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Category: Interoperability

  • 3…2…1…TEFCA is Go for Launch

    The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement is now available. Within the health information technology (health IT) world, few things have been as elusive as a governance framework for nationwide health information exchange. When ONC was formed in 2004, the concept of a nationwide health information network—where your information could be located across the country […]

  • 2022 ISA Reference Edition Now Available

    Today we are pleased to ring in the new year with the release of the 8th annual update of the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) Reference Edition, ONC’s catalog of curated standards and implementation specifications for health information interoperability that reflects extensive feedback from industry and federal agencies. Many of the updates can be found on […]

  • CareCloud Launches All-New Interoperability and Data Exchange Solution for Healthcare Organizations

    What You Should Know: – CareCloud, Inc., a provider of healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide launches CareCloud Connector, a next-generation interface and data management engine, and the first product within its CareCloud Conductor suite.  – CareCloud Connector enables healthcare organizations with ready-to-use integrations that improve data management and deployment speed while offering better interface visibility […]

  • Medicare needs more than digitization – it needs unification

    It is time for Medicare to move past legacy data storage and look to the incorporation of healthcare data platforms that provide beneficiaries with direct, unified access to their data and a way for providers to get a complete picture of their patients.

  • FHIR: The Three S’s of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources

    Daniel Riedel, SVP of Strategic Services at Copado We are in a potential Health Renaissance and innovating at break-neck speed. However, with that acceleration as always, comes risk. We have to be careful with our data. That’s why the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard was established. It’s a bit ironic, but the reason why […]

  • AI-driven innovation in life sciences: Data as data should be

    Your AI applications are only as strong as your data. This is why Elsevier strives to make data not only align with FAIR usability principles but also be maximized for trustworthiness and relevance. In this way we can confidently offer the full potential of data science in an easy-to-use manner – from data acquisition and […]

  • Information Sharing After the 21st Century Cures Act

    When President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law in 2016, it marked a significant shift in health policy and health law. Not since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has there been a more noteworthy change in how electronic health information (EHI) is approached under […]

  • What we heard: Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030

    What should 2030 look like because of interoperability? That’s what we asked our stakeholders back in May 2021. And boy, did you all deliver! We received an overwhelming number of submissions, north of 700 one-liners, from Twitter and HealthIT.gov. We even got video submissions from leaders in the field – thank you again! Each “outcome […]

  • Insiteflow raises $2.3M to solve workflow interoperability 

    Seeing challenges in making third-party solutions actionable, Anthony Gerardi co-founded a startup to make it easier to view and pull more clinical solutions into the EHR. After bootstrapping his startup, Insiteflow raised $2 million in funding. 

  • Healthcare at the Crossroads: Value-Based Care and Interoperability

    Michael Pattwell, Principal Consultant, Value-Based Care at Edifecs Amid the difficulties of the last year, a bright spot has emerged that may provide a strong indication of renewed movement toward the transformation of the healthcare industry that we know today. Value-based care, a model that rewards better patient health outcomes, has experienced a surge in interest amid heightened consumer […]

  • 4 Trends in Senior Care Critical for the Future of Interoperability

    Jeremy Delinsky, Chief Operating Officer of Devoted Health When America’s seniors went to their first doctor’s appointment, they couldn’t have imagined that their health history would be stored anywhere but in a manila folder. Now, nine out of every 10 physicians use electronic health records (EHRs), and patient’s health data lives on cloud servers. Though […]

  • Why patient control of their own data is the key to health equity

    It will take a combination of legislation to protect patient data privacy by governing communication between apps and the power of innovation and the free market, but these apps are coming. And they will put control of health data where it belongs – with patients.

  • Google, Microsoft execs: AI should be designed to support, not replace, clinicians

    As Google and Microsoft compete over their cloud capabilities for healthcare, both companies are touting tools to make clinicians’ lives easier by streamlining documentation or making records searchable.  At MedCity INVEST Digital Health, executives from both companies agreed on one thing: these tools should play a supporting role for clinicians while keeping patients at the […]

  • DirectTrust Acquires Assets of SAFE Identity to Support Healthcare Interoperability

    What You Should Know: – DirectTrust today announced it has acquired the assets of SAFE Identity (including Trust Framework), an industry consortium and certification body supporting identity assurance and cryptography in healthcare.  Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition substantially extends DirectTrust’s capabilities and services and is expected to enable new […]

  • Engagement, Interoperability, and the Future of the Healthcare Tech Stack

    Jeff Fuller, Vice President, Analytics Solutions at CipherHealth For all of the advanced clinical technology hospitals across the country leverage to stay on the bleeding edge of innovative patient care, healthcare, as an industry, has been extremely slow to adapt when it comes to implementing modern technology to improve everyday processes—both inside and outside clinical […]

  •  Lack of IT integration left public health officials swimming upstream

    At the start of the pandemic, the lack of integration between IT systems was painful, said Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, at HIMSS Digital. She hopes the pandemic will shed a light on the importance of information sharing between public health and health systems. 

