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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Continua Health Alliance will co-locate its upcoming U.S. Plugfest at IHE North America Connectathon 2014, Jan. 28-29, in Chicago. It's billed as the largest interoperability testing event for health IT in the country -- attracting 100 vendors and more than 600 engineers to test more than 160 systems.
November 11, 2013
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More than half of U.S. hospitals are currently connected to a regional, state or private health information exchange, with a majority of them citing this as their biggest challenge yet.
November 11, 2013
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Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based EMRs, announced in January it would acquire San Mateo, Calif.-based Epocrates, a mobile health company known for its point-of-care medical apps. athenahealth will pay about $293 million in cash.
November 10, 2013
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The timing of the government shutdown, Oct. 1-16, which coincided with the start of meaningful use Stage 2 and left the Office of the National Coordinator gutted, seems an unfortunate turn of events that industry observers say is causing delays to health IT progress.
November 10, 2013
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Financially strapped rural and critical access hospitals that are struggling with electronic health record implementation costs are about to get some big relief across the state of Arkansas.
November 1, 2013
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As CommonWell Health Alliance, the new interoperability coalition of health IT vendors, approaches the start of its first pilot project, company officials used AHIMA's annual conference in Atlanta to highlight the biggest health information exchange hurdles currently facing vendors and providers.
October 31, 2013
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Mobile devices have found their way into virtually every corner of the world, even in the most remote and least technologically developed countries. And this reality, says Joan Cornet, mHealth director at Mobile World Capital in Barcelona, has a "huge impact" on the potential of mobile health going forward.
October 28, 2013
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Speaking at the AHIMA convention and exhibit in Atlanta on Monday, two officials from the CommonWell Health Alliance outlined their plans for the trade group's interoperability pilot, and spotlighted some of the ongoing health information exchange challenges facing providers and technology vendors today.
October 28, 2013
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A new ONC study shows that a majority of office-based physicians are able to view lab results and send medication data electronically. The researchers used data from a 2011 survey of physicians.
October 28, 2013
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The "real opponents" to a unique patient identification system "are the privacy advocates," said Sharp HealthCare CIO Bill Spooner in his call for a national patient ID at the CHIME Fall CIO Forum earlier this month. He was right.
October 23, 2013
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A lot has changed since Calvin Coolidge was president. The number of patients has increased exponentially, and the volume and variety of health data has, too. The technologies used to manage it all could only have been dreamed of in 1928. AHIMA has been there all along.
October 22, 2013
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In addition to making for better, more coordinated patient care, one of the imperatives of health information exchange is to show a positive return on investment. But for that to ever happen, there's a different ROI strategy that needs to be squared away first.
October 22, 2013
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