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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As the deadly Ebola virus made landfall in the U.S. for the first time in 2014, it raised a host of questions about electronic health records, provider workflow and the readiness of the country’s IT infrastructure to deal with a potential outbreak.
December 12, 2014
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Each month in this space, we speak to HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President Hoyt and HIMSS Analytics Senior Director of Research Jennifer Horowitz to get their perspective on provider uptake of health IT. From basic EHRs to advanced clinical and business analytics, the industry has made huge strides in the past five years or so, and this most recent year was as eventful as any.
December 12, 2014
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Montefiore Medical Center delivers care to some 2 million people in the Bronx and beyond, and has been a longtime leader in population health initiatives. But one of the "basic challenges that we face," says Jack Wolf, Montefiore's chief information officer, "is the lack of a unique patient identifier."
December 11, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday announced the release of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, 2015-2020, updating the goals of an initiative most recently published in 2011, when the U.S. healthcare landscape looked much different than it does today.
December 8, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data: they're watching, and will step in where necessary.
December 5, 2014
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Electronic health record behemoth Epic Systems has inked a deal with a lobbying firm to work on its interoperability image – one that has left a perception that Epic has a closed system that does not easily work well with other EHR systems.
December 5, 2014
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Health Level Seven International has launched the Argonaut Project -- a collaborative comprising healthcare heavy-hitters such as Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain, Beth Israel Deaconess and Partners HealthCare -- to speed the development and adoption of HL7’s standards framework, FHIR.
December 5, 2014
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The need to share patient information with other providers and the use of financial incentives are key drivers in why many providers adopt and use health information technology tools such as electronic health records, according a data brief released today from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
December 5, 2014
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"I'd like to see a world where you get paid because you have good informaticians," said Doug Fridsma, MD, former chief scientist at ONC and now CEO of AMIA, speaking Wednesday at RSNA's 100th annual meeting in Chicago.
December 4, 2014
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Health information exchanges most likely curb emergency room usage and costs, in some cases. But there's been a lot of talk lately about whether they are financially sustainable. A new systematic review suggests that, for the most part, they're not.
December 3, 2014
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In our monthly "Benchmarks" column, Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics take stock of the market for imaging technology. While provider buying trends may have been relatively staid these past several years, hospital consolidation and image proliferation point to a new era for archiving and retrieval systems.
November 25, 2014
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CommonWell Health Alliance is marching toward "a new phase" of its vendor-driven interoperability efforts, extending its availability to providers, signing on new corporate members and eyeing new opportunities for nationwide expansion.
November 21, 2014
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