  • By LEAPs and Bounds: Newest Round of Awardees Seek to Advance Health Equity and Research

    Each year since 2018, new Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT awardees join an entrepreneurial group dedicated to developing and scaling technological breakthroughs. Together, these awardees bring forth solutions to advance research capabilities and improve care delivery. This year is no exception. The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and DARTNet Institute […]

  • Arizona, Colorado HIEs merge

    CORHIO and Health Current, based in Colorado and Arizona respectively, have formed a new regional organization. Called Contexture, the organization aims to advance interoperability across state lines, while also driving growth and innovation.

  • Let’s Meet in the Metaverse

    By KIM BELLARD I really wasn’t expecting to write about the Metaverse again so soon, after discussing it in the context of Roblox last March, which itself followed a look at Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s vision for the Metaverse last August.  But darn that Mark Zuckerberg! Not many noticed when Mr. Zuckerberg told Facebook […]

  • Opportunity Trifecta: ISA, SVAP and Draft USCDI Version 3 Feedback Period Now Open

    On the heels of the release of United States Core Data for Interoperability USCDI Version 2 (USCDI v2), ONC has also opened a single, synchronized feedback period for the Interoperability Standards Advisory(ISA), the Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP), and the draft United States Core Data for Interoperability Version 3 (USCDI v3). Taken together, ISA, SVAP, and […]

  • Does ONC’s Certification Program Affect Interoperability? New Evidence and Implications

    ONC is excited to share findings from newly published research that sheds light on the impact adoption of 2015 Edition certified health information technology (health IT) has had on hospitals’ rates of interoperability. In a recently published Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association article called Impact of the 2015 Health Information Technology Certification Edition […]

  • Health Affairs Article Points to HIO Readiness & Engagement in TEFCA

    The best way to gather information is by going straight to the source. That’s exactly what ONC did to learn and assess the state of health information entities, also known as health information exchange organizations (HIOs), across the country.  A recent survey conducted by Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein of University of California San Francisco (USCF), with […]

  • ONC Health IT Framework for Advancing SDOH Data Use and Interoperability

    Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Addressing inequities in these conditions, driven in large part due to the root causes of poverty and racism, can be supported […]

  • UCSF, Philips Partner to Enhance Digital Patient Experience & Interoperability

    What You Should Know: – Today, Philips announced its collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to develop technology that will enable a more streamlined patient experience and set a new standard for healthcare delivery. – As part of the strategic collaboration, UCSF will use Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform to enable patient care personalization and make it […]

  • Anthem, Epic strike data exchange partnership

    The EHR giant will integrate its payer platform with the insurer’s operating system to facilitate two-way data exchange with providers. Through this integration, the organizations hope to support clinical decision-making and streamline administrative processes like prior authorizations.

  • Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030

    One of the fun parts about working at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is that in addition to our impactful, near-term work, we also have the chance to point our eyes to the horizon and envision a better future. Throughout my tenure at ONC, different policy, technology, and legislative […]

  • ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule Sets Path for New Healthcare Industry Standards

    Time flies! It has been over a year since ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule was first released and since then ONC has been busy advancing the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) and enabling the healthcare industry to voluntarily implement newer versions of adopted standards via the Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) for the […]

  • Lyniate Acquires Datica Integration Business to Deliver Interoperability

    What You Should Know:– Lyniate announced the acquisition of Datica Integrate and the subsequent launch of Lyniate Envoy, the company’s new cloud-based data integration solution. – Powered by the Datica Integration team, Lyniate Envoy provides healthcare organizations with the support necessary to rapidly integrate their healthcare IT solutions with EHRs, labs, public health departments, and more.  – Together, Lyniate […]

  • Sync for Genes Phase 4 Demonstrations Selected

    Today, ONC is pleased to announce two demonstration sites selected for Sync for Genes Phase 4. Since its launch in 2017, the ONC Sync for Genes project has advanced the standardized sharing of genomic information between laboratories, providers, patients, and researchers. Sync for Genes uses the Health Level 7 (HL7®) International FHIR® standard to enable the electronic sharing […]

  • Innovation, Interoperability Accelerated Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2020

    What You Should Know: – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital transformation of healthcare accelerated in 2020 with increased adoption of interoperable tools to support innovations in care management, price transparency and specialty medications, according to the Surescripts 2020 National Progress Report.  – The data, which represents 98% of the U.S. population, reveals how the digital transformation of healthcare […]

  • What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

    Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the […]

  • PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare

     Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1 The fundamental problem with healthcare can be summed up in one sentence:  We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs, yet the health care system operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model. It is a model that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and even premature death and wastes $935 […]

  • Enforcement landscape for HHS data-sharing rules is hazy, experts say

    The HHS’ new interoperability and information blocking rules have been in effect for one week, yet how they will be enforced is unclear. But there are some clues that could provide a glimpse into what the enforcement landscape might look like, and the best thing providers and IT developers can do is be proactive, experts […]

  • Mastercard, b.well Team Up on Digital Health Patient ID Verification for Interoperability

    What You Should Know: –  b.well Connected Health today announced a partnership with Mastercard to provide individuals a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-person when accessing healthcare services. – The partnership enables healthcare organizations to provide their members and patients with a biometric alternative to verify their identity in-person or virtually, replacing […]

  • COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing

    Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a few keystrokes when applying for a mortgage — trying to […]

  • Unite Us Nabs $150M, Reaching $1.6B Valuation to Address Social Determinants of Health

    What You Should Know: –   Unite Us, the tech company creating coordinated care networks nationwide, has just announced a $150M Series C round of funding led by ICONIQ Capital, bringing its valuation at $1.65 billion.   – Unite Us is leading the care transformation movement towards whole-person health with its core product, Unite Us Platform, an outcome-focused coordination software sconnecting community-based […]

  • Health Gorilla Nabs $15M to Expand FHIR-based APIs for Digital Health

    What You Should Know:  – Health Gorilla raises $15M to scale its FHIR-based API solutions for digital health and expand into new markets.  – Health Gorilla will introduce new APIs to enable consumer access to medical records, payer-to-payer data sharing, and data quality assessments.  Health Gorilla, a Sunnyvale, CA-based provider of healthcare APIs, today announced […]

  • How to Optimize Your Healthcare Practice with Advanced Technology Solutions

    Terrence D. Sims, President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, Raintree Systems As COVID-19 continues to influence patient behaviors and causes providers to reevaluate how they operate their businesses, healthcare practices all around the world started looking for solutions that emphasize clinical efficiencies, elevate patient revenue cycle management, as well as feature enhanced reporting, and analytics […]

  • Innovaccer Reaches $1.3B Valuation, Launches Health Cloud Platform

    What You Should Know: – Innovaccer closes Series D round of growth capital bringing Innovaccer at a total valuation of $1.3 billion. – In addition, the company has launched the Innovaccer Health Cloud, a platform as a service that combines the company’s Data Activation Platform and application suite with an extensive set of platform services […]

  • 11 Best Practices of a Successful Care Model Transformation Plan

    Moha Desai, Principal, Healthcare Strategy & Transformation  Health systems across the country will require a plan to react to government deep spending cuts and revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital services have seen a significant downturn in demand in 2020, and the recent resurgence in cases has led to further decreases. The public […]

  • Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience

    Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights Laurent Rotival, SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO, Cambia Solutions We are all frustrated when there’s a glitch with our online banking, or if bandwidth problems interfere with streaming the movie we want to watch. Imagine how individuals will react when the results of a cancer screening don’t find […]

  • Epic, Galen Healthcare, Chartis Group Named 2020 Overall Best in KLAS Awards

    What You Should Know: – Epic was named the top Overall Software Suite for the eleventh consecutive year in the Best in KLAS 2021 Software & Services report, released today, which reports on the top vendors for 2020. Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor. Galen Healthcare Solutions was named the top Overall IT Services Firm. […]

  • It’s that time of year – payer Groundhog’s Day

    At this time every year payers employ teams of people whose full-time job is calling a doctor’s office, requesting information, and waiting weeks for the data to be mailed in hard copy or being required to physically drive to the provider location to pick up records. How will it get better?

  • CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends

    What You Should Know: – New CHIME-KLAS interoperability report reveals steady progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others. – A total of 67% of provider organizations reported they often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in 2017. Providers noted improvements in functionality and […]

  • From Analog to Digital Neurology: 3 Steps to Better Inform Patient Care

    Dr. Nandor Pinter, Director of Neuroimaging Research, DENT Institute Dr. Murray Gillies, General Manager of Digital Cognitive Dx Venture, Philips The field of neurology is at an inflection point. With a growing aging population, neurologists are facing an increasing number of patients needing care, and the pent-up demand for services due to COVID-19 only exacerbates […]

  • Onyx, AMA Innovations Form Collaboration to Build FHIR-Based Messaging

    What You Should Know: – Onyx and AMA Innovations partner to rethink ways FHIR-based messaging technology can improve links between healthcare and community-based organizations. – As part of the collaboration, both organizations will jointly target grant opportunities through HHS’ Administration for Community Living’s Social Care Referrals Challenge Program. Onyx Technology LLC and AMA Innovations Inc., […]

  • Intelligent Automation of the Revenue Cycle: How an Integrated Platform Approach Yields Financial Results

    Sean Barrett, Senior Vice President, Product and Digital Transformation, R1 RCM Healthcare provider networks are experiencing enormous pressure to manage financial margins and invest in contactless patient experiences. With overall financial losses projected to exceed $323 billion as a result of COVID-19, a projected $200 billion in administrative waste due to revenue cycle inefficiencies, and […]

  • To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

    Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and […]

  • Philips Acquires Medical Device Integration Platform Capsule for $635M

    What You Should Know: – Philips announces the acquisition of Capsule, a leading vendor-neutral Medical Device Integration Platform with a software-as-a-service business model – The Capsule acquisition is a strong fit with Philips’ strategy to transform the delivery of healthcare along the health continuum with integrated solutions. Philips, today announced that it has signed an […]

  • ONC Issues First Health IT Standards Bulletin Discussing USCDI & SVAP

    What You Should Know: – The ONC released the first ONC Standards Bulletin, a new communication tool ONC will use to periodically update the healthcare industry about ONC health IT standards and policy initiatives. – Based on a HITAC recommendation, the Bulletin is part of the ONC’s ongoing efforts to communicate, coordinate, and promote the […]

  • NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

    What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally bridge the gap between mental and physical health in order […]

  • Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems

    Brian Platz, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree Interoperability is a big discussion in health care, with new regulations requiring interoperability for patient data. Most approaches follow the typical RESTful API approach that has become the standard method for data exchange. Yet Health Level Seven (HL7), with its new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for […]

  • How CMS has made progress on healthcare interoperability

    Seema Verma is administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This article was co-authored with Alexandra Mugge, deputy chief health informatics officer at CMS, and Shannon Sartin, chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

  • Labs on FHIR: Sharing Genetic Test Results

    The use of genetic testing is becoming increasingly routine in patient care. For example, tests are available to check newborns for genetic disorders, screen would-be parents for carrier status, inform cancer care, and evaluate potential pharmacogenetic associations. However, the laboratories that perform these tests face many challenges that keep them from being able to return clinical […]

  • M&A: TigerConnect Acquires Hospital Middleware Solution Critical Alert

    What You Should Know: – TigerConnect has announced an expansion in their suite through the acquisition of Critical Alert, a leading provider of enterprise-grade middleware for hospitals and health systems. – For the hundreds of thousands of nurses that currently use TigerConnect, these new capabilities will deliver real-time, contextual information to their mobile device or […]

  • Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs

    Assaf Halevy, Founder and CEO of 2bPrecise Electronic medical records (EMRs) are widely expected to serve as a cornerstone technology that drives the delivery of modern patient care.  But can the EMR alone support all the informatics capabilities required by an ever-evolving healthcare industry? The rapid growth of precision medicine, particularly the use of genetic […]

  • 12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup

    Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of governmental regulations, telehealth utilization has significantly increased from thousands of […]

  • How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021

    Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to struggle with what should really be table stakes: the ability […]

  • CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

    Scott Galbari, CTO, Lyniate Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and […]

  • 30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

    As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and […]

  • 5 Post-Acute Care Industry Trends to Watch in 2021

    What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company Forcura names the five most significant trends for the post-acute care industry in 2021. The post-acute care (PAC) sector saw some of its most profound challenges this year, from deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to a suddenly accelerated need for the services provided by […]

  • Making EHRs more like a butler by serving the needs of clinicians

    Healthcare leaders can continue to wait for the government to enact and enforce IT changes that may or may not serve the needs of clinicians. Or, they can embrace proven solutions today that make their EHRs a bit more like a good butler – and serve the needs of clinicians.

  • Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements

    What You Should Know: – Regence and MultiCare ink first-in-the-nation value-based care partnership to deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs. Health insurance provider Regence and MultiCare Health System, an independent accountable care organization (ACO) have partnered to deploy a first-in-the-nation value-based model that delivers better health outcomes to members at lower costs while simplifying […]

  • For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

    Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a […]

  • Highmark Inks 6-Year Partnership with Google Cloud to Power Living Health Model

    What You Should Know: – Highmark Health signs six-year strategic partnership agreement with Google Cloud to transform the health experience for patients and caregivers through the development of Highmark Health’s new Living Health Model – The Living Health model is designed to eliminate the fragmentation in health care by re-engineering the healthcare delivery model with […]

  • Mayo Clinic Researchers to Validate Interoperability of Encrypted Algorithms and Training on Encrypted Data

    What You Should Know: –  Mayo Clinic researchers are collaborating with TripleBlind on next generation algorithm sharing and training on encrypted data. – TripleBlind’s solution functions as the innovative data encryption conduit that keeps the data and intellectual property in the algorithm secure. TripleBlind announced today it is collaborating with Mayo Clinic researchers who will use TripleBlind tools to […]

  • Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform

    What You Should Know: – Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery.  – Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has deployed over 230 emergency COVID-19 response missions globally since the pandemic began […]

  • With 2021 fast approaching, there’s more in store for APIs in healthcare

    Our recent virtual event, Accelerating APIs in Healthcare: A Year in Review and Momentum for 2021, featured more than 1,000 viewers and 40 speakers with one clear, consistent message: big things will come in 2021. The full recording is now available on our website. We got a front-row seat not just to presentations, but to […]

  • Despite COVID-19: Providers Should Not Lose Sight of MIPS Compliance

    Courtney Tesvich, VP of Regulatory at Nextech When 2020 began, no one anticipated that complying with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—the flagship payment model of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP)—would look so different halfway through the year. Like many other things, the COVID-19 crisis has delayed, diverted, […]

  • Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care

    What You Should Know: – Elation Health, which provides an easy-to-use and affordable clinical technology platform for more than 7 million independent primary care clinicians serving 14M+ patients – including an EHR raises $40M in Series C funding from Al Gore’s sustainable investment firm, Generation Investment Management. – Elation’s API-enabled platform also allows organizations to […]

  • Coming up on Day 2 of MedCity INVEST Precision Medicine

    The second day of INVEST Precision Medicine includes presentations by healthcare companies in the Health IT track of the Pitch Perfect startup pitch contest, a panel discussion on interoperability and a panel discussion on building a bioinnovation hub. Register today!

  • Amazon Launches HealthLake for Healthcare Orgs to Aggregate & Structure Health Data

    What You Should Know: – Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon HealthLake, a new HIPAA-eligible service enables healthcare organizations to store, tag, index, standardize, query, and apply machine learning to analyze data at petabyte scale in the cloud. – Cerner, Ciox Health, Konica Minolta Precision Medicine, and Orion Health among customers using Amazon HealthLake. […]

  • 5 Steps for Interoperability Excellence for Healthcare Providers

    Shanti Wilson, Consultant, Freed Associates  As if 2020 couldn’t be any more challenging for healthcare providers, new federal rules on interoperability and patient access, granting patients direct access to their healthcare data, begin taking effect this November and continue into 2022. These rules, while ultimately beneficial to patients, bring an additional level of operational complexity to […]

  • Google Cloud Launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program

    What You Should Know: – Google Cloud launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program to help healthcare organizations achieve healthcare data interoperability. Today, Google Cloud launched the Google Cloud Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program, helping organizations achieve data interoperability in advance of upcoming HHS deadlines and to enable future innovation. Alongside partners like Bain, BCG, Deloitte, HCL, KPMG, […]

  • COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

    Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest costs. Cost-sharing and insurance premiums are rising consistently since the […]

