Health IT & HIE News

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 +

CMS Gives New Opportunity to Request MU Hardship Exceptions

Healthcare IT News  (October 7, 2014)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reopening the period during which providers can apply for an EHR hardship exception and avoid Medicare reimbursement penalties for failure to attest for meaningful use in 2014. Now, the new deadline for applying for a hardship exception is 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2014 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals.  MORE +

ACOs Held Back by Poor Interoperability

Healthcare IT News  (September 25, 2014)

Most accountable care organizations (ACOs) have health information technology in place to improve quality and lower costs, but many say difficulties with data exchange are keeping them from reaching their potential. Of the 62 ACOs polled by Premier healthcare alliance this past summer, 88 percent report "significant obstacles" in integrating data from disparate sources. Also, 83 percent say they have a hard time fitting analytics tools into their workflow. As ACOs grow, gathering data from more and different care settings, these challenges become more accute, according to Premier.  MORE +