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Pollyanna ONC highlights interoperability mistakes made in the past

I presume that I'm not the only person who finds the occasional disconnect between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's blog posts and the real data behind them amusing.

End of Highmark-UPMC contract raises concerns about data sharing

The termination of the contract between managed care company Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), slated to end Jan. 1, 2015, has called into question whether UPMC will be able to transfer electronic patient health records in a timely manner.

JASON task force to ONC: Consider delaying MU Stage 3 incentives

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should narrow Meaningful Use Stage 3 to focus on interoperability and "assertively monitor" the transition to public APIs but implement only "non-regulatory steps" to catalyze the transition, according to ONC's JASON task force.

ONC: Interoperability up, but barriers remain

Providers are continuing to adopt electronic health records and share patient data, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will continue to support these efforts, according to their annual report to Congress on the HITECH Act.

KLAS: 6 percent of providers have attained 'advanced' interoperability

Providers are on the path to interoperability, but they're not necessarily crediting their vendor for it, according to a new report from KLAS Research.

CORHIO's Morgan Honea: Data exchange a 'sunken cost' without payment reform

In part 2 of FierceEMR 's exclusive interview with CORHIO Executive Director Morgan Honea, the former practice administrator addresses the correlation between technology effectiveness and new payment models, and shares his thoughts on the federal government's role in pushing the use of health information technology.

JASON Task Force pushes for narrowed MU Stage 3 focusing on interoperability

Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements should be narrowed to more closely focus on interoperability, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's JASON Task Force recommended in a meeting Wednesday.

CORHIO's Morgan Honea: IT spending no small undertaking for providers

At a Health IT Policy Committee governance subgroup meeting in late August, Carl Dvorak, president of Verona, Wisconsin-based EHR vendor Epic said that at least one factor limiting health data exchange is that many health information exchanges nationwide force participants to pay full and exorbitant fees for participation, even in the case of providers using individual services such as access to public health and immunization registries. Morgan Honea, executive director for the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization--a nonprofit health information exchange that electronically connects providers throughout the state--who also testified at the meeting, took issue with what he saw as generalizations by Dvorak, calling them "unfair."

CVS to integrate records with hospitals, doctors

Starting next year, records from CVS pharmacies and the chain's Minute Clinics will be integrated with electronic medical records from MedStar Health's 10 hospitals and 4,000 doctors in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Nebraska hospital goes paperless by emphasizing workflow

A Nebraska critical access hospital found success in going paperless by focusing on its work processes, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).