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Data Blocking Hampers Interoperability, ONC Says

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | April 10, 2015

According to ONC, complaints and other evidence described in the 39-page report “suggest that some persons and entities are interfering with the exchange or use of electronic health information in ways that frustrate the goals of the HITECH Act and undermine broader healthcare reforms.” ONC’s report provides criteria for identifying and distinguishing electronic health information blocking from other barriers to interoperability, and details current and proposed actions...

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Data Integration Issues Cost Health, Human Services Agencies $342B

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | August 24, 2015

The top challenge facing health and human services agencies is data integration, which is wreaking havoc on information systems, costing billions of dollars and reducing care quality. That’s the finding of a new survey of 155 IT executives and program managers working with healthcare and other social service agencies—85 percentof whom say their agency faces challenges when it comes to the eligibility and verification of beneficiaries.

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DoD, VA's Health IT Efforts Grow Out Of Leadership, Necessity

Ruben Gomez | Federal News Radio | September 18, 2012

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are preparing to release a new request for proposals under their integrated electronic health records (iEHR) initiative, a move that will represent the latest sign of renewed progress in a complex effort to marry both departments' health IT systems. Read More »

EHI Live UK Conference Hosts State–of-the-Art Open Source Health IT Solutions

Press Release | EHI Live | October 20, 2015

EHI live, now in its 8th year, is the UK's leading exhibition for digital health, hospital information and healthcare innovation. The event attracts visitors and delegates from around the UK and beyond who are keen to learn from industry leaders and examine new technologies. The EHI Live exhibition gives visitors the chance to see the best that NHS IT suppliers have to offer. EHI Live will take place in Birmingham, UK, Nov 3-4, in Hall 1 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The event will host more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest advances in IT healthcare solutions. It will also feature free-to-attend conferences that will address the major healthcare IT industry issues such...[including] the annual HANDI Health Apps conference which features its own specialist app zone, a feature dedicated to the use of open source technology.

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EHR Business Environment Must Change to Achieve Interoperability

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | February 4, 2015

The main challenges for the nation’s health IT interoperability are not technical but business related. That’s the word from former National Coordinators for Health IT speaking in a panel session on Tuesday at ONC’s Annual Meeting in Washington. Farzad Mostashari, M.D., former National Coordinator for HIT and currently CEO of start-up Aledade which partners with independent primary care physicians, warned that business practices among some electronic health records vendors are inhibiting the sharing of health information by restricting information exchange with users of other EHR products.

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EHR Data 'Blocking' Hobbles HIT, Says ONC

John Commins | Health Leaders Media | April 13, 2015

Technology vendors, hospitals, and health systems restrict data access under the guise of security and confidentiality, but it can be challenging to identify and differentiate information-blocking from more benign impediments, says an ONC report.

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EHRs to Play Central Role in Precision Medicine Initiative

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | March 5, 2015

...According to Collins, scientific advances also are accelerating progress toward a new era of precision medicine. “Historically, doctors have been forced to base their recommendations for treatment on the expected response of the average patient,” he explained. “But recent advances, including the plummeting costs of DNA sequencing, now make possible a more precise approach to disease management and prevention that takes into account individual differences in genes, environments, and lifestyles.”

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Fed Advisors Say Data Blocking not Hindering Interoperability

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | August 26, 2015

the task force’s observation flies in the face of an April 2015 report to Congress from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT which highlighted the problem of electronic health information blocking, drawing attention to how both provider and vendor “bad actors” are interfering with data exchange. In its report, ONC argued that some EHR vendors are preventing the exchange of health information with competitors and how some providers engage in information blocking to control referrals and enhance their market dominance over competitors.

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FTC, ONC put vendors on notice

Mike Miliard | 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.

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Growth Slow for CommonWell Alliance Data Exchange Effort

Joseph Goedert | Health Data Management | August 25, 2015

Five Pacific Northwest clients of electronic health records vendor Cerner have joined the CommonWell Health Alliance that offers health information exchange. The new clients demonstrate growth of the alliance while at the same time showing some of its continuing weaknesses. Read More »

Health Officials Axed Amid Probe For Improper Billing

Yoav Gonen | New York Post | August 17, 2015

Three top officials with the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. have been forced out amid a probe of improper billing for a $764 million revamp of its records system, The Post has learned. Chief Information Officer Bert Robles was forced to resign from his $296,000-a-year job in February while investigators were looking into allegations, including claims that his domestic partner received taxpayer-funded training on the new electronic medical records — even though she doesn’t even work for HHC.

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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | April 15, 2015

Five years ago, only 20% of physicians used electronic medical records (EMRs). Today, 80% use them. Since the enactment of the HITECH Act, which required that EMRs be adopted across all healthcare providers, the federal government has invested more than $28 billion toward their use...

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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | April 15, 2015

Five years ago, only 20% of physicians used electronic medical records (EMRs). Today, 80% use them. Since the enactment of the HITECH Act, which required that EMRs be adopted across all healthcare providers, the federal government has invested more than $28 billion toward their use.

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HHC Tech Leaders out amid Billing Probe of EMR Implementation

Katie Dvorak | Fierce EMR | August 19, 2015

Four top leaders at New York City's Health and Hospitals Corp. have left the organization after an investigation into improper billing for a revamp of its electronic medical record system. Internal documents set the cost of the project at about $1.4 billion, which is nearly double the stated cost, according to a report from the New York Post.

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How the healthcare system discourages creating low-cost solutions

Susan D. Hall | Fierce Health IT | August 18, 2015

The U.S. leads the world in creating new drugs and healthcare tech, but the system discourages inventors from creating cost-lowering technologies in favor of ones with a healthy return on investment, according to an article at the Journal of the American Medical Association. "In the United States, the surest way to generate a healthy return on investment is to increase health care spending, not reduce it," says the authors, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Yale School of Medicine.

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