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June 25, 2014
Marc Perlman, Oracle Healthcare and Life Sciences

Interoperability and population health

As of April 2014, about 7 million Americans have entered the ranks of the insured under the Affordable Care Act. The national focus has been almost exclusively on enrollment. But with the first cycle behind us, it's time to look toward refinement. How can we make the leap from broader access to improved population health?
June 04, 2014
Evan Schuman

Apple health app may bring HIE evolution

Apple is rolling out an app to piece together healthcare information from many third-party apps, including from health systems, to give consumers and providers a new comprehensive medical view, setting the stage for new approaches to information exchange.
May 28, 2014
Anthony Brino

Should we invest the rest of MU elsewhere?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may have given physicians and hospitals a more flexible time frame to participate in the next phase of the EHR incentive program, but the backlash continues. The frustrations may be symptoms of larger systematic problems that the EHR incentive program might be able to better address if reengineered.
May 21, 2014
Paul Cerrato

The HIE referral reversal

Health information exchange remains a challenge for providers and vendors alike. In 2011, athenahealth addressed the issue by offering a HIE service that connected physicians to labs and other service partners. At the time, this arrangement passed federal muster, but apparently not anymore.
May 15, 2014
Anthony Brino

REC, HIE bridge dual needs

In many states, most physicians and hospitals are using electronic health records, but not as many are actually exchanging patient data. That reality has some Regional Extension Centers taking up the work of health information exchange.
May 07, 2014
Ephraim Schwartz

A new breed of exchange for care coordination

At some point in the not-so-distant future, if a patient takes a prescription only half the time and the outcome is poor, the physician won't get paid in full. When that day comes, healthcare organizations will start to ask who is responsible.
April 24, 2014
Melissa Kotrys, Arizona Health-e Connection

State roadmap tries to give Triple Aim roots

Everyone in healthcare today is talking about the Triple Aim of better care, better outcomes and lower costs made possible by advancements in health information technology. In Arizona, we have given these far reaching goals some tangible and tactical roots in an updated roadmap for the state and a newly affiliated organization. While progress has been made, there are still challenges, especially statewide health information sharing.
April 09, 2014
Fay Rozovsky

Mitigating 'meaningful consent' risks

The expansion of EHRs has resulted in healthcare organizations compiling more protected health information than ever before. At the same time, HIEs are facilitating access to that information from provider to provider. Consequently, release-of-information authorizations have dramatically expanded in both scope and complexity.
April 03, 2014
Anthony Brino

At a crossroads

In the five years since the HITECH Act brought funding for public health information exchanges, the technology and the organizations that offer it have seen a varied evolution. Today, HIE as a whole is at a crossroads, with much of the public funding running out, but health data exchange services are more important than ever.
March 26, 2014
Pat Wolfram, Liaison Healthcare

Are lab result interfaces enough?

Receiving structured lab results in an EHR is an assumed functionality today, and with meaningful use Stage 2, it's a requirement. But it may come as a surprise that many EHR vendors haven't provided more than the equivalent of a scanned report until recently. This is one area where HIEs could improve their services and fill gaps.