Data Security relates to Interoperability

Focus on interoperability: What we learned

Top takeaways from a month of reporting on today's current state and the future of health data sharing.

Wolters Kluwer offers AI-powered data mapping to help with hospital M&A

As health systems merge, the need to reconcile data sets from disparate EHR systems for population health and quality improvement is critical, and artificial intelligence can help, the company says.

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Cloud interoperability tech eases interface work at University of Louisville Hospital

The hospital has been able to use the Amazon Web Services-based interface engine to send hundreds of millions of messages both internally and externally.

Wildfires: Data access in times of disaster

The HIMSS Insights eBook on connected care and interoperability looked at the impact and potential of the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE).

If it seems like health data interoperability is a mess now, consider what it was like two decades ago. Dr. Mark Roche, who was there to witness it, explains in this video what was happening then and contrasts that to our current state of interoperability.

"It was a huge fight," Roche, who is a partner at Avanti iHealth, told HIMSS TV.

That’s mostly because of so many competing standards. There were specifications for data exchange, and different specs for clinical coding systems and, to make it even harder, they were at various levels of maturity.

Today, "it is tremendously different because we have made certain standards freely available to the public. That makes it easy to use, easy to adopt."

And the proposed rules that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT revealed at HIMSS19 during February are going to be good for value-based care and improving patient outcomes as well as enabling clinicians to communicate with patients by interacting with them instead of with EHRs on computer screens.

"It’s important," Roche said, "to send a strong signal that healthcare data belongs to the patient and it cannot be blocked."

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ONC extends comment period for interoperability rules, updates TEFCA

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT made interoperability news on several fronts Friday: granting a much-requested 30-day extension for public comments on its proposed data exchange, information blocking and patient access rules and publishing the second draft of its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

Startup gets $20 million to tackle healthcare interoperability

Bridge Connector says its “no-code” iPaaS platform can be used to integrate a variety of data sources.

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

A new survey from the American Telemedicine Association assesses the current state of data exchange standards for remote care and offers best practices for health systems looking to capitalize on its potential.

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What you need to know about healthcare APIs and interoperability

Three experts discuss how application programming interfaces help enable system interoperability, and describe what the role of APIs will be in the future.

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How to ensure interoperable data is usable by caregivers

Three high-profile physician IT leaders offer their takes and advice on the usability of data brought together by interoperability technologies and standards.