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.


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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 […].

Interoperability Between Hospitals and EMS is a Light Switch Away

Healthcare IT Today

DirectTrust recently hosted their second annual Summit (recordings still available), an event focused on connecting DirectTrust members and non-members with some of the nation’s greatest healthcare and interoperability experts.

New Healthcare Interoperability Solution Leverages Age-Old Technology

Healthcare IT Today

We may scoff at fax technology, but it remains one of the lowest-cost, lowest barrier ways to exchange patient records. Despite repeated attempts to axe-the-fax in healthcare, it continues to be relied upon by healthcare organizations. J2 Global’s Consensus interoperability solution leans into and leverages this age-old technology to help organizations more easily (and securely) […].

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 […].

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.

Top 10 Healthcare IT News stories of 2020

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

– and the wherewithal of the information systems and digital data that keep them running – been put to the test quite like it was in 2020. A massive nationwide scale-up of telehealth and remote patient monitoring unlike anything yet seen.

Healthcare Buzzwords That Should Be Retired in 2020

Healthcare IT Today

We love buzzwords and catch-phrases in healthcare don’t we? As we start 2020, I thought it would be fun to conduct an informal poll of Health IT […]. AI/Machine Learning Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT IT 2020 Artificial Intelligence healthcare buzzwords Interoperability Patient ExperienceEveryone wants to “bend the cost curve” by “breaking down silos”.

Bringing Harmony to Case Management

Healthcare IT Today

In a value-based world, case management is an important role As we move to a value-based system, acute-care organizations are placing more energy and focus on ensuring patients remain healthy after they leave the four walls of their facilities. Case Managers play a vital role in this area, working with patients after discharge and with […].

WANTED: Innovative Technology for Social Care Referrals

Healthcare IT Today

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking Health IT Solutions that will help healthcare systems and community-based organizations partner together to provide holistic health and social care for older adults.

Practical Innovation on Full Display at 2019

Healthcare IT Today

The annual event was created to break down the silos that separate people, organizations and companies in Health IT. The event brings together smart, forward-thinking and hard-working Health IT professionals for 3 days of collaboration, sharing and conversation. The central theme is: practical innovation – technologies, methodologies and best practices that help healthcare organizations […].

The Future of Fax in Healthcare Is Paperless

Healthcare IT Today

Confidentiality Is A Cornerstone of the Healthcare Industry. Inspired by ethical tradition, HIPAA guidelines mandate that patient information be stored and communicated securely. Administration Ambulatory Communication and Patient Experience Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT IT Dev Ops LTPAC Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Scene Featured OpenText Paperless Fax QuickPulse Secure Fax The Fax Guys


Redox and FDB Partner to Improve Medication Adherence with EHR Writeback Functionality

Healthcare IT Today

Interoperability-as-a-service provider, Redox, recently announced a new partnership with First Databank (FDB) to improve patient education, compliance and clinical workflow. Communication and Patient Experience EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System IT EHR API EMR Interoperability FDB First Databank Medication Adherence Patient Discharge Patient Education patient safety Redox

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Wedging Out: Improving Quality and Reducing Costs of Caring for Expensive, Niche Populations

Healthcare IT Today

Health plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), medical homes, and other risk-bearing entities are at a critical juncture: they must achieve “value” at a time when healthcare is facing enormous challenges. Rising healthcare prices, an aging population, and a rapid increase in costly […]. The following is a guest article by Adam Sabloff, CEO and Founder, VirtualHealth.

Patient Transfers to Post-Acute Care Rely Largely on Outdated Manual Methods, Hindering Optimal Care

Healthcare IT Today

While electronic health records are commonplace today in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, a new study reveals surprising statistics when it comes to transferring patient data between these facilities. Providers are routinely sharing essential patient information manually […]. The following is a guest article by BJ Boyle, VP & GM, Post Acute Insights, PointClickCare Technologies Inc.

Compassionate Health IT Understands Whom It’s Dealing With: News from a Lumeon Installation

Healthcare IT Today

I’m convinced that health IT can solve many of health care’s problems–but only when it is designed and rolled out with the greatest sensitivity to the needs of the users. The Rolodex of failed health start-ups confirm this principle through negative examples. This article covers a positive confirmation of the principle, through a talk with […].

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 […].

How Philips Has Pivoted In the COVID-19 Pandemic: Connected Care From Hospital to Home

Health Populi

HIMSS cancelled the conference just days before it was to commence… due to the great disruption of COVID-19. People at Philips are going out of their way to make it happen,” noting “extraordinary efforts” and teams mobilizing in the pandemic to meet the moment. Philips continues on its “journey into Connected Care,” as Roy described the current trajectory as the company has pivoted directly into the heart of the coronavirus pandemic with health care systems around the world.

2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

2019: Year in Review It's been an eventful year for health IT. Of course, that's been the case every year over the past decade since the first meaningful use checks were mailed out, kickstarting the digital healthcare age as we know it. As we look back on 2019, it's worth remembering how far the industry has traveled to get here. -- Mike Miliard, Editor. Enhancing the patient experience with technology.

Despite Use of Health IT Tools, U.S. Primary Care Physicians Struggle With Care Coordination

Healthcare IT Today

healthcare system today. The survey, which reached out to primary care physicians around the world, found that despite having powerful health IT tools at the ready, U.S.-based based PCPs are still finding it difficult to coordinate care with other […]. A new survey has drawn conclusions that, while infuriating, probably won’t surprise anyone working in the U.S.

