Health Information Exchange (HIE)

The development of secure health information exchange between healthcare providers is a nationwide initiative and has been touted as a high priority in order to improve the continuity and quality of care for patients. Providers are required to achieve secure HIE in order to achieve "meaningful use," and qualify for health IT incentives set up by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On September 28, 2010, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT completed its selection of 62 Regional Extension Centers across the United States -- a major component in HIE development.

 

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A strategy most often applied to industries such as manufacturing and aviation might unlock the potential for better care at lower cost, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
May 30, 2014
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Identity management and unauthorized data access by employees present the biggest threat to security and privacy of patient data, according to healthcare providers across the country.
May 30, 2014
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St. Joseph Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system, with 16 hospitals in California, Texas and New Mexico, will roll out a new health informatics platform, an initiative aimed at putting its data to work.
May 22, 2014
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While majorities of providers see value-based payment models becoming the status quo in healthcare, and three quarters say information technology will be critical to making them work, fewer than one-in-three say the reward is worth the risk.
May 20, 2014
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There's a little bit of good news in the healthcare IT arena: CEOs and CIOs are quickly moving to make hiring chief information security officers a top priority.
May 20, 2014
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Epic to non-Epic clinical data sharing can be done, but it is not without challenges, according to a new report from research firm KLAS. The report examines what health organizations not using an Epic system have to do in order to share data with health systems that employ an Epic EHR.
May 16, 2014
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While an HIE referral arrangement reversal has upset the applecart for some, most providers are taking it in stride.
May 15, 2014
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It's no easy feat to be the best, even in the healthcare IT space, but one EHR vendor has come out on top, earning the highest scores for client experience and customer satisfaction in the small practice category.
May 14, 2014
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Despite many physicians and hospitals now meaningfully using electronic health records, there's still a huge gap when it comes to these providers actually exchanging patient data. That reality has some regional extension centers taking up the work of health information exchange. The funding, however, is often hard to come by.
May 13, 2014
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HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been trending upward since 2008, in fact, and it took some major leaps forward in 2013.
May 6, 2014
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Health information exchange is at a crossroads, with many HIEs having exhausted their funding -- and some having already gone out of business -- just as data exchange is becoming more important than ever. Some innovative exchanges are proving their value, however.
April 28, 2014
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As the volume and variety of medical images increases, providers are looking for better ways to store and access them. Vendor neutral archives are fast finding favor -- but in many respects the jury is still out on just what a VNA is and what it should offer.
April 24, 2014
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As hospitals adopt and expand mobile computing strategies, power systems are critical to ensuring caregivers access the information they need, shift after shift, where it matters most – at the point of care. The marketplace is filled with competing claims about which factors matter most. To help hospital decision makers evaluate their options, here are seven questions to ask in evaluating mobile computing workstations, primarily focused on power systems.
February 5, 2013
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EHRs were projected to reduce the need for transcription. However, with slower than anticipated adoption of EHRs by providers coupled with concerns about quality and fear of inaccurate documentation and over-billing due to inappropriate copy/paste and template use, there is still a demand for transcription technology and services. A skilled medical transcriptionist can be the economical choice when faced with passing time-consuming tasks on to the most expensive person in the documentation workflow – the physician – and can serve as the extra pair of eyes to validate structured and encoded data intended for consumption by the EHR.
January 28, 2013
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Both developed and emerging countries face three global megatrends that will have a crippling impact on their economies and societies if not address in the near future. The most significant trend is a rapidly aging world population. The proportion of the population over the age of 60 is projected to double between 2000 and 2050. At its 2012 Healthcare Innovation Summit, Intel convened several worldwide thought leaders to discuss opportunities to alleviate the impact of global aging, cost growth and workforce shortages.
November 15, 2012
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A May 2012 study by Manhattan Research highlighted that physician tablet adoption reached 62 percent in 2012, with half of those physicians using their device at the point of care. While the phenomenon is largely a spillover from widespread consumer adoption, its promise and value for improving care are tangible. As provisions of the Affordable Care Act – hospital re-admission penalties and accountable care participation – take effect, now more than ever mobile technology is poised to help all stakeholders benefit from improved and safer care, better outcomes and a more efficient, accessible healthcare system. This paper, published as a result the Healthcare Innovation Summit, provides insights from three thought leaders on mobile technology’s impact on collaborative care and workflow in their renowned healthcare organizations.
November 15, 2012
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In March 2012, the Obama Administration launched a $200 million “Big Data Research and Development Initiative,” which aims to transform the use of big data for scientific discovery and biomedical research, among other areas. Stakeholders now need to come together to take advantage of market conditions and realize the value of the incredible amount of important data in a more efficient and expeditious manner. In the spirit of collaboration and as part of the Intel Innovations Summit, the global technology leader in computing convened four thought leaders to share how their respective industries are meeting challenges and utilizing big data.
November 15, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare <a href="/directory/cloud-computing" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Cloud Computing</a> and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
November 7, 2012
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Barcodes, in the healthcare environment, are a patient’s voice. They identify, communicate and connect the patient accurately with his or her records from the moment care begins. Whether it’s at check-in, at the bedside or in the lab, barcodes help protect patients’ safety and reduce medical errors – which can cost your organization millions of dollars. This white paper that discusses how barcodes can be the patient’s voice – and save your organization from costly errors – during patient identification procedures, medication administration at the bedside, as well as in the lab during specimen collection and tracking.
November 1, 2012
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Meaningful Use Stage 2: A handbook for providers discusses the changes in Stage 2 following the release of the final rules. This report focuses on what providers should expect, technology challenges and business opportunities in Stage 2 criteria, and key enterprise strategies for Stage 2 initiatives.
