Focus on Interoperability

Interoperability: Health IT's hardest problem is (finally) at an inflection point

With FHIR 4, Open APIs, Carequality and CommonWell reaching a milestone of sorts and the finalized information blocking rule from Health and Human Services coming, the table is set for notable advancements in health information exchange.
 
During April, we'll talk to experts and thought leaders about what's really happening in interoperability, present original HIMSS Media research on the state of data exchange, delve into the newly proposed rule from HHS and share insights about what the future holds.

What you need to know

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In an effort it says will help hospitals and health plans to better aggregate data from disparate...

By Mike Miliard |
Cloud interoperability tech eases interface work at University of Louisville Hospital
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The University of Louisville Hospital was managed by a partner organization and, consequently,...

By Bill Siwicki |
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When it comes to responding to disasters like the wildfires that ravage California in the US...

By Beth Jones Sanborn |

National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Donald Rucker

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT made interoperability news on several fronts...

By Mike Miliard |
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Bridge Connector on Tuesday announced that it has secured $10 million in funding from Axioma...

By Tom Sullivan |
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As the American Telemedicine Association annual conference kicks off in New Orleans this week,...

By Mike Miliard |

Health minister Jens Spahn speaking at the opening of the Health Innovation Hub in Berlin

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In yet another step to drive the digital transformation of Germany’s healthcare system, the...

By Armin Scheuer |
What you need to know about healthcare APIs and interoperability
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Application programming interfaces enable information systems to communicate and transfer data...

By Bill Siwicki |
How to ensure interoperable data is usable by caregivers
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Everyone knows that interoperability is key to realizing the improved outcomes that technology...

By Bill Siwicki |
Apple Health Records iPhone
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Community Health Systems (CHS) announced that the Apple Health Records app for iPhones is now...

By Nathan Eddy |
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Dr. Doug Fridsma, CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, has been working on the...

By Mike Miliard |
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"Interoperability is essentially front page news now, and I think that's exciting," said Don...

By Mike Miliard |
Epic, Cerner and others reveal just how their EHRs are interoperable
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Many electronic health record vendors claim their technologies are interoperable with other...

By Bill Siwicki |
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Healthcare has been striving for the Holy Grail of sweeping, seamless, semantic interoperability...

By Mike Miliard |
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Interoperability is the cornerstone of advanced clinical decision support and knowledge management to fulfill the promise of patient engagement and consumer-directed exchange, says HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf.

By HIMSS TV |
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Three months after it was first released, the most recent version of HL7's Fast Healthcare...

By Mike Miliard |
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The data liquidity issue will soon be resolved, leaving data portability as the next interoperability hurdle, says Dr. Tom Giannulli, CMIO of AMA’s Integrated Health Model Initiative.

By HIMSS TV |
Providence St. Joseph boosts physician, patient satisfaction with Epic interoperability tool
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Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton, Washington, operates 51 hospitals across seven states –...

By Bill Siwicki |
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Interoperability is at an intriguing intersection right now....

By Tom Sullivan |
HIMSS19 Keynote speakers.
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ORLANDO – HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf of Tuesday outlined the most pressing challenges healthcare in...

By Tom Sullivan |
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FHIR is key to interoperability and better data access, says FHIR product director for HL7 International Grahame Grieve.

By HIMSS TV |
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Forrester Research has published a report summing up its impressions from the HIMSS19 Global...

By Mike Miliard |
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CMMI Director Adam Boehler details the impact of new interoperability rules from CMS and ONC. 

By HIMSS TV |
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The Sequoia Project, a nonprofit and public-private collaborative for the advancement of an...

By Diana Manos |

Providers that currently are currently live with CommonWell Services. (Image: CommonWell Health Alliance)

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CommonWell Health Alliance on Tuesday announced the new CommonWell Connector program, which...

By Mike Miliard |
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Health system executives agree data sharing between providers, payers and government and industry...

By Nathan Eddy |
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HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf discusses with a panel of luminaries in the field of healthcare the interoperability rule that gives people full access to their clinical records.

By HIMSS TV |
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Health Level 7 International on Monday offered a peek at its roadmap for Fast Healthcare...

By Tom Sullivan |

"If you go looking for the people that have the last mile wired and/or have the data available – and in some cases have it in normalized, curated repositories, ready to be exchanged – it's the HIEs," says John Kansky.

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Once upon a time, not too long ago, state and regional health information exchanges were really...

By Mike Miliard |
Steve Wretling speaking at a HIMSS event
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Interoperability: There’s a lot happening right now. FHIR, as in Fast Healthcare Interoperability...

By Tom Sullivan |
epic, cerner, allscripts, meditech signs from HIMSS18 convention booths
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Healthcare is on the verge of open APIs and data, developer programs from leading software...

By Tom Sullivan |
Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce representatives speaking at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON, DC – A broad coalition of technology giants took the stage in an unscheduled session...

By Tom Sullivan |
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Janne Pitkänen, CEO of Finnish-based Adusso Ltd., says we must consider cross-border interoperability between healthcare systems, which would also enable benchmarking – especially in the U.S. and the Nordics.

By HIMSS TV |
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Interoperability has long been a contender for health IT’s hardest problem to solve. And with...

By Tom Sullivan |
HIE evolving with API-based infrastructure
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In recent years, state and regional health information exchanges – the ones that have managed to...

By Mike Miliard |
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Banner Health Network, with 5,000 affiliated physicians and 15 hospitals in the Phoenix area, is...

By Mike Miliard |
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Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at HIMSS, says tools exist to engage patients with their data in ways that create a good relationship with providers — when the technology doesn't get in the way.

By HIMSS TV |
EHR interoperability is close
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Get ready for this: Interoperability is on the cusp of a breakthrough akin to AT&T customers...

By Tom Sullivan |
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Christel Anderson, senior director of Interoperability Initiatives for HIMSS, talks about a HIMSS19 showcase dealing with topics including data sharing, patient engagement and social determinants of health that intersect with interoperability.

By HIMSS TV |
Pew Ben Moscovitch
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It sounds so easy. Just match the right medical or other personal information with the right...

By Tom Sullivan |
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The organization is partnering with Providence St. Joseph to enable clinicians to apply insights that help patients be more compliant, says ResMed's VP of SaaS Strategy Annie McBride.

By HIMSS TV |
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Interoperability and data exchange might be making progress, but the information isn’t always...

By Diana Manos |
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What's holding back widespread interoperability? The latest KLAS report says it's governance and...

By Diana Manos |
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Nick Knowlton, VP of strategic initiatives at Brightree, discusses working with the CommonWell Health Alliance to enable patient-centric interoperability across the spectrum of care.

By HIMSS TV |
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A new update on a FY18 annual report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT...

By Diana Manos |

"Hospitals engaged in all four interoperability domains – electronically sending, receiving, finding, and integrating – increased 41 percent since 2016," said National Coordinator for Health IT Donald Rucker, MD, seen speaking here at HIMSS18.

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In 2014, just 78 percent of hospitals were able to send electronic patient information to other...

By Mike Miliard |

Elise Sweeney Anthony, director of the ONC Office of Policy (seen, center, at HIMSS19) said ONC will not be extend the comment period on the proposed rule, because it's important to move as quickly as possible toward a final rule.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created four task...

By Diana Manos |