It’s Time for Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities to Break Down Patient Data Silos

Healthcare IT Today

Our healthcare system is approaching a critical time in which an aging population will bring baby boomers into hospitals and post-acute care facilities in record numbers. C-Suite Leadership Communication and Patient Experience EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System LTPAC Regulations Health Data Sharing Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Scene Featured Hospital Readmissions Nursing Shortage PointClickCare Poste Acute Care Sean Vandeweerd transitions of care

SNF Setback: Acute Care Providers Share Limited Data when Transferring Patients to Post-Acute Care

Healthcare IT Today

As patients move from acute-care facilities to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), the sharing of critical patient information and associated data is extremely important for coordinating care. Despite best intentions, most acute-care providers are still not sharing all patient data and […]. The following is a guest article by Sean Vandeweerd, Sr. Product Manager, PointClickCare Technologies Inc.

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 […].

Telehealth is past the 'tipping point' – how's it doing with interoperability?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the American Telemedicine Association annual conference kicks off in New Orleans this week, the organization has published a white paper focused on the status of telehealth interoperability. WHY IT MATTERS. The promise is immense, but big hurdles still remain before it reaches its full potential. And its specifications are also evolving as the technology and implementations mature. Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

Maturing Collaborative Culture Drives Analytics and Experience


My last blog in this series outlined virtual consults and the major role they play today in the patient experience. Today, I focus on the opportunities with better analytics and patient experience. The emerging Salesforce/Cerner relationship is one of many indicators of a new paradigm in the culture of—as much as of the mechanics of—interoperability. As this plays out across healthcare, it has a number of specific impacts.

Tech optimization: Getting the most out of telehealth

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In this Healthcare IT News special report, telemedicine technology experts from Amwell, Caregility, Eko and emocha Health offer readers their decades of expertise in the form of best practices for optimizing the technology. Integration for a better user experience.

Countries worldwide share perspectives on pandemic-era digital innovation

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 crisis has shown in no uncertain terms the value and criticality of having a digitised and connected healthcare ecosystem: one that enables easy access to near-real-data, supports the demands of virtual care, prioritises patient experience and protects patient data.

New CDS from Change Healthcare enables home-based telemonitoring

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Change Healthcare on Monday unveiled the most recent version of InterQual 2019, its flagship clinical decision support technology. WHY IT MATTERS. InterQual is able to offer payers and providers evidence-based guidelines to help identify patients who might be good candidates for home-based care programs. As patient populations age and hospital staff and resources are stretched thin, home-based care will only become more prevalent in the years ahead.

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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. Cooperation among different organisations working together to improve outcomes for patients.

Partners launches expansive 5-year digital health innovation plan

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Partners HealthCare on Thursday announced a new five-year technology initiative designed to drive digital innovation, improve clinical care and enhance the patient experience. WHY IT MATTERS. Partners HealthCare – which earlier this month announced that it would rebrand, becoming Mass General Brigham – also includes several community and specialty hospitals in addition to its two flagship facilities.

How One Hospital System Baked Love Into Their Health App

Health Populi

That’s Jefferson’s health solutions group that focuses on digital innovation and consumer experience. Here’s a health system that’s focused on that customer experience, which has become a critical success factor for healthcare to thrive. That’s because, as Steve Laughlin, VP and General Manager of IBM’s Global Consumer Group recently explained to me, a consumer’s last great customer experience becomes the benchmark expectation for the next one.

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.

HIStalk Interviews Eric McDonald, CEO, DocuTap

HIStalk Interviews

That’s also known as the urgent care space, but it is morphing and changing into more what we call on-demand care. What does that on-demand marketplace look like and how is it changing? It has been known historically as the urgent care space. The term “urgent care” gives the impression that the patients’ needs are urgent. This part of healthcare has realized that and shifted its services to meet those needs.

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? How can you recruit the best people, retain talent you have and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the patients you serve? 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. How the consumerization of healthcare is changing the industry.

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

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

” For this report, PwC’s Health Research Institute surveyed 2,511 American consumers, 128 health plan executives, 153 healthcare provider organization executives, and 124 pharmaceutical and life sciences executives in August and September 2020. “Quite a bit, it turns out.

A guide to telehealth vendors in the age of COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth always has been a key pillar of technology-enabled care delivery that helps hospitals, health systems and group practices deliver quality care at a distance – and often also gain efficiencies, improve patient and provider satisfaction and save costs. It offers one system for telemedicine that spans the care continuum from urgent to acute care, and equips clinicians, patients and the industry that supports them with tools to enhance the healthcare experience.

mHealth Guide to HIMSS19

mHealth Insight

Next week (11-15 February 2019) in Orlando (USA) 45,000 delegates will attend the world’s biggest Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition and we’ll be there for meetings and to learn about and share mHealth innovations with readers of the mHealth Insight blog. manufactures Healthcare-grade Batteries/Chargers and Barcode Scanners for the Medical Industry. Patients have more control throughout their stay, which enhances their overall experience.

“Apple announces effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone”

mHealth Insight

Since June 2010 we have been providing Facetime Video Consults with registered Doctors (in the UK and Ireland where our Doctors are registered) via 3G Doctor and it’s abundantly clear that the value and usefulness that the independent impartial advice of a registered Doctor could offer to billions of Patients has been undermined by the lack of access Patients have to their Medical Records.

The Tech Giants are Coming for Healthcare

Lloyd Price

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. It may be too early to start imagining a world where health care is truly owned by Big Tech — you order prescription drugs with your Amazon Prime account, see a nurse at the Apple Clinic, get your benefits statements from Google, and call an Uber instead of an ambulance when you need to go to the hospital.