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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As health systems merge, the need to reconcile data sets from disparate EHR systems for population...
By Mike Miliard |
Cloud interoperability tech eases interface work at University of Louisville Hospital
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The hospital has been able to use the Amazon Web Services-based interface engine to send hundreds...
By Bill Siwicki |
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The HIMSS Insights eBook on connected care and interoperability looked at the impact and potential...
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 says its “no-code” iPaaS platform can be used to integrate a variety...
By Tom Sullivan |
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A new survey from the American Telemedicine Association assesses the current state of data exchange...
By Mike Miliard |

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

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The Health Innovation Hub will be the Ministry's bridge to the "digital scene," said...
By Armin Scheuer |
What you need to know about healthcare APIs and interoperability
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Three experts discuss how application programming interfaces help enable system interoperability,...
By Bill Siwicki |
How to ensure interoperable data is usable by caregivers
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Three high-profile physician IT leaders offer their takes and advice on the usability of data...
By Bill Siwicki |
Apple Health Records iPhone
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The iPhone app enables patients to access data about medications, immunizations, labs and receive...
By Nathan Eddy |
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AMIA CEO Doug Fridsma says healthcare should simplify its approach to data exchange: keeping a...
By Mike Miliard |
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InterSystems HealthShare VP Don Woodlock explains some recent examples of how customers are putting...
By Mike Miliard |
Epic, Cerner and others reveal just how their EHRs are interoperable
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The companies also advise healthcare CIOs on some key interoperability questions to ask any EHR...
By Bill Siwicki |
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The National Coordinator talks 21st Century Cures, information blocking, Apple, consumerism, FHIR,...
By Mike Miliard |
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Interoperability is the cornerstone of advanced clinical decision support and knowledge management...
By HIMSS TV |
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The vendor, one of the first to use the new version of the HL7 standard, is also offering advice...
By Mike Miliard |
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The data liquidity issue will soon be resolved, leaving data portability as the next...
By HIMSS TV |
Providence St. Joseph boosts physician, patient satisfaction with Epic interoperability tool
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Case study: The EHR vendor's Happy Together technology enables the health system to incorporate...
By Bill Siwicki |
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New HIMSS Media research finds that nearly 75 percent of hospitals are beyond the basic level of...
By Tom Sullivan |
HIMSS19 Keynote speakers.
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Former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra said that CMS embracing FHIR means an end to any fight over data...
By Tom Sullivan |
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FHIR is key to interoperability and better data access, says FHIR product director for HL7...
By HIMSS TV |
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The research firm's big takeaway from Orlando this past month: Newly empowered patients and the...
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 group, called Interoperability Matters, will focus on addressing the remaining challenges...
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 offers...
By Mike Miliard |
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Health systems are set to focus on declining reimbursements and patient experience, a new study...
By Nathan Eddy |
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HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf discusses with a panel of luminaries in the field of healthcare the...
By HIMSS TV |
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Organization says 5 will build on FHIR 4 with more normative content, support for apps that use...
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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Even as EHR vendor-driven networks gain maturity and scope, older and more traditional health...
By Mike Miliard |
Steve Wretling speaking at a HIMSS event
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And there’s already one in the JASON Report from 2014 that was eclipsed by the industry...
By Tom Sullivan |
epic, cerner, allscripts, meditech signs from HIMSS18 convention booths
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APIs are a great start, but so much more goes into building an app and winning customers.
By Tom Sullivan |
Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce representatives speaking at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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At the White House, technology heavy-hitters promise to work together improving data exchange by...
By Tom Sullivan |
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Janne Pitkänen, CEO of Finnish-based Adusso Ltd., says we must consider cross-border...
By HIMSS TV |
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Ongoing data sharing problems demonstrate that industry standards are messy and road bumps should...
By Tom Sullivan |
HIE evolving with API-based infrastructure
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Adopting application programming interfaces enables health information exchanges such as CRISP to...
By Mike Miliard |
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A new partnership with Holon Health enables real-time push of key patient information to network...
By Mike Miliard |
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Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at HIMSS, says tools exist to engage patients with...
By HIMSS TV |
EHR interoperability is close
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No, interoperability will not be completely solved – but an architectural feat that's...
By Tom Sullivan |
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Christel Anderson, senior director of Interoperability Initiatives for HIMSS, talks about a HIMSS19...
By HIMSS TV |
Pew Ben Moscovitch
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Pew’s director of HIT Ben Moscovitch says consumers prefer biometrics, notably fingerprinting...
By Tom Sullivan |
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The organization is partnering with Providence St. Joseph to enable clinicians to apply insights...
By HIMSS TV |
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Research firm says vendors and HIEs are making headway with information sharing but providers face...
By Diana Manos |
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Many EHR and health IT vendors have eliminated obstacles to participation, and most have made...
By Diana Manos |
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Nick Knowlton, VP of strategic initiatives at Brightree, discusses working with the CommonWell...
By HIMSS TV |
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The report from the agency's Health Information Technology Advisory Committee shows that...
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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More than 90 percent of non-federal acute care hospitals are using 2015 edition certified...
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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They'll focus on info blocking, certification requirements, standards for voluntary pediatric...
By Diana Manos |