Widespread change is coming,” says Sandra Vance, the senior director of interoperability initiatives for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). “What we are striving for is system-agnostic health information exchange—and that is becoming more and more possible, as the specifications become more clear for developers and [standards] adoption grows.”
In fact, HIMSS recently introduced an interoperability testing and certification program for EHRs, HIEs and HISPs calledConCert by HIMSS™. To be certified, a product must prove it can exchange health information using standards-based implementation guides that make the product capable of supporting communication between systems. Vance believes this will take the guesswork out of EHR selection for practitioners.
“Healthcare professionals are flying blind in many emerging markets,” says Pablo Kommisar, managing partner at Xcellen, a consulting firm that advises Asian healthcare companies on sales force optimization.
This study uses data reported by electronic health record (EHR) vendors to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to determine whether usability certification requirements and testing standards were met.
Bring up the topic of Millennials and some will say “enough already.” Others will immediately go to the digital native side and discuss how great Millennials are at social media. This article will contain neither of these angles.
Because many attendees in yesterday’s class had used other interface engines (attendees in this class were converting from six different interface engines), I asked what their impressions were of our product after spending some time learning the basics. Here’s how they replied in the chat window...
Those of us who spend time on the frontlines of healthcare delivery see routine opportunities to deliver better care at lower cost every day: the 5AM lab draw that happens on almost every medical/surgical ward in every hospital in the country even though it is often unnecessary, the 5PM turf that lands a patient in the emergency room because the community practice is oversubscribed.
Even as the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information technology puts interoperability front and center this week, comes a survey that shows healthcare professionals are skeptical it can be achieved in 10 years.
There are three visions for the future of medicine in the seemingly insurmountable, but really rather minor, perpetual health care crisis in America. One future of medicine sees physicians unencumbered by useless administrative tasks, wielding sleek and useful technology tools, offering the best medical care to all patients who need and want attention. Another future is yearning for the revival of chickens and charity as bona fide methods of payment for whatever medical care the free market wishes to bestow on the less fortunate. The third and final future is one devoid of most middling and often faulty doctors, where the health of the nation is enforced by constant computerized surveillance with fully automated preemptive interventions. Each definition is amenable to slight compromises in form, but not at all in substance.
DATA SHOWS SOME EHR VENDORS LAG IN ATTESTATIONS: Data from DocGraph.org shows wide variation in success with attesting to Stage 2 of meaningful use, our own Arthur Allen writes for Pros. The clients of vendors Epic Systems and athenahealth had a lot of success in moving along to stage 2; more than 99 percent did so, with very few availing themselves of CMS’s flexibility rules.
Healthcare IT News' 2015 EHR Satisfaction Survey is based on ratings, feedback and insight of nearly 400 active EHR users and IT professionals in hospitals and physicians practices across the U.S. Users rated their EHR vendor across nine different metrics. Check out the overall scores and averages across three macro categories.
Edward Marx is EVP for the Advisory Board Company and CIO at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Previously, as CIO at Texas Health Resources, he was named the 2013 HIMSS/CHIME CIO of the Year. Ed was kind enough to carve out time to answer a few questions about his new book,Extraordinary Tales from a Rather Ordinary Guy, and his upcoming keynote presentation.
Imagine workflow meetings attended by informaticists and physicians talking about potential improvements in how data is exchanged within the organization? With the powerful features available in Corepoint Integration Engine, health IT leaders are improving care by involving others in data exchange activities.
By leveraging A2’s message-replication and configuration-replication to ensure engine uptime, he not only set a new world record for applying Windows updates, but also did it while minimizing engine downtime.
Electronically exchanging health information with outside providers is critical to ensuring access to patient records at the point of care in hospital settings. However, less than 10 percent of hospitals use only electronic means of exchanging summary of care records with outside sources.
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