We’re seeing a move from talking about the sustainability and interfacing challenges of HIE organizations to a new discussion focused on a one-to-one exchange of patient data between referring caregivers. One key element missing from the Direct Project story is a directory of providers’ Direct email addresses. How can a Direct message be sent if neither the sender nor the receiver knows the Direct email address? IHE USA has been hard at work on this project via the HPD Provider Directory Task Group.
Meaningful use criteria are indeed shaping the industry and modernizing how health data is used, but the criteria isn’t a paint-by-numbers instruction manual. IT departments should not feel reliant on or handcuffed by the ONC. There is still plenty of room for IT leaders to set ambitious, innovative goals that help create a competitive advantage through data exchange.
Jon Mertz describes the current state of health data interoperability, including the following four imperatives to health information exchange:
-We need to remove technical, political, and health standards barriers to data exchanges.
-We need vendors to work together more collaboratively.
-We need a community of care providers to work more collaboratively together.
-We need to think outside our system boxes and better equip patients and providers to exchange data in a meaningful, secure, and real-time way.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) held it’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2014. This marked the…
Brian Ahier takes a look back on 2013 and the significant developments in health IT. According to Brian, we made some great progress in 2013 on EHR adoption, which is really all about data capture and the digitization of health data. Technologically speaking, we are finally beginning to drag the healthcare industry kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. And we’re making strides in interoperability, or data sharing. HIE infrastructure is in place and the policy framework will continue to drive adoption – the business case for sharing data is even more pressing as new payment and care delivery models continue to spring up.
The context in which we provide interfaces outside of hospital organizations is changing rapidly. There are many new regulatory and business requirements. The government and market pressures to form ACOs and HIEs have generated a high number of new participants and connections. These factors and others are creating a tsunami of interface work that is coming in at a rapid pace.
Results from a pilot for the ONC shows that patients’ protected health information can adhere to consent directives throughout the HIE process involving multiple stakeholders. The findings are significant because it shows the integrity of the patient directives are not altered after updates to a patient’s file in an HIE organization’s repository, if the appropriate technologies are in place.
The University of Texas at Austin and Jericho Systems announced a national pilot program designed to explore advanced patient control over shared medical records. This…
Unprecedented federal financial support for HIT drives system change; proportion of hospitals with electronic health records nearly triples since 2010; 30 percent of hospitals send…
The sound of HIMSS 13 has quieted and now the work continues to follow through on the connections made and the initiatives launched. The CommonWell…