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Interoperability and health information exchange


April 1, 2013  8:50 PM

Private or public? State or Federal? Hospitals choose HIEs



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CommonWell, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange, Private, Public HIEs, State HIE

Meaningful use stage 2 and meaningful use stage 3 contain measures that stipulate the exchange of electronic health records...

March 11, 2013  8:55 PM

HHS looking to encourage HIE adoption



Posted by: RedaChouffani
blue button, CMS, ePHI, HIE, ONC, PHI

On March 6, 2013, HHS released a notice and request for information around the need for policy changes to help electronic health information exchange outside of the current incentive programs that require interoperability and exchange.


March 4, 2013  10:30 PM

McKesson announcement: HIE alliance



Posted by: RedaChouffani
AllScripts, AthenaHealth, Cerner, EHR, Greenway, HIE, John Hammergren, jonathan bush, McKesson, RelayHealth

Today at  HIMSS 2013, an announcement made by John Hammergren, Chairman & CEO of McKesson, showed the willingness of some of the biggest players in EHRs to...


February 18, 2013  10:23 PM

New CONNECT HIE platform driven by federal collaboration



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CONNECT, DoD, HHS, HIE, NHIN, ONC

There is a new version of the open source platform for secure exchange of health information, CONNECT V4. HHS, DOD, SSA and the VA collaborated on the platform with the intent to provide both federal and other entities a secure data exchange platform. Since both the


December 4, 2012  7:56 AM

Health care technologies that can help independent physicians



Posted by: RedaChouffani
cloud, EHR systems, HIE, SaaS, smartphones, tablets, voice recognition

A recent study performed by Accenture provided evidence that the number of private practices and independent physicians is continuing on...


October 23, 2012  6:28 AM

Massachusetts statewide HIE connects hospitals and providers



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Accountable care organizations, ACOs, EHR, HIE, HIway, state

The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (HIE) began the transfer of summary health records on October 16th, 2012 with Governor Deval Patrick's health record the first official XML file to be exchanged. This marks the first step for Massachusetts to enable local hospitals,...


October 15, 2012  11:18 PM

The convenience of quick visits at retail clinics



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, HIE

Health care seems to be one of the few areas that we may not have quick service turnaround, in a time when we expect immediate service. I experienced one of those inconveniences this week during a family trip. My wife and I found ourselves away from our pediatrician when our youngest came down...


July 2, 2012  9:11 PM

Obama’s Administration makes additional funds available to help states implement Affordable Insurance Exchanges



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HIE, state exchange

After the Supreme Court ruling in the last week of June of 2012, the Obama administration made new funding available to help the states implement the affordable...


May 7, 2012  11:13 AM

Top considerations when planning on joining an HIE



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CareConnect, Health information exchange, HIE

More independent physicians are being solicited to connect to a community, local, or state HIE.  Since many of these entities have gone live in higher numbers this past year,...


April 15, 2012  10:42 PM

Some of the highlights of collaborative tools available today



Posted by: RedaChouffani
data exchange, EHR integration, Open Source, sharepoint

For some time now, enterprise users and healthcare organizations have turned to different intranet tools (Open Source, commercial products) to help manage internal document storage, authoring and project collaboration. But one trend I've noticed in the recent months is that there continues to be a...


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