CMS Releases Proposed Rule Expanding Health Data Interoperability Requirements For Payers

Healthcare IT Today

CMS has released a proposed rule that will require Medicaid managed care plans and other insurers offering products on the ACA Exchanges to support the sharing of patient data amongst themselves.

Interoperability We Don’t Talk About – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 54

Healthcare IT Today

For the 54th episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, we’re going shed some light on the areas of healthcare interoperability that don’t get talked about enough. Many people in healthcare talk ad nauseum about clinical healthcare interoperability.

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A Wide Range Of Problems Still Holding Back Health Data Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

A new health data interoperability survey by Healthcare IT Today with 82 responses suggests that when it comes to interoperability, healthcare organizations are struggling with many of the same challenges they faced five or even 10 years ago. Without a doubt, respondents are still interested in fostering health data sharing.

COVID-19 Pandemic Shines Spotlight On Need For Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

Despite the endless efforts healthcare organizations have made to support health data interoperability, the path still remains rocky.

DirectTrust Passes 2 Billion Messages – Healthcare Interoperability in Action

Healthcare IT Today

The response to my article asking the question “Are we at the end of the healthcare interoperability tunnel?” I think some people thought that I was hammering on all the work that’s being done on healthcare interoperability.

Are We At the End of the Healthcare Interoperability Tunnel?

Healthcare IT Today

In a recent message I got from EHNAC, they had this great image at the start of their email: Then, they had this line below it which really caught my attention: Interoperability has been an important topic in healthcare for over a decade.

COVID-19 Driven Interoperability and What Does this Mean for Healthcare Interoperability Going Forward?

Healthcare IT Today

As part of our Healthcare IT 100 in 100, we asked a wide variety of healthcare interoperability experts to chime in on the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare interoperability. Plus, then we asked them how it will impact health data sharing going forward. Their responses were largely positive, but did highlight the challenges we still […].

Diameter Health Closes $18M Series B to Accelerate Vision to Improve Health Data Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

This brings Diameter Health’s total funding to $30 million. “We

Changes to HIPAA, New Data Interoperability Rules, and the Impact of COVID-19 on ROI

Healthcare IT Today

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Google’s Effort To Help Healthcare Organizations Meet Interoperability Standards

Healthcare IT Today

Healthcare providers are well aware that the interoperability demands imposed by the 21st Century Cures Act are barreling down the pike rapidly and will soon slam their organizations.

Sharing On Epic’s Care Everywhere Data Exchange Shoots Through The Roof As COVID-19 Sees Second Spike

Healthcare IT Today

For quite some time, critics have rightly complained about the difficulty providers have faced exchanging data stored in Epic EHRs. That’s been the case despite Epic offering a proprietary data-sharing tool named Care Everywhere which makes some degree of patient data sharing possible.

4 Perspectives on Healthcare Interoperability and Exciting Initiatives Happening Today

Healthcare IT Today

The topic of healthcare interoperability is one that it feels like we’ve been talking about ad nauseam for nearly the entire 15 years I’ve been writing about healthcare IT. If we’ve been talking about it for so long, many have really […].

More Hospitals Achieving Interoperability Goals

Healthcare IT Today

New research from the ONC has found that a meaningful percentage of hospitals are engaged in data sharing, with a growing number making patient health information available from outside sources. Though the data goes back a couple of years, it’s still a worthwhile look at where data sharing trends are among hospitals. It will also […].

Healthcare IT Today Survey: Consumerism And Use Of Patient-Generated Data Are Lasting Trends

Healthcare IT Today

Consumerism and the use of patient-generated data are no fads, but rather a lasting change to the healthcare landscape, according to a new survey conducted by Healthcare IT Today of our readers. According to the survey, perhaps the most-transformative trend emerging from healthcare consumerism was the use of consumer-facing health apps, which nearly half of […].

Making Healthcare Interoperability a Reality with Drew Ivan from Lyniate

Healthcare IT Today

One of the big challenges healthcare faces is sharing data between healthcare organizations who need that data. Healthcare interoperability, as we call it, has been a challenge for a long time. However, we’ve known that it is much less of a technical challenge and more of a business challenge. To better understand where healthcare interoperability […].

