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Collaboration and Federation: IHE Creating Direct Project Provider Directory

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.

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GAO Report on Health Information Exchange Focuses on Standards

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.

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The State of Health Information 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.

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Health IT in 2013: A Year in Review

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.

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Health Information Exchange Q&A with John Traeger, Enterprise Solutions Consultant

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.

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HIE Pilot Demonstrates Patients Can Control Privacy and Consent of Personal Health Data

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.

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