The governance subgroup of the federal government's Health IT Policy Committee this week pinpointed problems in the health information exchange ecosystem based on several factors, including severity and commonness, the impact on private and secure exchange and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's ability to solve such problems.
The Premier healthcare alliance has recommended several strategies to improve the utility of health data in response to the Senate Finance Committee's request for input.
Provider and vendor representatives discussed looming healthcare interoperability issues at Friday's meeting of the governance subgroup for the Health IT Policy Committee's Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup.
In additional comments to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on healthcare data transparency, the West Health Institute and the Pacific Business Group of Health (PBGH) also have also composed letters to the two officials.
Accountable Care Organizations have made little progress in improving their health IT capabilities in the past year, according to a new survey by the eHealth Initiative.
Electronic health record interoperability and the incorporation of unique device identifiers (UDI) into electronic health data sources--including EHRs--are necessary for patient data registries and UDI systems to realize their potential, according to Josh Rising, director of medical devices for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Policy changes alone will not adequately spur the adoption of telehealth as a means to fulfill the Triple Aim of improving access and quality of care while decreasing costs, the Center for Connected Health Policy has concluded.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2015 provider payment rules, many of which have been released this month, are receiving a lot of attention. But I'm surprised that one of the most consistent themes throughout them--"EHR creep"--has received very little publicity.
Interoperability is a major part of Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, but the timeframes may be too short to transition from current Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture used in Stage 2 to the application program interfaces (APIs) and proposed HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources Standard for Stage 3, according to vendors and stakeholders speaking at a recent joint Health IT Policy and Standards Committee listening session.
Collaboration among stakeholders is key to implementing a disease specific surveillance program through interoperable reporting of data from physician practices to a public health registry, according to a new case study published in the journal eGEMS.