HIE Rundown 2-10-17

network-200Health Information Exchange (HIE) is happening every minute of every day. Your personal health information is moving and being viewed to improve the quality of your healthcare and lower the costs. The job will not be complete until all health records are digital and interoperable. Here’s what’s happening to make that reality.

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – Redesigned
Explore a health ecosystem where standards-based health IT enables individuals to securely access, contribute to and analyze their own health data. Start your interoperability journey at the HIMSS17 Interop Showcase February 20-22, 2017. Also, enjoy an afternoon at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Sip & Learn. Join your fellow HIMSS (@HIMSS) attendees and network within the Interoperability Showcase. Take this opportunity to go on a tour of one of our interoperability demonstrations, visit our education theater, and explore our Market Place. At the Interoperability Showcase, IT connects everything.

Vocera Communication System Earns Additional DoD Certification for Interoperability and Security
Vocera Communications, Inc. (@VoceraComm), a healthcare communications company, announced it has earned additional interoperability and security certification by the Department of Defense (DoD) for its latest software release and wearable communication badge. The Vocera Communication System met stringent criteria of the DoD Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which allows DoD facilities to purchase and operate UC systems over DoD network infrastructures. This certification is essential to the expansion and deployment of Vocera solutions in U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) facilities around the world.

Continua Design Guidelines Recognized in the ONC’s 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)
The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) (@PCHAllianceannounced that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) now includes the Continua Design Guidelines. The Continua Design Guidelines and associated standards (e.g. ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data standards) enable the sharing of patient-generated health data with healthcare providers to support efficient patient-centered healthcare delivery. The ISA is published by the ONC, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency office leading national health IT interoperability to advance electronic exchange of health information.

DirectTrust Reports Record Growth in Direct Transactions, Number of Direct Exchange Addresses and Users
DirectTrust (@DirectTrustorgannounced continued record growth in the number of health care organizations using Direct interoperability services during 2016, as well as an upsurge in the number of Direct addresses and message transactions nationwide. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created by and for participants in the Direct interoperability network used for secure, identity-verified electronic exchange of personal health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between provider and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.

Healthcare’s Latest Interoperability Push
Recent collaboration among big-name EHR vendors signals a new push towards greater health information exchange, although barriers in the market still remain. Across the healthcare ecosystem, it’s hardly a secret that providers struggle to get pertinent medical information from exchange partners who use a different electronic health record (EHR) from their own. And if the provider wants to do something impactful with that health data—say receive it in a way that facilitates improvement in patient care, for example—the struggle becomes even more real. Read more.

Hospira and Iatric Systems Partner to Deliver Smart Pump-EMR Interoperability to Hospitals
Iatric Systems, Inc. (@IatricSystems), a healthcare technology company dedicated to helping healthcare organizations enhance their IT investments, and Hospira, a Pfizer Company and leading provider of infusion technologies, announced a formal partnership to develop interoperability between Hospira’s smart infusion devices and Iatric Systems Accelero Connect® integration software solution. Hospira and Iatric Systems have signed a development agreement and are currently piloting smart pump-EMR interoperability (a/k/a IV-EMR interoperability) at an undisclosed U.S. hospital.