  • KLAS: Epic, NextGen, Cerner Best at Making Outside Patient Data Usable

    What You Should Know: – New KLAS report finds acute and ambulatory care EMR vendors Cerner, Epic and NextGen are best at making outside patient data usable for clinicians (data from outside the clinician’s health system). – KLAS report examines adoption and usability among advanced users of the main acute and ambulatory care EMR vendors. […]

  • To Solve Healthcare Interoperability, We Must ‘Solve the Surround’

    Peter S. Tippett, MD, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of careMesh Interoperability in healthcare is a national disgrace. After more than three decades of effort, billions of dollars in incentives and investments, State and Federal regulations, and tens of thousands of articles and studies on making all of this work — we are only slightly better […]

  • Innovaccer Launches Member Engagement Solution to Scale-Up Digital Transformation Efforts with Payers

    What You Should Know: –  Innovaccer launches member engagement solution for healthcare payers to drive improvement in healthcare cost and quality boosts member satisfaction and enhances member enrollment and retention. – Innovaccer’s solution create member-oriented care plans, enhance connectivity with care managers, and drive interventions for social determinants of health risks through the solution. Innovaccer, […]

  • VA Announces First Cerner EHR Go-Live at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center

    What You Should Know: – Cerner today announced the historic and successful first deployment of a modern EHR at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA. – The go-live marks the first time in history three federal departments (VA, DOD, and USCG) are using the same EHR. Cerner Corporation today announced the historic and successful first […]

  • Humana Taps Cohere Health to Modernize Prior Authorizations for Musculoskeletal Treatment

    What You Should Know: – Cohere Health partners with health insurer Humana to modernize the prior authorization process for musculoskeletal treatment across 12 states. – In addition, the company has closed an additional $10M in funding led by Flare Capital Partners and Define Venture, bringing the company’s total funding to $20M. Health insurer Humana has […]

  • 5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match these expectations. Health systems must be aware of current trends […]

  • CommonWell Enables Payer Access to Nationwide Interoperability Network

    What You Should Know:   – CommonWell Health Alliance enables payer access with the addition of a new service provider, DataFile Exchange to support the operational services specific to the Payment and Health Care Operations use case. CommonWell Health Alliance today announced it is extending its interoperability services to enable additional use cases beyond treatment […]

  • Apple Rolls Out Health Records on iPhone to the UK, Canada

    Today, Apple announced the Health Records feature within the Health app is now available for users in the UK and Canada to securely view and store their medical records right on their iPhone, with their privacy protected at all times. Oxford University Hospitals and Women’s College Hospital has been selected the first healthcare institutions in […]

  • Getting Beyond the Telehealth ‘Stop-Gap’ Mentality

    Roland Therriault, President, InSync Healthcare Solutions Since COVID-19 emerged as a major health threat, virtual care has taken off. As many as 46% of patients reported in late April that they had used telehealth to replace a canceled healthcare visit in 2020, while 48% of physicians said they had started using telehealth to treat patients.   […]

  • Fresenius Kidney Care Rolls Out National Data Exchange Network

    What You Should Know: – Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis services division of Fresenius Medical Care North America, rolled out CommonWell health data exchange services to its dialysis facilities nationwide. – This initiative is a significant stride towards better-coordinated care for patients requiring life-sustaining dialysis for kidney failure and will enable the real-time exchange of critical […]

  • How Low-Code Solutions Reduce Headaches for Healthcare CIOs

    Ruby Raley, VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Axway Twenty years ago, technology consultants started advising CIOs to build less. That’s when the movement towards Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) began.  Today, there are many shops, especially those in small and medium-sized organizations, with few programmers who build new applications from scratch.   Yes, they […]

  • Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis.  Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the nation’s mental and behavioral health. For some people, work-from-home plans […]

  • Terminology standards bridging gaps between health systems during COVID-19

    The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 are varied, and patients are known to have rapidly changing signs and symptoms that must be tracked with laboratory testing. A patient may start his treatment journey with his primary care physician and will include lab centers, diagnostic centers, inpatient, and home quarantine centers. 

  • Dignity Health Management Services to Leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

    What You Should Know: – Dignity Health Management Services (DHMSO), the largest health system in the state of California to transform their network health data into actionable insights. – With this partnership, the organization will leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform to better manage healthcare services for its attributed patients. Dignity Health Management Services (DHMSO), […]

  • Riding the digital wave through COVID-19

    One of the more remarkable features of the NHS’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been its rapid uptake of technology in the UK says director of international relations at NHS Confederation, Dr Layla McCay.

