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.

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 […].


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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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The Importance of a Nursing Data Framework To Achieve Consistent Quality In Health Information Exchange

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. healthcare sector, nurses have indisputably demonstrated an ability to improve healthcare outcomes. We are just beginning to utilize Healthcare IT data and AI to improve patient outcomes. The article The Importance of a Nursing Data Framework To Achieve Consistent Quality In Health Information Exchange appeared first on

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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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 9th Day of #HITChristmas … Keith Boone from Audacious Inquiry

Healthcare IT Today

Note: In case you missed the other 12 Days of #HITChristmas, you can start with the first day here along with the story behind #HITChristmas or read all 12 days here as they are published.

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Successfully Approaching M&As in Healthcare IT

HiTech Answers

By Angela Pierce - Over the past couple of years, there have been around 200 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the healthcare IT space, driven by high enterprise value and the sheer size of the industry. The post Successfully Approaching M&As in Healthcare IT appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News. Health Information Technology AirStrip Angela Pierce Interoperability Mobile Health Matters

The New Stories Data Can Tell

Healthcare IT Today

In order to make the best possible decision during a crisis, healthcare leaders need reliable, up-to-date information delivered quickly. Delays and inaccuracies in getting that information can mean lives lost. Omni-HealthData, from Information Builders recently introduced enhanced capabilities to make it even easier for healthcare providers to get a single, high-quality view of patients, physicians […].

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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 […].

Our 2018 Health IT Wish List

HiTech Answers

By Mobile Health Matters - The healthcare IT industry enters 2018 with a lot of potential, along with the need to overcome structures that have historically stunted progress. What is on our health IT wish list? The post Our 2018 Health IT Wish List appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

Who will regulate mHealth? Patient Engagement at Crossroads; New Alliance Takes On Interoperability

Chilmark Research

As we’ve reported in a previous post , HIMSS13 afforded enormous buzz and less enlightenment regarding the state of health IT, particularly the four key areas we see as essential to this industry making a true difference in patient care. Public vs. Private Oversight of Mobile Health. Enter Happtique and its Health App Certification Program. The group’s stated purpose is to enable interoperability across the five founding members’ EHRs.

HIStalk Interviews Grahame Grieve, FHIR Architect and Interoperability Consultant

HIStalk Interviews

Grahame Grieve is a principal with Health Intersections of Melbourne, Australia and was the architect-developer of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”) specification that allows EHRs to exchange information. Was it weird to see FHIR as the only universal topic of HIMSS19? Obviously it was gratifying for us to see the community investment that so many people have made becoming justified. But it’s not.


Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

My goal is to continue writing as it is something I truly love to do. It is “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way” [8] . The transparency, accuracy and efficiency of blockchain technology have made it attractive for its adoption by Wall Street. now that it has entered the digital world (albeit tepidly) via EHRs and IT support.

The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. Increasing healthcare consolidation of hospitals has exacerbated the problem of lack of interoperability.

All my HIMSS coverage in one place

Meaningful HIT News

It’s a nice mix of news, features, analysis and commentary. Google Glass startup expecting third healthcare client in less than 6 months (Feb. DeSalvo: True EHR interoperability – and a national HIE – is possible by 2017 (Feb. Interoperability Showcase uses car crash to show how connected data really can improve patient care (March 5). The last of my 10 MedCity News stories from HIMSS14 has been posted.

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Top Digital Healthcare Trends for 2019


As 2019 kicks off, it’s safe to say there are going to be a few trends leading the way in the digital health space. With many healthcare organizations adopting a Value-Based Care model, the need to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital re-admittance numbers is heightened even further. Low-Code : With the need for more solutions in the coming year, healthcare organizations will be seeking low-code solutions for speed and flexibility.


Blockchain and The Future of Data Security


Information contained and stored within a blockchain will exist as a shared, and continually reconciled, database. The two most commonly cited examples of how blockchain can be an assistance in healthcare are data interoperability and unlimited security. By the secure and dependable nature, a blockchain is well maintained and positioned to be a functional aspect of a solution to a variety of problems in healthcare.

Privacy Issues with Patient Portals

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Payers stay informed with information security trends to protect their patients’ data. It can be difficult to effectively document sensitive health information of pediatric patients and older adults whose family members have access to their patient portals without violating the patient’s privacy, according to a viewpoint article in AAP News and Journals.

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7 Telehealth Terms You Need to Know

BHM Healthcare Solutions

If you read our blog post 5 Top Telemeds Trend of 2015 , you know that telehealth is slowly revolutionizing the healthcare world for the better. From remote patient monitoring to distance education, telehealth practices and services are benefiting not only healthcare providers and organization but also patients. With telehealth becoming a popular healthcare news topic, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the most commonly used terms in telehealth.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes sweeping telehealth reforms

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

"COVID-19 has changed not only the way we live, but the way healthcare providers support their patients, especially in regard to mental health," said Cuomo in a statement. " WHY IT MATTERS. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Top Healthcare & Life Sciences Resources for Technology Workers


Today’s healthcare organizations face mountains of data, escalating regulations, and heightened patient expectations. At Perficient, we focus on the healthcare consumer experience, working with organizations to design and implement solutions that enable interoperability, leverage key data insights, and improve consumer experiences and quality of care. . Top Healthcare & Life Sciences Resources for Technology Workers. Healthcare IT News .

