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

by Mike Miliard

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

by Bill Siwicki

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.

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Wildfires: Data access in times of disaster

by Beth Jones Sanborn

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

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ONC extends comment period for interoperability rules, updates TEFCA

by Mike Miliard
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT made interoperability news on several fronts Fr
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Startup gets $20 million to tackle healthcare interoperability

by Tom Sullivan

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

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

by Mike Miliard

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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Ministry of Health in Germany officially launches Health Innovation Hub initiative

by Armin Scheuer

The Health Innovation Hub will be the Ministry's bridge to the "digital scene," said health minister Jens Spahn.

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What you need to know about healthcare APIs and interoperability

by Bill Siwicki

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

by Bill Siwicki

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

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CHS makes Apple Health Records available at 100 affiliated hospitals

by Nathan Eddy

The iPhone app enables patients to access data about medications, immunizations, labs and receive notifications.

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Interoperability: Do we have the value proposition upside down?

by Mike Miliard

AMIA CEO Doug Fridsma says healthcare should simplify its approach to data exchange: keeping a laser focus on worthwhile use cases, sharing first and standardizing later, while also taking some cues from the basic APIs that power the World Wide Web.

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How HIEs and AI can work in tandem to boost interoperability ROI

by Mike Miliard

InterSystems HealthShare VP Don Woodlock explains some recent examples of how customers are putting the technology to work improving pop health outcomes and increasing revenue.

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Epic, Cerner and others reveal just how their EHRs are interoperable

by Bill Siwicki

The companies also advise healthcare CIOs on some key interoperability questions to ask any EHR vendor when considering a purchase.

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ONC chief Don Rucker on the current state and 'next frontier' of interoperability

by Mike Miliard

The National Coordinator talks 21st Century Cures, information blocking, Apple, consumerism, FHIR, open APIs and new business models he sees emerging amid the "overarching theme of human choice and freedom and dignity."

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Using information to make better decisions in care

by HIMSS TV

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.

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Cerner touts adoption of normative FHIR R4 standard

by Mike Miliard

The vendor, one of the first to use the new version of the HL7 standard, is also offering advice for how providers can take advantage of the spec for better interoperability.

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Why data portability is becoming the No. 1 interoperability problem

by HIMSS TV

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.

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Providence St. Joseph boosts doc, patient satisfaction with Epic interoperability tool

by Bill Siwicki

Case study: The EHR vendor's Happy Together technology enables the health system to incorporate data from patient portals from other healthcare organizations into its MyChart portal.

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Interoperability: 3 charts take the pulse of health data sharing today

by Tom Sullivan

New HIMSS Media research finds that nearly 75 percent of hospitals are beyond the basic level of interoperability, that best practices for information sharing are emerging and half are gearing up for APIs and FHIR.

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HIMSS19 keynoters challenge private sector to keep pace with FHIR, open APIs

by Tom Sullivan

Former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra said that CMS embracing FHIR means an end to any fight over data standards.

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HL7’s Grieve: FHIR will set data free, empowering both patients and providers

by HIMSS TV

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

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Forrester: Consumerism will force healthcare's hand on interoperability

by Mike Miliard

The research firm's big takeaway from Orlando this past month: Newly empowered patients and the proliferation of data they bring will boost the business case for exchange – and have "cascading effects" for cloud, AI and more.

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CMS deputy admin Boehler on new rules, interoperability and freeing data

by HIMSS TV

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

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Sequoia Project sets sights on info blocking with new workgroup

by Diana Manos

The group, called Interoperability Matters, will focus on addressing the remaining challenges obstructing data exchange and is open to "broad private and public sector participation," officials said.

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CommonWell Connector Program offers new way to connect

by Mike Miliard
CommonWell Health Alliance on Tuesday announced the new CommonWell Connector program, which offers a
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Top health IT challenges right now? Interoperability, modernization

by Nathan Eddy

Health systems are set to focus on declining reimbursements and patient experience, a new study found.

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Patient-centric interoperability is foundation for shift in healthcare

by HIMSS TV

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.

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HL7 foretells FHIR 5

by Tom Sullivan

Organization says 5 will build on FHIR 4 with more normative content, support for apps that use multiple versions of the spec and other advancements.

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State HIEs: 'Don't count us out just yet!'

by Mike Miliard

Even as EHR vendor-driven networks gain maturity and scope, older and more traditional health information exchanges still have a lot of critical value to bring to the table, one expert says.

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Interoperability needs architecture, HIMSS CTIO says

by Tom Sullivan

And there’s already one in the JASON Report from 2014 that was eclipsed by the industry’s excitement about open APIs.

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Here's what innovators really need from EHR makers to move healthcare forward

by Tom Sullivan

APIs are a great start, but so much more goes into building an app and winning customers.

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Tech giants pledge to remove interoperability barriers

by Tom Sullivan

At the White House, technology heavy-hitters promise to work together improving data exchange by embracing FHIR, the Argonaut Project and more.

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Dealing with interoperability challenges on both sides of the pond

by HIMSS TV

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.

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Readers skeptical about tech giants' interop pledge

by Tom Sullivan

Ongoing data sharing problems demonstrate that industry standards are messy and road bumps should be expected.

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A quick look at one HIE evolving with API-based infrastructure

by Mike Miliard

Adopting application programming interfaces enables health information exchanges such as CRISP to more effectively deliver data to hospital and payer members.

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How Banner Health Network is managing interoperability with 30-plus EHRs

by Mike Miliard

A new partnership with Holon Health enables real-time push of key patient information to network providers, regardless of their IT system, cluing them in to data they need to tackle care variation across the ACO.

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Reasons to be optimistic over interoperability in healthcare

by HIMSS TV

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.

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EHR interoperability: We're closing in on a signature moment

by Tom Sullivan

No, interoperability will not be completely solved – but an architectural feat that's about to happen will ignite FHIR and API innovation and bring bright new developer minds to healthcare.

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Showcasing interoperability at HIMSS19

by HIMSS TV

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.

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Can biometrics for patient matching advance interoperability?

by Tom Sullivan

Pew’s director of HIT Ben Moscovitch says consumers prefer biometrics, notably fingerprinting, facial recognition and iris scans, for a unique identifier.

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ResMed giving clinicians direct access to patient data

by HIMSS TV

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.

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KLAS: Making shared data usable is the next big interoperability challenge

by Diana Manos

Research firm says vendors and HIEs are making headway with information sharing but providers face a learning curve in using outside data.

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KLAS: More healthcare orgs should join CommonWell-Carequality

by Diana Manos
Many EHR and health IT vendors have eliminated obstacles to participation, and most have made connection to the network plug-and-play, a new report says.
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Eliminating the post-acute care patient data 'black hole'

by HIMSS TV

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.

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Interoperability tops ONC's future plans, draft outline shows

by Diana Manos

The report from the agency's Health Information Technology Advisory Committee shows that patient engagement and cybersecurity will also be big parts of its agenda going forward.

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ONC: Hospitals making strides on interoperability

by Mike Miliard

More than 90 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals are using 2015 edition certified technology or plan to be soon, says National Coordinator Don Rucker, MD.

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ONC task forces to dig into massive information blocking proposal

by Diana Manos

They'll focus on info blocking, certification requirements, standards for voluntary pediatric health IT certification and the new U.S. Core Data for Interoperability proposal.