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2017 Emerges as Pivotal Year for FHIR Interoperability Standard

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | January 5, 2017

Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interface is moving closer to becoming a mature standard, with the “normative” version slated for release sometime in 2017. Standards are widely perceived as providing the greatest potential for achieving national health IT interoperability in the near future. In particular, FHIR is seen by industry stakeholders as a promising solution to the complex interoperability challenges that are confronting healthcare organizations...

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6 Reasons To Plan Architecture For Interoperability

John Loonsk | Government Health IT | September 23, 2014

Nearly $26 billion spent, and the U.S. healthcare industry is still asking why information doesn’t move more easily between electronic health records.  That’s a loaded question, of course, and suggesting a ten-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it...

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Apervita Creates Health Analytics for the Millions

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | January 9, 2015

I have often advocated for better integration of analytics into everyday medical practice, and I found a company called Apervita (originally named Pervasive Health) that jumps off in the right direction.

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Apervita Selected to Demonstrate Real-time Analytics for the Veterans Affairs’ Digital Health Platform

Press Release | Apervita | January 9, 2017

Apervita, Inc., the leading platform and marketplace for health analytics & data, today announced that Apervita participated in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proof-of-concept to demonstrate the power of real-time analytics to deliver higher quality, more efficient and flexible care as part of the Digital Health Platform (DHP) architecture. The VA’s DHP unlocks the enormous opportunity to integrate analytics for all patients and care providers, into a wide range of decision workflows and technologies, to provide the best care everywhere. In the proof-of-concept, Apervita acts as the real-time analytics engine to continuously execute pathways and guidelines and distribute resulting insights throughout the DHP and other platforms across the care continuum...

Cernering the Market

Mike Farahbakshian | Fed Health IT | July 10, 2017

After years of speculation and rumors, in a move that surprised absolutely no one, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to Cerner Millenium to replace its home-grown VistA electronic health record. On the surface this makes sense, because of DoD’s move to Cerner in 2015 and an overarching VA desire to move from custom software to COTS software. However, SecVA’s decision is only the beginning of an extremely long path, as DHA is finding with its MHS GENESIS project. Moreover, VA has a broader scope than DHA. Unlike DHA, whose primary goal is to provide a medically ready fighting force, VA handles a slew of additional tasks, including...

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CMS To Invest $5+ Billion a Year in Open Source and Cloud-based IT Infrastructure for Medicaid

After more than 40 years of relying on monolithic mainframe platforms to administer its services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has embraced a new modular, open and agile approach to Medicaid health information technology for the Federal government and States. In many ways, this is the best of what open source advocates and technology innovators could have hoped for when it comes to open source policy from a government agency. According to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, the agency will spend more than $5 billion a year to fund this transformation.

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DoD And Tech Firms Face Daunting Health-IT Challenge

John K. Higgins | eCommerce Times | September 22, 2014

"The DoD's electronic health record program is a large and extremely complex undertaking. There are a number of different vendors, players, technologies, organizations and politics involved, resulting in tremendous barriers to overcome," said eHealth Initiative CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick. "That doesn't mean it is impossible to execute DHMSM successfully -- but it will be a difficult feat."...

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Does Healthcare Need a More Modern Way to Define and Measure EHR Interoperability?

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | August 18, 2016

Industry experts and the federal government are divided on the best way to assess the state of the nation’s health IT interoperability. The Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT, for instance, has proposed using CIO surveys to gauge the status of interoperability among and between healthcare organizations. To that end, ONC posted a Request for Information (RFI) on how to best assess interoperability that closed last month — just not before drawing some sharp comments from across the industry...

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EHR Interoperability a Source of Pain and Debate in Vermont

Kyle Murphy | EHRIntelligence.com | July 18, 2012

The lack of interoperability stems from innovation outpacing standardization. Because of the lack of proper guidance from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is charged with providing specifications for health information technology (IT), and other federal agencies during the earliest phases of EHR implementation, it is likely that Vermont isn’t the only state suffering these growing pains.

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EHRs, IoT, Revenue Cycle Bring Opportunities for Healthcare APIs

Jennifer Bresnick | Health IT Analytics | January 4, 2017

Application programming interfaces (APIs) are quickly becoming a critical tool for healthcare organizations looking to build interoperable connections, and it is likely that this new standard for health data exchange will keep growing in importance during the next few years. A new report from Market Research Engine (MRE) predicts healthy growth for the nascent healthcare API ecosystem, forecasting a 4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) that will produce a $234 million market by 2024....

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FHIR App Provides Precision Medicine Support at Point of Care

Jennifer Bresnick | Health IT Analytics | August 8, 2016

FHIR is helping to power a new precision medicine oncology app that brings clinical decision support to the point of care. Two of the most intriguing trends in healthcare may be able to work together to bring advanced clinical decision support directly to the point of care, suggest researchers who developed a FHIR-based precision medicine application that integrates with electronic health records...

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Fridsma: Meaningful Use Causing 'Real Fatigue'

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | December 5, 2014

"Interoperability is hard in the concrete,” Doug Fridsma, MD said, “it is impossible in the abstract.”  Fridsma, former chief scientist at ONC and now CEO of AMIA, said on Wednesday at RSNA's 100th annual meeting in Chicago that the key is enabling the free flow of information of all types — from lab results to medications to imaging data — within and between healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes...

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Halamka Discusses Three Disruptive Care Coordination Innovations In Use at Beth Israel

Would you buy an iPhone if the only apps that ran on it were written by Apple?   Maybe, but the functionality would not be very diverse. The same can be said of EHRs. Athena, Cerner, Epic, Meditech, and self developed EHRs such as BIDMC’s webOMR are purpose-built transaction engines for capturing data.  However, it is impossible for any single vendor to provide all the innovation required by the marketplace to support new models of care I’m a strong believer in the concept of third party modules that layer on top of traditional EHRs in the same way that apps run in the iPhone ecosystem...

Halamka on the JASON Report

On 4/09/2014, AHRQ released the JASON report, facilitated by Mitre. JASON is an independent group of scientists who advise the United States government on matters of science and technology. The intent of the report is to make recommendations for a new healthcare IT architecture to accelerate interoperability. Read More »

Health Level Seven International Project Supports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Blue Button® Requirements

Press Release | HL7 | February 28, 2012

[Health Level Seven® (HL7®) International] today announced a response to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) recent requirement that U.S. Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) health insurance carriers support the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Blue Button® text file format as a means of conveying personal health information to federal employees. Read More »