Weaving Zoom into workflow and updating EHR saves clinic during COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

At the onset of COVID-19, COPE Community Services, a Tucson, Arizona-based nonprofit behavioral and physical healthcare organization serving more than 15,000 clients in Pima County, was unprepared to have its staff work remotely. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication

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Microsoft unveils Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, to help with RPM security

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Microsoft is previewing its new Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, an API feature that enables healthcare organizations to scale secure connectivity for an array of devices streaming protected health information. WHY IT MATTERS. As health systems ramp up telehealth and, especially, remote patient monitoring programs, they're looking for technologies to help them manage multiple connected devices as they extend care delivery into patients' homes.

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Value-based healthcare – what it means for Thailand

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Thailand’s population is ageing rapidly with almost half of its electorate above 50 years old by 2025. Healthcare costs are rising and it is not tenable in the long-run to keep building hospitals. One possible consideration for the country is the shift towards value-based healthcare (VBHC), which is about improving healthcare outcomes at lower cost. v) Health 2.0.

How One Hospital System Baked Love Into Their Health App

Health Populi

On July 18, 2017, Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Officer at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, tweeted this: When I saw this tweet, I was especially struck by Gomes’s phrase, “Designed & developed with heart/love by my @DICEGRP.” That’s Jefferson’s health solutions group that focuses on digital innovation and consumer experience. This translates to consumers’ growing expectations of the healthcare industry…including hospitals.

FHIR, cloud, pop health and social determinants spark new security challenges

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

With increasing buzz around population health and social determinants of health, those two forces are poised to change philosophies around care delivery and how a hospital or health system works to keep the surrounding community healthy. While that likely means good things for patients and outcomes, it also drives more sharing, more data and more risk of losing your privacy. “It has been my mantra for ten years that we have to change the way we think about data.

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Health IT execs offer thoughts on the big issues of 2021

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

I've seen it said before that year-ahead predictions are like weather reports: Everyone reads them, but almost no one looks back later to see whether they were accurate. healthcare system. And that could help position healthcare organizations to better weather similar challenges.

How blockchain can protect telemedicine programs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

If the virtual connection between a doctor and the patient is unsecure, it is possible that patients’ location, data and other sensitive information could be leaked. “For example, home telehealth devices and sensors may collect and transmit information on activities in the household that a patient wishes to keep private, such as substance abuse or their daily routine, including when their home is unoccupied during particular times of the day,” said Wabo.

By 2020, 1-in-5 Healthcare organisations will adopt Blockchain says new IDC report

Lloyd Price

Blockchain lets the healthcare industry exchange data in a standard format, automate complex processes and apply AI against large silos of medical data. It might even allow patients to sell their data for rewards. While the financial services and shipping industries have been quick to deploy blockchain, the healthcare industry could soon follow their lead as it looks to increase efficiency and security, reduce costs and expand services with the distributed ledger technology.

How far away is Healthcare from a platform-dominated Digital business model?

Lloyd Price

So, how far away is healthcare from a platform-dominated digital business model? Over the past few years, several healthcare focused cloud-based digital platforms – or health clouds - have been announced by big tech firms such as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google. In a recent conversation on my podcast, John Sculley, former CEO of Apple, stated that platform technologies have revolutionized industry after industry with one big exception – healthcare.

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The new Digital Health model : Disruption, Engagement, Integration and Trust

Lloyd Price

Traditional digital health models Most developed countries have moved away from paper-based healthcare solutions and have adopted or are in the process of adopting ‘traditional’ digital healthcare models (see Figure 4). These systems are coded, siloed, fully customised and require highly skilled programmers and IT professionals to develop and manage solutions. But integration and interoperability challenges of existing traditional models will make this progress slower.

Here are the major issues facing healthcare in 2021, according to PwC

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This is according to a new annual report from research and consulting giant PwC entitled “Top health industry issues of 2021: Will a shocked system emerge stronger?” Healthcare right-sizes after the telemedicine explosion. “Quite a bit, it turns out.

Workforce development: Your organization is only as strong as its people

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

How can you minimize the effect of this trend on your healthcare organization? In the month of July, we'll speak to experts about how they're managing their workforces – not just clinicians, but IT departments, data scientists, care managers, back office staff and others. Digital transformation: Healthcare making progress but much work remains. With some 95 percent of healthcare providers having deployed EHRs, the healthcare system is officially digital.

Broadband expansion, $62M for ONC among pandemic relief package provisions

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Digital health advocates also expressed mixed feelings, with the American Telemedicine Association representatives saying the organization appreciated some of the provisions in the bill while noting other ways in which it fell short. WHY IT MATTERS.

HHS Secretary Azar touts Trump admin's digital health response to COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week praised the Trump administration's technology response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting its efforts on data collection, telehealth expansion and more. Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

A tale of two tech titans hoping to help healthcare

Health Blawg

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. But we can’t access data when and where we need it. Apple recently announced its foray into the personal health record market. Amazon, together with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, just announced the establishment of a new joint venture said to focus on technological solutions to lower healthcare costs for their employees. Health Care Law and Consulting. It was the best of times.

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients. Americans enjoy the benefits of the best healthcare providers and innovators in the world. Healthcare costs continue to grow faster than the U.S. GDP, making it more difficult with each passing year for CMS to ensure healthcare to not only its beneficiaries of today, but generations of beneficiaries in the future. We are evaluating the data we have and how best to apply it to our mission.

The Tech Giants are Coming for Healthcare

Lloyd Price

Some of the biggest and most famous tech companies are making big bets on health care. Headlines are just part of the story Let’s peek at the headlines: Amazon is setting up a partnership with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to create a non-profit healthcare company. Health care is incredibly backward in its use of information and consumer technologies and there are ample opportunities to improve patient care while reducing cost. s National Health Service.