October 29, 2012
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Electronic locks and latches provide enhanced security where healthcare facilities need it the most – on the carts and cabinets that house valuable medical supplies and patient information. Electronic locks provide secure locking and audit trail capabilities that can help healthcare IT managers comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA and <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">HITECH</a>. This white paper explores opportunities for improved physical security in the healthcare environment and reviews electronic access solutions available to equipment manufacturers.
October 16, 2012
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Specialty medicine practices rarely employ a dedicated information technology resource. Durham Nephrology is no exception. The Durham practice navigated the uncharted waters of attesting to <a href="/directory/meaningful-use" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Meaningful Use</a> under <a href="/directory/health-information-technology-economic-and-clinical-health-hitech-act" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">the HITECH Act</a> of 2009 without the benefit of an IT expert or outside consultant. They implemented an <a href="/directory/electronic-health-record-ehr" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">EHR</a> system in 2003 and believed that an EHR was the only long-term, effective way to organize patient charts and clinical notes. Read this story to find out this resourceful team achieved their goals--and more.
September 4, 2012
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Earlier this month, I wrote about some of the most important and notable highlights in the world of health IT and ONC over the past year. As we start the New Year, I am excited about what the future holds and want to share what I see as five big health IT trends for the year to come.
January 31, 2012
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The day is rapidly coming when healthcare providers across the country will be able to share information about patients with a few clicks of a mouse. Key to this future, at least initially, is the formation of health information exchanges (HIEs).
January 30, 2012
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Admittedly, our predictions for 2011 were modest. So for 2012, we’ll go out on a limb with many of our predictions. Hopefully that limb won’t crack sending us crashing to the ground.
January 12, 2012
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I would like to highlight ten of this year's most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC.
January 10, 2012
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You can read about the shift happening. You can see the shift happening. You can sense the shift happening. In all of this, there is still an understanding that we have a long way to go in order to achieve a true connected health care system, yet we know the movement is happening.
December 29, 2011
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It is almost becoming the norm to say that it has been another tumultuous year in the healthcare IT market. If 2011, was a bit bumpy, believe we will see craters in the road to HIT enlightenment in 2012.
December 28, 2011
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The December HIT Standards Committee included a discussion of the work ahead for the next year based on the priorities we've heard from stakeholders. We'll have 10 in person and 2 telephonic meetings in 2012.
December 20, 2011
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This past week I had the pleasure of traveling, along with MedTech Media Editorial Director Rich Pizzi, to Amelia Island, Fla. for the inaugural HIMSS Leaders & Innovators conference.
November 22, 2011
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We’ve all heard the classic song Small Town by John Mellencamp, which romanticizes growing up and living in some place other than the big city. I, too, am what most would consider “small town,” and many aspects of small town life haven’t changed a lot since I left. That small-town simplicity, however, also exists in the local health care facilities.
November 16, 2011
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On Nov. 8, the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, an organization of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing EHRs issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners.
November 10, 2011
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When Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health information technology, addresses more than 4,700 healthcare professionals at the Allscripts Client Experience in Nashville on Monday morning, Aug. 29, he’s likely to discuss one of the most exciting developments in healthcare today – and perhaps surprisingly, it won’t be the meaningful use of electronic health records.
August 28, 2011
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Those of you keeping a close eye on the ONC and its activities might have noticed the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, requesting public input on a set of proposed metadata standards recommended to ONC by the HIT Standards Committee.
August 18, 2011
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Medicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), announced today its collaboration with Delta Health Alliance, one of 17 sites nationwide selected by the federal government to serve as a Beacon Community for the pioneering use of health information technology. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded Beacon grants totaling $220 million as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.
May 16, 2011
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OCHIN, (parent of O-HITEC), a non-profit provider of health information technology and services for community based health clinics serving the medically underserved, has reached an agreement with ORHQN to assist Oregon's 25 Critical Access Hospitals in reaching the federal requirement to meaningfully use an electronic health record.
May 10, 2011
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Emdeon Inc. (NYSE: EM), a leading provider of healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, as summarized below:
May 6, 2011
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Logansport Memorial Hospital and Woodlawn Hospital are now part of the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). By joining dozens of hospitals, along with long term care facilities and other healthcare providers throughout the state, physicians at Logansport Memorial and Woodlawn hospitals will be able to better serve patients by securely accessing necessary information to make decisions critical to patient care.
May 3, 2011
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CHIME StateNet is releasing guiding principles that it has developed as foundational operating guidelines for regional extension centers (RECs) and health information exchanges (HIEs).
February 21, 2011
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New research from HIMSS Analytics and NextGen Healthcare supports use of Health Information Exchanges and early involvement in ACOs as critical to transforming healthcare delivery
February 21, 2011
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Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in patient data integrity solutions for the health information management (HIM), health informatics and health information technology (HIT) markets, today unveiled IDMaster, an innovative software solution designed to optimize workflow when reviewing and validating potential duplicate patient records.
September 28, 2010
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RelayHealth, a provider of healthcare connectivity services has announced that Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in California has selected RelayHealth’s health information exchange (HIE) connectivity solution to help improve the quality of care and safety for its patients, create closer alignment with its physicians, and address the governance issues that arise in the process of connecting healthcare communities.
August 24, 2010
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