Michigan HIE Group Creates Shared Environment For Modeling Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

If you’re running an HIE, you’re always hoping to see your participants step up their interoperability game. The thing is, few HIEs go the extra mile to make it happen, in many cases because they just don’t have the resources to tackle the problem. Given this fact, I was interested to see the recent announcement […].

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Variances In Clinician EHR Use Can Hold Back Interoperability Efforts

Healthcare IT Today

Given that clinicians have different styles, it’s hardly surprising that they document care in different ways. Unfortunately, however, these idiosyncrasies are one of the obstacles that stand in the way of better interoperability, according to an article by Corepoint Health. In a piece published in mHealth Intelligence, the vendor notes that one of the biggest […].

Interoperability via a Single API is Possible

Healthcare IT Today

For Health IT companies, it’s so tempting to just dive in and build the point-to-point data integration that you need to get the job done. Analytics/Big Data C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC #HealthIT100in100 Data Integration data portability Datica Dave Levin EHR APIs Health Data Sharing Healthcare APIs Interoperability Jeremy Pierotti

Are We Entering An Era of Radical Interoperability? Deloitte Says Yes

Healthcare IT Today

If you’ve been watching stop-and-start efforts toward health data interoperability over the last several years, many of which have netted little progress, you might be surprised to hear a top-drawer consulting firm argue that we’re moving ahead into an era of radical interoperability in the healthcare and life science industries.

In Survey, Many Healthcare Execs Unfamiliar With New Health Data Access And Sharing Rules

Healthcare IT Today

A new survey concludes that many health IT executives are not too familiar with new federal regulations which, among other things, require that patients have more access to their health records and forbid providers from hampering health data sharing across networks. Arguably, these results raise questions as to how seriously health execs take patient data […].

HIPAA Enforcement Discretion for HIPAA Business Associates to Share Health Data with Public Health Organizations

Healthcare IT Today

Roger Severino, OCR Director, announced that OCR will exercise it’s enforcement discretion and not impose penalties for violations of certain HIPAA provisions. Health IT Company Healthcare IT Regulations Coronavirus COVID-19 COVID-19 Data Health Data Sharing Healthcare Interoperability HIPAA HIPAA Enforcement Discretion OCR PHI Public Health Roger Severino

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Group To Offer Health Data Access To Android Phone Users

Healthcare IT Today

In recent times, Apple has been making a number of public moves focused on getting its customers to pull their health data onto their iPhone. Using Apple’s Health app, consumers can have their health data downloaded automatically from any institution with which it has partnered. To date Apple’s list of partners stands at more than […].

How Healthcare Data Sharing Failed Providers & Patients in the Pandemic

Healthcare IT Today

COVID-19 exposed many dangerous flaws in our healthcare system, not least of which is the inability of providers to easily share life-saving information wherever and whenever it’s needed. The following is a guest article by Sam Dorshorst, Account Executive at Documo.

5 Actions Hospitals Should Take Now to Prepare for Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

Focus on interoperability for health data systems has increased recently given multiple proposed Department of Health and Human Service’s regulations addressing how health data is shared. Healthcare providers are a primary source of health data and should be aware […]. The following is a guest article by Deborah Hsieh, Chief Policy & Strategy Officer at Ciox.

A Healthcare Interoperability Discussion with Pete McCabe, CEO of Ciox

Healthcare IT Today

Healthcare interoperability has always been a hot topic, but it’s become even more interesting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In many ways, the pandemic has highlighted some of the challenges healthcare faces in sharing health data between providers. In order to better understand more about the current state of healthcare interoperability, I sat down (virtually of […].

Healthcare Groups Urge Changes To Proposed ONC Interoperability Rule

Healthcare IT Today

Several trade groups focused on healthcare issues have come together to publish a letter urging the ONC to rethink aspects of its proposed interoperability rule tackling health data sharing, privacy and information blocking. Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT HIM Hospital - Health System IT Security and Privacy 21st Century Cures Act CEHRT Certified API Health Data Interoperability Health Data Sharing Information Blocking ONC

Small Wonder Providers Don’t Like Sharing Patient Data For Free. It’s Becoming Their Whole Business.

