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Achieving nationwide interoperability means navigating legal and market-based barriers. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has published a road map to assist governors and state leaders in advancing policies for the safe exchange of patient information between providers.

As technology continues to weave its way into healthcare, more and more patients are using their smartphones and wearable devices to communicate with their doctors, according to a new study.

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it will make a concerted effort to investigate more data breaches affecting fewer than 500 people through its regional offices.

Aug. 21 marks the 20th anniversary of HIPAA being signed into law, but at least one health IT expert believes the act needs to be updated to better address modern challenges.

In what can be seen as a major milestone in the healthcare industry's march toward increased interoperability, OpenNotes has reached 10 million patients in the U.S., all of them able to view medial records online.

 

Recent Headlines

HIE reduces length of stay, readmission rates, demand on physicians

Health information exchange (HIE) can improve the quality of care and clinical workflow, according to a study testing its benefits. The study, "The Effects of Health Information Exchange Access on Healthcare Quality and Efficiency: An Empirical Investigation," examined how using HIE gives physicians a full view of patient’s health—and how these insights lead to better care.

Chatbot uses AI to learn communicative practices in radiology

Radiologist from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have used artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to develop an application that acts as an assistant for clinicians when answering patient questions about upcoming radiologic care.

GAO: HHS falls behind EHRs, lacks plan for implementation

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released an evaluation of HHS efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR) for post-acute care. The GAO report states that the HHS “lacks a comprehensive plan to meet its goal of increasing the proportion of post-acute care providers electronically exchanging health information.”

HHS announces Phase 2 winners in data-sharing competition

HHS's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the Phase 2 in the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a competition for developers to build applications for the secure sharing of health information. 

Answer Health on Demand, Great Lakes Health Connect pattern to expand HIE for telemedicine

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.

PCHAlliance, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise partner to improve HIE

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have announced a partnership to launch a number of joint initiatives in 2017, including improvements in interoperability, conformity testing and certification of products.

Cal INDEX, Inland Empire merge to form America's largest HIE

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) announced plans to merge, forming the largest nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in the U.S.

Road map outlines steps for states to improve HIE

Achieving nationwide interoperability means navigating legal and market-based barriers. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has published a road map to assist governors and state leaders in advancing policies for the safe exchange of patient information between providers.

CHIME on MACRA: Industry may need two years of transition

In a Dec. 16 letter to CMS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) discussed the need for 2017 to be a transition year with the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). CHIME expressed hoped CMS would lengthen the timeline for the industry's MACRA transition into 2018.

Rush Health adopts new HIE system to improve patient care

Chicago-based Rush Health announced in a statement this week its adoption of the InterSystems HealthShare interoperability platform for collaborative care coordination. The new software will help Rush implement a private health information exchange (HIE).

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