Vermont's HIE, managed by the nonprofit Vermont Information Technology Leaders, is seen as an enabler for the coordination and quality assurance the state will require of providers, as it moves to a largely single payer system in 2017.
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 ONC Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup met for the first time Tuesday, outlining some of the policy questions that need to be addressed in the areas of care plans and shared decision making.
Humetrix expands its mobile health information hub to arm Apple and Android devices with access to various Blue Button accounts and, in so doing, moves patients closer to the center of their own health records.
HIE research aims to help with technical and business skills for query-based exchange, push notification and subscription services, provider directories, master data management and consumer engagement.
HHS is taking stakeholder comment on new rules for insurance rate filing and data submissions. According to the insurance industry, the agency has greatly underestimated the IT and labor costs for compliance and has even built in a layer of duplication.
I'm in DC for IHE meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, and giving a session at the 2012 mHealthSummit Wednesday afternoon on Trends on Mobile Interoperability and Standards. I scheduled my travel to attend the IHE educational session held on Monday, but decided to take advantage of by mHealthSummit badge to take look at the conference instead.
Among the two-thirds of respondents who indicated that they have mHealth policies in place, two primary impact areas are pharmacy management and the continuum of care, according to HIMSS survey of mobile technology use.
The open source i2b2 software, developed by Harvard researchers at Partners HealthSystem, has turned out to be a successful $20 million investment by NIH. Researchers and health networks are using the platform to expand clinical research and information exchange.
The ONC's health IT initiatives and incentive programs are helping drive interoperability, federal health officials and industry leaders told told the House subcommittee on science and innovation. They also said national standards and investment in smart HIE designs could spur innovation and reduce avoidable care.
Following the likes of Aetna and UnitedHealth Group, Humana has acquired a health information exchange, Certify Data Systems. The deal is a possible sign of a new dynamic for HIEs, amid the rise of ACOs.