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Few Providers Meet 2015 EHR Certification, survey finds


Asked what concerns them most about technology, healthcare executives named security and patient confidentiality. But they see technology as a boon to healthcare. Of the 107 surveyed, 63% said technology has enhanced quality since 2008 and 55% said it has increased consumer engagement in managing their own health. Still, there seems to be a disconnect with regulations, IT solutions and implementation, the survey says.


Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability


A new eHeatlh Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers found that most providers believe technology has improved healthcare quality since 2008, but certain areas—including interoperability—are still in need of significant improvements.


“Sixty-three percent agree that technology has helped increase healthcare quality since 2008,” wrote researchers in a presentation of survey findings. “Fifty-five percent agree that great progress has been made in using technology to engage consumers in the management of their health.”




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71% of Providers Say Interoperability Not Attainable by 2020

Less than a third of provider organizations believe that current federal policies, committees and regulations are sufficient to help the country attain meaningful health IT interoperability by 2020. Researchers conducting the survey say the lack of confidence in the nation achieving interoperability over the next few years does not bode well for the healthcare industry as it transitions from fee-for-service to value-based care.

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Providers Lagging on 2015 Edition EHR Certification


The eHealth Initiative published a new research uncovering the reality that only 9 percent of healthcare providers are currently compliant with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s 2015 Edition for EHR certification. 


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AAFP Presses CMS to Make MACRA Easier on Physicians

Sensing a timely opening, the AAFP took full advantage of the opportunity to press CMS to make prudent and necessary changes regarding how the agency moves forward with implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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eHI's CEO Jennifer Covich Mentioned As One of The Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT

A total of 75 leaders in healthcare information technology have been named to Health Data Management’s second annual list of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT. eHI is proud to have Jennifer Covich make this impressive list of executives.

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HIEs Continue to Face Barriers to Interoperability - Health Data Management

While health information exchange organizations are growing in maturity, they continue to face cost and technical challenges that remain key barriers to interoperability, according to the eHealth Initiative’s 2014 health data exchange survey.

The annual survey, which the eHealth Initiative has been conducting for the past 11 years, tracks the growth and progress of electronic health data exchange efforts across the United States. Of 267 identified HIEs, 125 respondents fully completed the survey—74 community-based HIOs, 25 statewide efforts, 26 healthcare delivery organizations—and an additional 10 gave partial responses...

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Survey: HIEs Still Struggling With EHR Interfaces - Healthcare Informatics

Next week a federal task force will recommend that the Office of the National Coordinator should switch gears with meaningful use to focus solely on interoperability through use of the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard under development by HL7 and the use of public application programming interfaces (APIs). Serving as a reminder of why a new approach might be necessary was the eHealth Initiative’s 11th annual data exchange survey, released Oct. 8, which found health information exchange organizations still struggling with interoperability issues.

The survey of 135 health information organizations found that, as in previous years, challenges to interoperability include financial costs of building interfaces...

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Interoperability remains a barrier for health data exchange organizations - FierceHealthIT

Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.

Cost and technical challenges are the key barriers to interoperability, respondents said. The three most-cited issues were the cost of building interfaces to connect disparate systems, getting consistent and timely response from EHR vendor interface developers and technical difficulty of building interfaces...

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New Partnerships are the Answer to Better Patient Care and Lower Costs

The convergence of dominant trends – new technologies, the demand for value, a growing population, and the government as an influencer – are transforming the U.S. healthcare system.

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