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 report on the use of health IT and its impact on patient safety, released at a news briefing Nov. 10 in the nation's capital, calls for funding a new Health IT Safety Council to evaluate criteria for assessing and monitoring the safe use of health IT.
November 10, 2011
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A group of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing electronic health records have issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between providers, health information exchanges and other data-sharing partners.
November 9, 2011
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A new survey from Anthelio finds that a majority of community hospitals report having low operating margins due to rising healthcare costs and lower Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. Nonetheless, most hospitals surveyed are still working to implement an array of health IT.
November 9, 2011
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Whether it's meaningful use or simply finding the right personnel, 2012 promises to be chock-full of tricky IT issues for physician practices. Bob Dean, vice president of technology at ChartLogic, gives us the top 10 challenges for physician practices in the new year.
November 8, 2011
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The HIMSS Electronic Health Records Association and the iHealth Alliance (iHA) have announced a collaboration aimed at supporting efforts to develop practical, effective and optimized reporting tools to collect information on medical incidents that may be related to the use of health information technology.
November 8, 2011
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Sharing electronic health information across every major emergency department in the Memphis, Tenn., area resulted in reduced hospital admissions, reduced radiology tests and an annual cost savings of nearly $2 million, according to a recent study conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
November 8, 2011
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The National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) issued a statement Nov. 2 praising the Inland Northwest Health Services for helping 12 hospitals in the Northwest attest to meaningful use.
November 7, 2011
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Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum (LHCQF) and Orion Health, Inc. announced Friday the launch of LaHIE, Louisiana's statewide health information exchange.
November 4, 2011
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Siemens Healthcare announced Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Yardley, Pa.-based MobileMD, Inc., a provider of health information exchange technology.
November 4, 2011
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Citing concerns raised over the potential harm that could stem from a digital healthcare system, the Institute of Medicine, best known for its 1999 report on medical errors "To Err is Human," is poised to release another report -- this time on the risks associated with electronic health records.
November 4, 2011
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Earlier this year, KLAS put out a report on the ambulatory RIS/PACS market that summed up the sector's mood thusly: "Waiting for the other shoe to drop." The first shoe, explains Ben Brown, GM for medical equipment & imaging informatics at KLAS and a coauthor of the study, dropped back when outpatient imaging reimbursements were cut, and providers had to scramble to reduce costs accordingly.
November 3, 2011
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Results from the 2011 HIMSS Security Survey show that three-quarters of all respondents report that their organization performs an assessment to evaluate risks to patient data.
November 3, 2011
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