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EHR, HIE lessons learned by Colorado Beacon Consortium | EHRintelligence.com

EHR, HIE lessons learned by Colorado Beacon Consortium | EHRintelligence.com | #HITsm | Scoop.it
A new case study published by the Commonwealth Fund reveals several lessons for healthcare organizations and providers, especially those working in rural communities, to increase and improve their adoption of EHR and health information exchange (HIE). Highlighting the activities of the Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC), authors Douglas McCarthy, MBA, and Alexander Cohen, MPH, MSW, point to a handful of factors determining whether a care setting will succeed in the clinical transformation made possible through EHR and HIE.
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HL7 FHIR and Corepoint Health featured on The Health Care Blog

HL7 FHIR and Corepoint Health featured on The Health Care Blog | #HITsm | Scoop.it

In the article, titled FHIR: Technology and Governance, Rob discusses why the new standard is so popular in health IT circles and why it is a key advancement in the industry's quest for real interoperability, including the use of mobile devices and the inclusion of patient-generated health data in EHR systems. However, the intent of Rob's post is to highlight the need for governance in order for FHIR to avoid the same adoption issues that have plagued Direct Project. 

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EHR adoption up, challenges in interoperability and meaningful use remain

EHR adoption up, challenges in interoperability and meaningful use remain | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Senate panel hears of woes in implementing electronic health records as lawmakers mull legislation to ease the administrative burden in health IT systems.
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FHIR Lights the Way to Interoperability - iHealthBeat

FHIR Lights the Way to Interoperability - iHealthBeat | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Interoperability, the electronic exchange of patient information between IT systems, continues to elude many in the health care industry. A draft standard -- called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, or FHIR -- could change that by unlocking data held in electronic health record silos.
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The Role of a Modern Interface Engine in Healthcare eBook

The Role of a Modern Interface Engine in Healthcare eBook | #HITsm | Scoop.it
"The Role of an Interface Engine in Modern Healthcare" E-Book.

A modern healthcare environment demands that an interface engine do more than just connect one point to another.

The role of the interface engine must meet the requirements of a new generation of productive, connected, and efficient healthcare environments. Explored are the five major areas where the role of an interface engine is applicable within a modern healthcare environment.
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Spring Deliveries from Washington

Spring Deliveries from Washington | #HITsm | Scoop.it

If you’ve been putting your head in the sand before – you can now see that both Congress and the Administration have put out formative proposals with a common thread:  fee-for-service is a sinking ship.  It’s time to get off soon, folks.  Are you ready?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Electronic Health Records History | HealthIT.gov

INFOGRAPHIC: Electronic Health Records History | HealthIT.gov | #HITsm | Scoop.it

80% of Americans who have access to their health data use it!

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Senate looks at interoperability for electronic health records -- FCW

Senate looks at interoperability for electronic health records -- FCW | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Experts tell committee that business models, not technology, are the main obstacle to better sharing across systems.
Chad Johnson's insight:

At a March 17 hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, lawmakers explored the progress on EHR adoption. Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Obama administration "seems to have complicated the process by rushing ahead with penalties for those who don't adopt EHR systems," even though systems that are certified by Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT can fail to offer the necessary functionality or conform to program requirements.

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Doctors say data fees are blocking health reform

Doctors say data fees are blocking health reform | #HITsm | Scoop.it
As they move to exchange patient information with hospitals and other health care partners, doctors are suffering sticker shock: The vendors of the health care software want thousands of dollars to unlock the data so they can be shared. It may take an act of Congress to provide relief. The fees are thwarting the goals of the $30 billion federal push...
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The Interoperability Paradigms of HL7 FHIR | @RobBrull

The Interoperability Paradigms of HL7 FHIR | @RobBrull | #HITsm | Scoop.it

HL7 FHIR plans to support four interoperability paradigms, which are distinct ways of utilizing FHIR to best accommodate varying workflows. The four paradigms and when they might be used are:

REST – Small, light-weight exchanges with low coupling between systems

Messages – Communicate multiple resources in a single exchange

Documents – Focus is on persistence when data spans multiple resources

Services – Use a custom service when capabilities of other paradigms don’t fit requirement

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Tales of the Far from Ordinary Ed Marx | HL7 Standards

Tales of the Far from Ordinary Ed Marx | HL7 Standards | #HITsm | Scoop.it
We take a look at Ed Marx, CIO at Texas Health Resources, and explore some of his guiding principles, which he discusses in his book, "Extraordinary Tales from
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Corepoint Health Finds Success at 2015 IHE Connectathon

Corepoint Health Finds Success at 2015 IHE Connectathon | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The Connectathon attracts more than 500 health IT professionals each year who are there to represent various health IT vendors who often compete for customers outside of the event. In this collaborative environment, each vendor attempts to pass tests utilizing various IHE profiles that users of their product are likely to utilize in real world data exchange scenarios.

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2014/2015 Clinical Patient Engagement Report Now Available

2014/2015 Clinical Patient Engagement Report Now Available | #HITsm | Scoop.it

"Chilmark Research has outlined adoption in the provider market, as well as provided a framework for the diverse set of technologies and product features, new and old, that comprise the toolkit for patient engagement. We interviewed over a dozen market-leading vendors, numerous delivery systems and healthcare executives and other industry stakeholders to cut away the hype and find out exactly where the market is today."

