Interoperability

Payer Data Requirements – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

Nikki Kent Dave Levin By DAVE LEVIN, MD and NIKKI KENT The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have proposed final rules on interoperability, data blocking, and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. In this series, we will explore ideas behind the rules, why they are necessary and the expected impact. Given that these are complex and controversial topics are open to interpretation, we invite readers to…

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ONC, CMS proposed rules continue to come under fire from stakeholders – Health Article

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should scrap their proposed rules on interoperability and start over. That’s the contention of the Health Innovation Alliance (formerly Health IT Now), a coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers. Earlier this year, ONC issued a proposed rule—along with a companion rule from CMS—intended to make electronic health information accessible to both patients and providers. However, stakeholders have questioned whether the…

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Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019 – Health Article

Health Data, Interoperability Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. and Wes Barker | October 1, 2018 Recent blog posts from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  highlight the importance of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they fit into the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures Act) implementation. Today, new analysis shows that the United States (US) might be at a turning point when it comes to the adoption and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®)…

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ONC is FHIR’d up: Unwrapping the new Inferno Testing Suite – Health Article

Interoperability Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. and John Snyder | October 2, 2018 In a blog post from earlier this week, we discussed the growing use of the Health Level 7 (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard. FHIR is just one tool in the toolbox helping improve the interoperability of health information, a goal of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We are excited to see the growing use of this standard – and the expectation that the U.S.…

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Acute Care Hospitals Are More Interoperable Than Ever but Challenges Remain – Health Article

Interoperability Don Rucker M.D. and Talisha Searcy | October 25, 2018 Today, nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals have adopted certified health IT. New data show that this momentum continues with the introduction of the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition), which includes new technical capabilities (such as application programming interfaces) that were not required as part of the prior 2014 Edition. The Office of the National… This is only a snippet of a Health Article written by…

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Moving Beyond Closed Networks – An Update on Trusted Exchange of Health Information – Health Article

Interoperability Don Rucker M.D. | April 19, 2019 In the 1990s, many Americans interacted with the Internet through America Online. While this platform was revolutionary, providing users with e-mail services and access to content, it was also a closed network. Their users were restricted from accessing applications, content, and services available outside of AOL’s approved content providers. In the healthcare landscape, we still have a similar dynamic today. Both national networks and local or regional health information… This is only…

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Chuck Christian on Privacy – Health Article

Chuck Christian, VP, Technology & Engagement, Indiana Health Information Exchange I don’t seem to be able to get through a morning’s reading without seeing one or more instance of a data breach; information being either locked up by ransomware or removed/copied by the thousands and sometimes, tens of thousands of records. Having spent a good portion of my career with one area of my responsibilities being that of the security officer for the various organizations I’ve served, it concerns me…

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Key Takeaways From CMS/ONC Officials Regarding New Interoperability Proposed Rule – Health Article

Feb11 Key Takeaways From CMS/ONC Officials Regarding New Interoperability Proposed Rule Following the release of its proposed new rules designed to improve the interoperability of electronic health information, members of leadership from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a call to provide additional detail about the proposed rule, and to answer questions from the media. The following includes the key takeaways from the officials hosting the call. Seema Verma Seema Verma, Administrator, CMS CMS shares a commitment…

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Blockchain pilots expected to show results in specific use cases – Health Article

Several pilot projects using blockchain technology in healthcare are expected to wrap up in 2019, expected to show demonstrable results in commonsense use cases. Those demonstration projects could prove the value of the technology to the healthcare industry is solving vexing information coordination problems, such as ascertaining the accuracy of data in provider directories and facilitating provider credentialing, says David Houlding, principal healthcare lead for Microsoft. Speaking at a blockchain symposium Monday at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information…

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ONC’s Proposed Rule will Connect People to their Care – Health Article

Interoperability Don Rucker M.D. | February 11, 2019 Today, I am pleased to announce the release of ONC’s proposed rule to implement provisions in Title IV of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We also released a series of educational resources that focus on areas of the rule—including patient access, information blocking, the new conditions of certification, and the role application programming interfaces (API) will play in the new health information technology (health IT) landscape created by the Cures…

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