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"2013 has been a good start to year for IHE. They set the bar higher for vendors to test more criteria to become officially certified, and vendors responded with a record attendance of over 500 attendees to test these profiles. It is just another step in healthcare interoperability pressing forward.:
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The date for compliance with ICD-10 has been pushed to October 2014. The following questions will help you successfully complete the migration.
The detailed metric information allows users to be proactive, rather than react after negative situations occur.
In the wake of the Happitique mess, we warn developers to focus on quality, real security, and carefully evaluate the legitimacy of any certification.
Ryan Brush from Cerner Corp. stops by the blog to answer some questions surrounding the promise and the hype of big data in healthcare.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer. There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life.
When engaging in a RFP process for a new software vendor, calling references is arguably one of the most important steps of the process. Although it can be time consuming to coordinate calls and analyze all the feedback, the comments of peers who have recently gone through the same process can be invaluable. One of the toughest things about reference calls is narrowing down what to ask.
I'm starting to look at how I'd create RESTfully oriented FHIR services. I'm looking at using the current FHIR DSTU as a collection of Entity Services. What I want to focus on next are the Task oriented services which use those entities to supply business logic to perform a particular function.
Blue Button: have you heard of it? If you keep an eye on health care or health IT social media, the term is almost impossible to miss. You may have heard other names such as ABBI, Blue Button+, Blue Button+ Direct, Blue Button+ REST, and Blue Button Connector.
So what is Blue Button? Since its inception in 2010, the term Blue Button has become overloaded and, to some extent, ambiguous. But no matter which definition you use, the underlying theme has always been the same: enabling consumers to have access to their personal health data. So follow me as I break Blue Button down into tangible and meaningful entities.
For healthcare, uptime is absolutely critical to keep clinical information flowing within the four walls and outside to affiliated providers.
Throughout its history, Microsoft Windows has been marred by the perception of unreliability both in the desktop and server space. However in the server space, Microsoft has been consistently closing the gap in reliability with its competitors during the past decade.
Question: Need your opinion on this matter of encouraging people to adopt FHIR for national programs/ national standards for healthcare exchange. What will be your counter arguments if some cowboy...
An ONC-sponsored pilot shows that patients’ PHI can adhere to consent directives throughout the HIE process involving multiple stakeholders.
Elizabeth Stefanski, chief market maker at the Business Innovation Factory, spoke to health IT professionals at Corepoitn Connect about how to think horizontally and become a market maker.
Code-a-thons and shared creative spaces are actually technology labs gaining insight into true patient engagement.
Unlike politicians, pundits, and the public, the leaders of America’s leading hospitals and health systems are optimistic about reform (Figure 1). Fully 65 percent indicated that by 2020, they believe the healthcare system as a whole will be somewhat or significantly better than it is today. And when they were asked about their own institutions, the optimism was even more dramatic. Fully 93 percent predicted that the quality of care provided by their own health system would improve. This is probably related to efforts to diminish hospital acquired conditions, medication errors, and unnecessary re-admissions, as encouraged by financial penalties in the ACA.
On December 6, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension of the timeline forMeaningful Use Stage 3. Stage 3, which was initially targeted to begin in 2016, will now begin in 2017. This gives vendors and providers an additional year to get ready for the Stage 3 criteria.
"I believe that health information exchange will have the biggest impact on improving healthcare and population health for decades to come," asserts Lewis W.
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Healthcare reform is in for a rude awaking! Can we wait another 20 years for change? Check out this article that explains why we need to change now.
The indicators are starting to show a strong correlation between the notion of giving and economic success. After all, it’s a well-worn truth that trust drives economics and exchange. Giving is a profound way to develop that trust within a community network. So, give thanks, then find the right community, and give a bit of yourself. Good things will follow.
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Finding articles about the challenges, missteps, or failures of health information technology (health IT) is easy. Through it all, humans are still involved and, with us, imperfection still happens. The key to remember, though, is progress is happening in many places with many, many people doing amazing work. Instead of a tech surge, I think we should step back this week and give a little thanks for the industry’s advancements!
Complain about technology interfering in care all you want, but nurse Jennifer Thew actually likes using alogrithms to help provide care.
Recently the S&I Framework initiative started a program to improve interoperability between EHR systems andPrescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Now, this, like just about every other S&I Framework Initiative seems like a good idea. But there's some missing data here, and I'd love to see it. This is the kind of thing that we should be assessing when we invest in a project.
Read about DICOM-RS, a standard akin to HL7 FHIR that will very likely have a big role in the future of health IT interoperability.
The New Yorker has done it again.
Does successful integration of the latest and greatest HIT lead to better patient outcomes, or are they just flashier bells and whistles?
Meaningful Use Stage 2 includes the requirement that health care providers with EHRs seeking Meaningful Use incentive dollars demonstrate that 5% of patients actually view, download or transmit their data.
The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule, which is now fully in effect (though the enforcers of the rules are “nonessential” and not on the job during the current government shutdown), empowers patients to request their health care providers to deliver their records electronically in a format of the patient’s choosing (so long as that is reasonably doable by the provider).
Taken together, these two regulatory levers hold promise for better patient access to records, and to the usability of those records for individual patient care and for broader research purposes, too.