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ONC unveils Interoperability Roadmap for public comment

The Office of the National Coordinator has released for public comment its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability.

HIEs are following in EHRs' unsteady footsteps

Remember the adage, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" Well, that appears to be the case again, this time with health information exchanges (HIEs), which are running into some of the same rough waters as the electronic health records before them.

Hospital CIOs share experiences, issues with interoperability

Although most healthcare chief information officers have implemented certified electronic health record systems and the required standards, many remain frustrated in their quest for interoperability, according to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka.

EHR decertification strategy will require a careful balancing act

There's a new buzzword in the electronic health record world beginning to gain traction: decertification. So far, only two EHR products,  both developed by Santa Fe Springs, California vendor EHRMagic, have had their certification revoked in 2013 for failing to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use program. But now, a number of EHR products may be at risk of decertification, if more momentum builds to decertify those that "proactively" block the sharing of electronic information.

Docs to ONC: Ease administrative burden of health IT

The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals.

ONC: Decertification of info blockers must be 'judicious'

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position on the decertification of electronic health records that engage in "information blocking," noting that decertification is on the table and that it's looking hard at all of the implications of taking more aggressive action.

Health IT actions of new Congress must be meaningful

Well, that was fast. Only days into the new legislative session, and lawmakers already are swinging at the Meaningful Use program. The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (FLEX-IT) Act to shorten the...

IBM adds industry advisory group to DoD health record contract bid

IBM and Epic have announced formation of an advisory group of industry experts as part of their bid for the coveted Department of Defense electronic health record contract.

Donna Cryer: Interoperability essential to improve patient care

The ability for patient data to follow an individual as they go from hospital to home and beyond is becoming an essential part of healthcare. Donna Cryer, a liver transplant survivor and health IT advocate, knows that full well. 

Proposed rule implementing MU Stage 3 in hands of OMB

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has confirmed that the proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of Meaningful Use is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, and that it should "be on display soon."   The rule is expected to provide savings to Medicare in payment adjustments. Full story