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Halamka Speaks: athenahealth & the Future of AMCs as Tech Innovators

Halamka Speaks: athenahealth & the Future of AMCs as Tech Innovators | #HITsm | Scoop.it

I have told my staff that I believe in five years it won’t be the IT department, it would be the cloud services department. That is our job will be to empower our users with services.  And we might provide some of them, but probably, we’ll procure them. That is sort of the nature. Does anyone really want to run an email server anymore?  Not really, right?

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Interoperability begins at home: Three lessons from community hospitals

Interoperability begins at home: Three lessons from community hospitals | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Nobody is explicitly opposed to interoperability in healthcare IT. That would be like opposing the eradication of poverty or hunger or child slavery. People of good will just can't argue against it. The potential benefits are too clear.
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Three out of four patients want easy data sharing between physicians | mobihealthnews

Three out of four patients want easy data sharing between physicians | mobihealthnews | #HITsm | Scoop.it
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Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs

Meaningful Use Stage 3: The Buzz About APIs | #HITsm | Scoop.it
The Meaningful Use - Stage 3 proposed rule has been released, with official publication due on March 30. Llikewise, the 2015 edition of EHR certification criteria and related rules. Check out the CMS presser and ONC fact sheet. Key to...
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FHIR: Technology and Governance

FHIR: Technology and Governance | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Everyone in the industry is extremely excited about the technology of FHIR – as well they should be. But, have we forgotten about the other half of the picture?

 

Healthcare has unique, complex issues with regards to protecting PHI that no other industry encounters, not even banking. How do we make sure that we don’t end up in a similar place as Direct Project?

Chad Johnson's insight:

I’m not asking the industry to pump the brakes on FHIR progression and get bogged down in the same committee-driven bureaucracy that has weighed down Direct(e.g., DirectTrust). It would be wise, however, to involve IHE or some other governing body, to streamline, safeguard, and motivate provider organizations to utilize FHIR. Using these three principles may provide a better blend to achieve FHIR- inspired health interoperability.

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Take a Birds-eye View of Your Health Data Workflow

Take a Birds-eye View of Your Health Data Workflow | #HITsm | Scoop.it
As healthcare organizations share more health data, there often is a need for the interface team to demonstrate the organization’s downstream data flow.
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Burgess Floats 21st Century Cures Electronic Health Records Interoperability Draft | InsideHealthPolicy

Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX) is floating electronic health record interoperability language he hopes to insert into the Energy and Commerce Committee's 21st Century Cures draft bill and has asked for stakeholder feedback by Friday (March 13) on data-sharing criteria, including who should be cleared to see patient data and who should establish interoperability standards.

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Can forces align to use health IT to improve care and lower costs?

Can forces align to use health IT to improve care and lower costs? | #HITsm | Scoop.it
On March 4, The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted a half day event on the role of health information technology in achieving high-value health care.
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New ED interoperability specification results from rigorous standards development

New ED interoperability specification results from rigorous standards development | #HITsm | Scoop.it
The new HL7 Data Elements for Emergency Department Systems specification identifies a common set of data elements in an effort to improve interoperability among EDs.
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Transforming Healthcare Delivery through More Open Data

Transforming Healthcare Delivery through More Open Data | #HITsm | Scoop.it
By Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai
Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellows 

 

But there are signs of progress, and a path forward, as outlined by a HHS-commissioned report on health data infrastructure and a new HHS strategic plan for interoperability. Building on these visions, and under the leadership of HL7, a leading health IT standards body, a number of health IT vendors, hospitals, and medical organizations have come together to develop a common specification (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, or FHIR) to enable expanded sharing of electronic health records. This will make it easier for software (such as the electronic health record system at a different hospital, or your smartphone health app) to access your data privately and securely.

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What Can Meaningful Use Learn From Healthcare.gov? | The Health Care Blog

What Can Meaningful Use Learn From Healthcare.gov? | The Health Care Blog | #HITsm | Scoop.it

If the Federal government did not have some kind of standards for EHR systems, then  doctors might choose to install some Microsoft Word macros and claim that they should be counted as EHR systems, and qualify for funding. (I wish this was a joke. I make such good jokes usually… but this is not one of them.  I have heard doctors claim exactly this.)

 

You would think that after the Healthcare.gov disaster, there would be one person whose job it was to make sure the deployment of EHRs by doctors in the United States was going to work. A person who had no other job responsibilities but to make sure that records were “portable”. Someone who had all of the authority and skills needed to make EHR adoption, including “portability”, a reality.

 

Currently, there are two “versions” of Meaningful Use. One of them is managed by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC for short) and the other by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For those unfamiliar with these agencies, ONC is regarded as being “in charge” of Health IT matters in the Federal government and CMS is primarily tasked with paying doctors for work under Medicare and other federal insurance programs.

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5 Questions with Michael James McCoy, Chief Health Information Officer at the ONC

5 Questions with Michael James McCoy, Chief Health Information Officer at the ONC | #HITsm | Scoop.it

On January 21, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that Michael James McCoy, MD, would be the department's Chief Health Information Officer.

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HITMC (Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community) Awards

HITMC (Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community) Awards | #HITsm | Scoop.it

I promise not to annoy you too much with more posts about the Health IT Marketing and PR Conference and associated awards programs and Twitter chats. However, I know that many people who read this blog will be interested in the recently announced HITMC (Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Community) Awards. This is done in conjunction with the HITMC conference and the winners will be recognized at the conference in front of hundreds of your peers. You have until the end of February 2015 to submit your nominations, so submit your own or your colleagues work today.

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