians

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Interoperability, Interoperability and health information exchange

Give the ONC some credit. At a toxic political time for health care and presidential candidates, the national HIT powers that be are using what capital they can to keep things moving - for the benefit of patients. Tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time, the Standards &  Interoperability Framework...

July 27, 2012  1:57 PM

Shocking story points to potential of clinical data analytics

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
clinical data analytics, health information exchange, HIE, HIPAA, public health

Up in my neck of the New Hampshire woods, folks are up in arms - as well they should be - about a gut-wrenching story involving a nearby hospital and an employee who appears to have deliberately infected patients with hepatitis C for up to a year before he was discovered. Of course the crimes are...

June 22, 2012  1:12 PM

Prescription drug monitoring programs get a boost from health IT

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health data exchange, health information exchange, prescription drug monitoring program, workflow analysis

The number of deaths in the U.S. related to prescription drug overdose has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This emerging epidemic has led to the advent of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) -- statewide...

June 13, 2012  2:06 PM

Halamka: What HIE implementation is going to take

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIE, HIE implementation

NORWOOD, MA - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, M.D. wears more than just that one hat: He's also co-chair of the ONC's HIT Standards Committee and the chair of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), the organization charged with erecting a "network of networks"...

June 12, 2012  3:07 PM

Survey lists top HIE vendors for 2012

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
accountable care organizations, health information exchange, HIE vendors, Interoperability

By Greg McInerney, Editorial Assistant

The Florida-based research company Black Book released its 2012 State of the Enterprise Healthcare Information...

June 4, 2012  1:52 PM

Wyoming Medicaid providers get free EHR system from dept. of health

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Cloud Computing, EHR adoption, EHR system, health departments, health information exchange

The state of Wyoming has a low adoption rate for EHR systems: According to an ONC data brief from February 2012, the state's non-federal acute care hospitals reported an EHR adoption rate of 21%,...

May 21, 2012  2:18 PM

ONC wants help establishing road rules for health information exchange

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health information exchange, National Health Information Network, NHIN, ONC

Before U.S. physicians can hop on the nationwide health information exchange highway, they need to know the rules of the road. They may have to leave it in park for a while though -- as these rules don't yet exist.

Under the Public Health Service Act...

May 15, 2012  12:55 PM

Is increased technology the key to ACO care delivery?

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
accountable care organization, ACO, clinical decision support, EHR systems, HIE, Pioneer ACO Model

With the accountable care organization (ACO) destined to impact health IT strategy, insurer Aetna and Banner Health Network (BHN) -- a non-profit health care system --...

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