  • Why International Expansion Must Remain a Priority for Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, MEDITECH

    What You Should Know: – How the top US acute EHR vendors, namely Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and MEDITECH (+85% share of US acute market in terms of revenues), have progressed on international expansion. As highlighted below, there is a significant variance amongst the big four in terms of revenue and share of business outside the US. Cerner has by far the highest revenue at more […]

  • Bridge Connector Lands $25.5M to Expand Healthcare Integration Platform

    What You Should Know: – Bridge Connector raises $25.5 million in Series B funding to advance interoperability layer for healthcare organizations as demand for integrated health data intensifies during COVID-19 pandemic. – The investment will support the growth of Destinations, the company’s new integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that connects health data systems using use-case-based interoperability blueprints to […]

  • Lumeon Lands $30M to Expand Care Pathway Management Platform

    What You Should Know: – Lumeon, the leader in care pathway orchestration announced it has raised $30M in Series D funding to extend the reach of its Care Pathway Management (CPM) platform. – The platform empowers providers to improve care quality, deliver better outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately develop and scale new models of care delivery […]

  • Michael Seres: The power of a patient

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  • Redox Adds Data on Demand, Single Sign-On Access to Interoperability Platform

    What You Should Know: – Redox adds data on demand and single sign-on access features to its cloud interoperability platform to help to simplify the process of developing software for healthcare. – Both new features are now available to all customers on the Redox platform. Redox Inc., a Madison, WI-based interoperability platform for healthcare data […]

  • How Times of Crisis Spur Needed Change in Healthcare Delivery

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change healthcare operations in the world, foundational systems are being adapted to meet these new demands. Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to see the cracks in a system. COVID-19 has exposed areas with more room for improvement in the healthcare system, such as optimizing operational efficiency. Organizations and individuals […]

  • Telehealth and COVID-19: Overcoming New Challenges for Providers and Payers

    Telehealth has quickly transformed the healthcare industry. Rather than scheduling an appointment, waiting up to a few weeks, and going to a doctor’s office or another healthcare facility, we can now access many types of care from the convenience of our smartphones.  However, telehealth has also brought in its own set of new challenges that […]

  • USCDI ONC New Data Element and Class Submission System Now Available

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  • How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients

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  • Virtual Behavioral Health Could Reduce Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes, Report Finds

    What You Should Know: – A new Accenture report called “Breakthrough Behavioral Health Access: Think Virtual” finds that the use of virtual behavioral health could expand care for more than 53 million Americans facing these conditions. – Demand for behavioral health specialists significantly outweighs current availability; in addition to severe wait times of 25 days […]

  • Top 3 Priority Areas for Healthcare CIOs in the Age of COVID-19

    What You Should Know: – In the age of COVID-19, healthcare CIOs cite interoperability, cybersecurity, and operationalizing SDOH data priorities as top three priority areas, according to the third annual LexisNexis focus group of CHIME executives. – The survey results also highlighted the importance of a team approach with support across the organization in helping CIOs […]

  • HHS Taps Fenway Health as Pilot Site for Precision Medicine Project

    What You Should Know: – Fenway Health has been selected as the pilot site to participate in the Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine (ASPM) project. – The ASPM project is focused on how healthcare providers can systematically identify the socio-economic factors that may impact the health of patients in order to provide more individualized care […]

  • Allscripts, Microsoft Ink 5-Year Partnership to Support Cloud-based Sunrise EHR, Drive Co-Innovation

    What You Should Know: – Allscripts and Microsoft sign a five-year partnership extension to support Allscripts’ cloud-based Sunrise electronic health record and drive co-innovation. – The alliance will enable Allscripts to harness the power of Microsoft’s platform and tools, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, and Power BI, creating a more seamless and highly productive user […]

  • PCOR Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies

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  • The C-CDA Scorecard Continues to Improve C-CDA Implementation across Health IT Settings

    ONC is excited to announce the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) Scorecard 2.0. The updated Scorecard includes Health Level Seven International (HL7) approved best practices, quantitative scoring, a new user interface, updated issue checking, and performance is improved by 20 percent. The C-CDA Scorecard promotes best practices in C-CDA implementation by assessing key aspects of […]