Interoperability

Aligning with Standards Development Community: The New Cycle for Standards Version Advancement Process

As part of ONC’s ongoing charge to coordinate across federal and industry stakeholders, we determined it was necessary to adjust our Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) timeline. Although it may seem like this process has been around for a while, it’s still brand new and we’ve been looking at ways to optimize how the process …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Smile CDR Raises $20M to Expand FHIR-Driven Data Liberation Platform for Interoperability

What You Should Know: – Smile CDR Inc. (Smile CDR), a Toronto-based health data storage and integration company, announced it has raised $20 million in Series A funding led by 30 North Group, a Seattle-based family office, and UPMC Enterprises. – Founded in 2016, Smile CDR offers a suite of services that allow health systems, …

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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 …

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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 …

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A founder built a platform after bringing together her daughter’s health records. Now, employers are offering it as a benefit.

B.Well Connected Health, a startup that brings together patients’ health records and helps them navigate their benefits, recently raised $32 million in funding. CEO Kristen Valdes started the company based on her own experience advocating for her daughter.

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 …

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ONC’s new interoperability standards support SDOH, sexual orientation data

The ONC has released the new version of the United States Core Data for Interoperability, a set of standards to enable seamless data exchange nationwide. The updated set includes standards for exchanging data related to social determinants of health, sexual orientation and gender identity.

ONC Chief: Data standardization key to integrating public health into info-sharing infrastructure

The Covid-19 pandemic shone a harsh light on how siloed the public health infrastructure is, and the ONC is working along with other government agencies to integrate it with the existing data-sharing ecosystem. According to Dr. Micky Tripathi, head of the agency, standardizing data will be essential to this integration.

Interoperability now needs to go beyond EHRs to include the larger digital health ecosystem

The next step in the evolution of interoperability will involve examining data flows in digital healthcare, according to panelists at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference. This includes looking into how data sharing will support telehealth, remote patient monitoring and programs involving wearables.

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 …

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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 …

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Jonathan Bush’s Second Venture Zus Health Launches with $34M for Health Data Interoperability Platform

What You Should Know:    – Former athenahealth founder and CEO Jonathan Bush, today announced the launch of Zus Health (“Zus” pronounced Zoos like the father of Athena) focused on creating the industry’s first shared development platform backed by a shared data record. – The company is launching with the close of $34M in Series …

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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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 …

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Dr. Micky Tripathi on interoperability, health equity & how his work with VCs will help him lead the ONC

In a wide-ranging interview, the National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Micky Tripathi discussed his career and how his varied experiences have expanded his perspective. He also spoke about ONC’s plans for the future, which include “evangelizing” about the opportunities the federal interoperability rules will create for the industry.

Top 3 Ways to Justify Interoperability Spend & Power Your Physician Alignment Strategy

Dr. Peter S. Tippett, CEO of careMESH For decades, interoperability has been a dirty word for hospitals and health systems. No matter how much they have worked at it, paid for it, and thrown IT resources at it, return on investment has been difficult to prove. This has been especially true when executing a community …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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New HIE consortium to develop data-sharing solutions, initiatives amid pandemic

Six health information exchange organizations have come together to establish a new consortium. The group aims to share technology infrastructure, create new solutions and advocate for federal support to drive data sharing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

6 HIEs Form New Consortium to Drive Population Health Improvements Via Data Sharing Interoperability

What You Should Know: – A group of six health information exchanges (HIE) announced today their formation of the Consortium for State and Regional Interoperability (CSRI). – The 501(c)(3) CRSI aims to help drive individual and population health improvements across the nation through robust and innovative sharing of health information. – Collective, CRSI connects over …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Standards Beyond the Clinic: Capturing Patient Health Data to Advance Precision Medicine

Does the neighborhood I live in affect my health? How am I going to be able to see the specialist without a car? Can I share blood pressure and blood sugar readings I take at home with my doctor so she can monitor how I’m doing? These critical questions have helped to drive precision medicine …

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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., …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it is still heavily reliant on this aging technology.  Traditional fax …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Behind the scenes: How health systems, EHR vendors will give patients unprecedented access to their data

Health systems and EHR vendors have been working for months to comply with the ONC’s final rule on interoperability and information blocking that goes into effect in April and is expected to grant patients unprecedented access to their health information. Here is a look at some of the issues they contended with.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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CommonHealth App Connects to 230 Health Systems to Share Health Data – including COVID Test and Vaccine Status

What You Should Know: – CommonHealth has connected to 230 health systems in the United States, allowing patients to gather, manage and share their health and test data, including COVID test and vaccination status. By the end of this month, CommonHealth will connect to more than 340 health systems – CommonHealth extends the health data …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.   …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. 

Advancing Standards: Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) and Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)

On the heels of the new USCDI ONDEC Submission System launched in July, ONC is giving you even more opportunities to provide feedback and input into standards and interoperability efforts this summer! We’re excited to bring you the inaugural Standards Version Advancement Process (SVAP) comment period. The SVAP, a component of our 21st Century Cures …

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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), …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Match without a flame: Why interoperability mandates still require operational, use-case specific platforms

Whether it’s solving a gap in care problem, or a payer/doctor connectivity problem there will always be individual use cases where multisided platforms (or health information exchanges) can and should connect to solve for information exchange at scale.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

Jay Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientPing As COVID-19 continues to impact the country, providers across the continuum face new challenges delivering care and ensuring safety for their patients and themselves.  During this period, sharing real-time information about patients’ care encounters across provider types and care settings matter more than ever. In particular, hospitals sharing admission, …

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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 …

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Failing States of health – How broader collaboration can bring us closer to the future of health

Without cross-border co-operation the potential of personalised health cannot be realised, acccording to Bogi Eliasen, director at the Health Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and HIMSS Future50 leader, who will be speaking at HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event taking place 7-11 September.

Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to Empower Health Teams

What You Should Know: – Microsoft released the public preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the latest update to the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. – The Azure IoT Connector for FHIR makes it easy for health developers to set up a pipeline to manage protected health information (PHI) from IoT …

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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 …

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GYANT Raises $13.6M for AI-Enabled Digital Front Door Solution to Drive Patient-Doctor Engagements

What You Should Know: – GYANT raises $13.6M in Series A funding for AI-enabled digital front door solutions to drive meaningful patient-doctor engagement. – The investment will enable GYANT to scale up its product development to meet rapidly increasing market demand and support its exponential customer growth. – Current customers include Intermountain Healthcare, OSF Healthcare, …

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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 …

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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 …

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PCOR Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies

ONC recently released results from the Coordinated Registry Network for Women’s Health Technologies project, a collaborative effort conducted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable researchers to generate real-world evidence using data that address some women’s health issues. The project’s final report discusses the findings and …

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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 …

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