Health IT & HIE News

Interoperability Paramount for Advances, Leaders Argue

HIEWatch  (October 29, 2014)

The topic at the Cleveland Clinic's annual summit was healthcare innovation, and what's impeding it, what more is needed to foster it and the innovation milestones taking place today. So what do industry leaders consider to be the biggest impediments to healthcare innovation? Lack of interoperability among clinical systems, said a handful of panelists speaking at the 2014 Medical Innovation Summit, convening here Oct. 27-29.   MORE +

Health Care's Age of Enlightenment

Forbes  (October 21, 2014)

The Age of Enlightenment brought us crucial inventions and discoveries in many areas including the circulation of blood, optics, scientific classification, calculus, the microscope, gravity and more while serving as inspiration for the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. With good reason, it was called a revolution of thought. It is self-evident that we are in the early days of health care’s Age of Enlightenment that will be just as dramatic in terms of its long-term impact. Bold new ideas in health care delivery freed from tradition and dogma are resulting in dramatically better outcomes. These ideas both catalyze and are enabled by new technology. Over time, themes emerged in the Age of Enlightenment, as they will in healthcare. Based on what I have observed so far, I have seen seven major precepts gleaned from health care’s Enlightenment thinkers that I have outlined...  MORE +

Annual Data Exchange Survey Findings Show Steady HIE Growth

eHealth Initiative  (October 10, 2014)

eHealth Initiative presented its findings from their 11th annual survey of health data exchange on October 8, 2014. The four key findings from the survey reveal (1) cost and technical challenges are key barriers to interoperability; (2) regulatory policies appear to have prompted increased use of core health information exchange (HIE) services such as Direct, care summary exchange, and transitions of care; (3) advanced initiatives are supporting new payment and advanced care delivery models; and (4) sustainable organizations have replaced federal funding with revenue from fees and membership dues.   MORE +

FTC, ONC Put Health IT Vendors on Notice

Healthcare IT News  (October 10, 2014)

The Federal Trade Commission has some news for health IT vendors whose zeal for competitive marketshare outweighs their willingness to share data: they're watching, and will step in where necessary. "We are working with ONC staff to identify potential competition issues relating to health IT platforms and standards, market concentration, conduct by market participants, and the ability of health IT purchasers to make informed buying decisions," wrote FTC officials in a blog post this week. Healthy competition "is central to improving health care quality and outcomes, reducing costs, and improving the consumer experience."  MORE +

Report: Most Physicians Say EHR Vendors Offer Poor Interoperability

iHealthBeat  (October 9, 2014)

A majority of providers said their electronic health record vendors are not interoperable with other vendors' EHR systems, according to a new report from KLAS Research. For the report, researchers surveyed 220 provider organizations about EHR interoperability.   MORE +