Health IT & HIE News

Health Information Exchanges Gain Doctor Interest

American Medical News - a publication of the American Medical Association  (July 1, 2013)

Now that physicians have become comfortable with having electronic health records in their practices, they are ready for more advanced uses of the technology, including participation in health information exchanges.  MORE +

Small Data for Big Wins

HIE Watch - Healthcare IT News  (June 27, 2013)

Barely a week passes without news about how big data stands to transform healthcare delivery and outcomes. Without question, we are seeing some amazing examples of its potential. It is important, however, in our quest to advance care, we not think only "big," but we also think about small data -- in other words, the quest to have the right information where it can make the most impact -- the point of care. Providers need the benefit of both to improve care and drive clinical outcomes.  MORE +

ONC Focuses on Long-Term Care Providers to Reduce Readmissions

EHR Intelligence  (June 21, 2013)

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is stepping up its focus on long-term and post-acute care providers (LTPAC) in order to improve care coordination for patients and reduce costly hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries. Although LTPAC facilities aren’t eligible for incentive payments under the HITECH Act, the ONC is stressing the use of health IT for such providers as a way to efficiently communicate with hospitals and primary care offices to achieve better overall outcomes for patients.  MORE +

ONC: Slow But Steady Interoperability Progress

HIE Watch - Healthcare IT News  (June 11, 2013)

Achieving Farzad Mostashari's vision for a U.S. healthcare system where "every encounter and every patient has access to all the world's knowledge" will require a balancing of standards and innovation and a combination of IT and process change.  MORE +

5 Reasons You Need HIE Now

HealthLeaders  (June 11, 2013)

In the switch from fee-for-service healthcare to accountable care, the old ways of developing healthcare systems aren't working. The escalating cost of care is due in no small part to overspending on hospital capacity, equipment that isn't always needed, over-engineered technology, short-sighted planning and bad hunches. But there's one technology in particular I would bet on right now. That is the technology to accurately, securely, and easily transfer health data information from one system to another.  MORE +