Collaboration Needed for Race, Ethnicity Data Collection, Exchange

First, they noted that to build an equity-oriented data system, groups should follow best practices from successful multistakeholder efforts, such as engaging key stakeholders early on and building community support. “Engaging with national and state partners is critical to promote buy-in; stakeholders want a path to deliver on REL data improvements that align with other […]

VA Digital Healthcare Playbook Highlights Health IT Optimization Case Studies

For instance, MercyOne, an accountable care organization (ACO) with over 400 service locations, had several disparate data sources lacking a common standard. “With such enormous stature of the ACO, designing engaged and patient-centric care across the care continuum was challenging along with having multiple practice sites,” VA officials said. Mercy health network partnered with health […]

HL7 Launches GenomeX Community to Enhance Genomic Data Interoperability

Building on the progress of the HL7 Clinical Genomics Work Group, including its FHIR Genomics Implementation Guide, CodeX’s GenomeX community will design scalable pilots that use FHIR Genomics for multiple use cases. Proposed use cases are: • FHIR Genomics Data Exchange: Designing and building scalable FHIR Genomics interfaces to support interoperability of genomic data from […]

What Providers Should Know About the ONC Interoperability Rule

What Data Applies to the Information Blocking Rule Understanding ONC information blocking rule compliance depends upon a clear understanding of HIPAA-defined terms related to patient health information, according to a HealthITBuzz blog post written by ONC’s Kathryn Marchesini and Michael Lipinski. “EHI is defined as electronic protected health information (ePHI)  to the extent that it would be included […]

How FHIR APIs Can Support Genomic Data Sharing for Research, Patient Care

Stakeholders categorized challenges into six themes that point to the continued need for: Standards development and content for the integration of genomic data into clinical and research systems Support during implementation of genomic standards Flexible infrastructure to support the complexity of genomic data Supporting the utilization of genomic data according to the different needs of […]

How Health Information Exchanges Boost Value-Based Care

Reduce Healthcare Cost By delivering on population health initiatives and supporting care coordination, HIEs can help healthcare organizations cut downstream costs. A 2018 systematic review of studies of health information exchanges found evidence the exchanges reduced the cost of healthcare. The new findings “represent progress in reaching the national goals of better-quality care, improved population […]

3 Use Cases for Health Data Interoperability in Patient-Centered Care

Transitions of Care Interoperability Health IT stakeholders are also working to advance interoperability between primary care providers (PCPs) and specialists. Just as a circle has 360 degrees, Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, chief medical officer of MedAllies, says data exchange needs to be a closed-loop process to enable care coordination. That’s what she’s trying to accomplish […]

How to Improve Data Normalization in Healthcare

How can healthcare systems improve data normalization? Refer to the ISA and standardize across your system first There are a handful of interoperability rules that providers and payers must comply with, such as the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, but outside of these, systems have some freedom with regard to how they code […]

Standardized APIs Could Finally Make It Easy to Exchange Health Records

Accelerating the Transition HL7 has formed several accelerators focused on target segments of health care information exchange. The first was the Argonaut Project, established in 2014 to develop the basic building blocks of the FHIR standards. Within each accelerator, developers and users work together to define “use cases” — the contexts in which the proposed information exchange […]

eHealth Exchange Promotes Patient Data Exchange Across Health Orgs

The respondents reported several strengths, but most agreed that interoperability, especially with SSA and VA connections, was most beneficial. Customers also reported seeing value with the organization and most said the HIE works as well as expected and promoted. “We wanted to be able to exchange the information and utilize the system to exchange with […]

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