Healthcare IT Today

During the decade or so in which I’ve been following data interoperability, the cleverest people in the healthcare and technology industries have come together to make disparate systems work together effectively.

On the 6th Day of #HITChristmas … James Aita from Medicomp Systems

Healthcare IT Today

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Are You Ready for CMS 21st Century Cures Act Notification Requirements?

Healthcare IT Today

It’s crazy to look back at the last 6 months and think how much COVID-19 has taken over the conversation. While this is no surprise, it’s interesting to think that the last 6 months likely would have been occupied talking about the 21st Century Cures Act instead of COVID-19.

From Testing to Immunization, Accurate and Consistent Patient Identification is Critical for Managing COVID-19

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to accelerate across the United States, with record-breaking infection rates and a tragically high death count.

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HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) To Investigate Google

Healthcare IT Today

The HHS Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether Google met HIPAA requirements when it pulled together millions of patient records when working with the Ascension health system. According to a piece appearing in STAT News, Google’s “Project Nightingale” initiative focuses on analyzing personal health information in an effort to find ways to personalize the […].

Survey Points to Payer, Provider Differences In Health Data Strategies, But Also Much Common Ground

Healthcare IT Today

Results from a new healthcare industry survey suggest that while payers and providers are somewhat at odds when it comes to data management, their strategies still have much in common. The survey in question was sponsored by Change Healthcare and the HealthCare Executive Group conducted by InsightDynamo. It draws on responses from 445 healthcare leaders […].

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the 21st Century Cures Act with Tom Leary, VP of Government Relations at HIMSS

Healthcare IT Today

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The Business Case for Health Data Sharing

E-CareManagement

Day-by-day, the business case for data sharing is growing stronger. In this essay, I’ll describe how COVID-19 is accelerating existing healthcare trends, how data sharing is becoming a key business strategy, and how you can learn more about these developments. This might surprise you — one result of COVID-19 isn’t so much a new normal as it is the acceleration of pre-existing trends. Accelerating Trends Strengthen the Business Case for Data Sharing.

Kno2 On Demand Record Retrieval from Carequality and CommonWell for Free

Healthcare IT Today

In some exciting news for people who have been watching healthcare interoperability for a long time, Carequality has passed an emergency waiver that allows users to access the network and be able to query for records even if the EHR they use is not integrated (this was a requirement before the waiver).

Why Information Sharing and Accelerating Response Times Are Critical During a Crisis

Healthcare IT Today

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Hospitals Still Struggling To Share Data Effectively

Healthcare IT Today

A new survey suggests that despite spending countless dollars and people-hours on the problem, hospitals and health systems are still struggling with data sharing. Analytics/Big Data Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT Center for Connected Medicine GE Healthcare Health Data Interoperability Hospital Data Sharing Healthcare Interoperability Hospital HIE Nokia UPMC

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PointClickCare Makes Surprise Carequality Announcement

Healthcare IT Today

At PointClickCare’s annual user conference #PCCSummit19, the company announced it had forged a partnership with Carequality. EMR-EHR Healthcare IT IT LTPAC Carequality Health Data Interoperability Healthcare Interoperability Interoperability post-acute care SNF SNFsThen to the surprise and delight of the hundreds of customers in the audience, the company committed to providing the Carequality functionality free of charge.

Sharing Data Only Where You Want: How Octopus.sh Can Aid Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

Year after year, patients fret about what clinicians are secretly doing with their medical data, while researchers strain to find data to support their experiments, and everybody complains about how hard it is to exchange data with a new doctor.

Epic Partners With Health Insurer To Make Two-Way Data Exchange Possible

Healthcare IT Today

Historically, health insurers have relied on one form of patient data, while providers operated in a different world. Because it lines up with how they do business, health insurance companies have focused on analyzing patient care using claims data. Providers, of course, are far more focused on the contents of medical records, which offer a […].