NORC researchers involved with ONC's statewide evaluation of health information exchange program will be conducting a session at HIMSS13 sharing observations. Their take on the state of HIE in three words: Developing, advancing, exciting.
The companies are embarking on a five-year partnership to initially harness Intermountain's piles of health data that CIO Marc Probst said will ultimatley "be broader and more august" than the two partners.
Arkansas has received a tentative okay from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid beneficiaries with subsidized insurance via the state HIX, part of a broader suite of policy transformations the state is pursuing.
In an unusual twist, the VA reacted to a DoD request for information by suggesting its long-standing VistA electronic health records systems. But the DoD insists it must evaluate VistA as it would any EHR acquisition.
The State Health Information Network of New York and the New York eHealth Collaborative are offering providers in the state Direct Messaging, with EHR interoperability certification for the service beginning this spring.
The health information exchange model is metamorphosing from its initial phase of Direct secure messaging and patient look-up toward a new age of value-added services that one HIE director believes "will have a profound effect on healthcare," quality across America.
Many people recognize how valuable it will be to connect electronic medical records (EHRs) and government health programs. There are examples where information (prevention schedules, assessments, etc.) can be delivered into EHRs and where information can flow in and out of EHRs (immunization histories, lifetime military records, etc.).
The use of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) to promote health information exchange represents a major shift of direction by policymakers working on expediting use of the Nationwide Health Information Network.The NIEM (pronounced "NEEM") is a working model for standardizing information exchange that has been operating among federal, state and local government agencies in areas such as emergency management and law enforcement.
The fervor over health insurance reform and electronic medical records in the HITECH Act seems to have sucked all the oxygen away from health information technology that is not about direct patient care.
As the nation stands on the threshold of one of the most important eras in health information technology (IT) history, we are witnessing a "perfect storm" of health IT advancements, innovations and drastic overhauls.
In the midst of all the policy-making surrounding the administration's health IT incentive plan, it's possible to lose sight of the people it was designed to benefit. There are millions of potential meaningful users of health IT of course, but few whose stories are more compelling than two we touch-on in the current issue of Government Health IT.
With funding from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government is poised to distribute over $21 billion in incentive payments to hospitals and providers to spur the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs).