A new cooperative agreement between the ONC, Direct Trust and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will be crafting implementation and security accreditations to expand HIE -- one route to interoperability governance that does not require complicated (or controversial) national regulations.
Aligning advanced payment models, standardizing HIE-related polices across states and finding ways to bring MU-ineligible providers into HIE programs are some of the Information Exchange Workgroup's recommendations for advancing HIE.
The organizations delivered on its promise to make freely available iterations of its standards and intellectual property, a move that CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, says will "accelerate the evolution of health information exchange."
Much like learning how to ride a bike, the early experience with electronic health records involves falls and scrapes. And as the industry turns its focus toward more usable EHRs, we should look beyond just making health IT systems simpler.
A healthcare price transparency bill being considered in the North Carolina Senate would require hospitals to post the prices for the 50 most common care episodes on the NC Health Information Exchange.
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.