From The Health IT Buzz blog – Many hospitals have adopted systems for interoperable patient data exchange and are connected to national networks. However, ONC has consistently found that rates of interoperable exchange for smaller, rural, and independent hospitals have notably lagged behind other hospitals.Read More
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By Mark Knee & Jawanna Henry – In January 2022, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Version 1 of the Common Agreement was released. A year later, six organizations became candidate QHINs and committed to complete “onboarding” and “go live” by the end of 2023 – we are still on target!
By Catherine Strawley & Chelsea Richwine – Screening for patients’ health-related social needs can help providers more effectively coordinate patient care and connect patients to the resources they need. Social needs are social conditions—such as food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of reliable transportation—
By Micky Tripathi & Jonathan Blum – A new proposed rule released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details HHS’ first steps for holding health care providers accountable for information blocking under the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).
By Catherine Strawley & Wes Barker – Thanks to a decade of effort, nearly every U.S. hospital today stores health data electronically. To put that data to work, however, clinicians and patients need to be able to access and appropriately share that data.
By Stephanie Garcia – Genomic variations can affect a patient’s risk for cancer, response to medications, and numerous other vital health outcomes. In fact, nine of the ten leading causes of death in the U.S. are influenced by genomic factors. The need for systems that help clinicians integrate genomics into care decisions has grown in importance.
By Rob Anthony – All certified Health IT Modules that are part of a health IT product that stores electronic health information are required to certify to the Electronic Health Information export criterion (45 CFR 170.315 (b)(10)) and make the functionality available to end users by December 31, 2023.
By Wes Barker & Wei Chang – The ONC Cures Act Final Rule (Cures Rule) supports patients’ and providers’ access to electronic health information through Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) application programming interfaces (APIs).
By Keith Carlson – With Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) application programming interfaces (APIs) now widely available across the United States, health IT developers and application developers should keep up-to-date on API security work and practice good API security hygiene when implementing applications and tools that leverage FHIR APIs.