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HIEs are following in EHRs' unsteady footsteps

Remember the adage, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it?" Well, that appears to be the case again, this time with health information exchanges (HIEs), which are running into some of the same rough waters as the electronic health records before them.

Nursing homes less likely to implement EHRs

Nursing homes lag behind other providers in electronic health record system adoption and health information exchange, according to a new study published in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

HIMSS: HIEs making strides in provider support, security

Health information exchange organizations are showing that they can be a support to providers, particularly in meeting Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, according to a new survey from the Health Information and Management Systems Society.    The survey, a follow-up to one from 2013, collected data from 19 of the original 23 participating public and private HIE organizations.

NHS admits to ignoring patient requests to opt out of data sharing

Great Britain's National Health Service has revealed that it disregarded tens of thousands of requests by patients to opt out of a new centralized patient record database because the opt out would have affected the treatment that patients received.

Docs to ONC: Change the EHR certification process

An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies, stressing "elevated concern" about the certification of electronic health record systems, has sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo urging ONC to reevaluate its "current trajectory" and recommending changes to the certification process.

EHR decertification strategy will require a careful balancing act

There's a new buzzword in the electronic health record world beginning to gain traction: decertification. So far, only two EHR products,  both developed by Santa Fe Springs, California vendor EHRMagic, have had their certification revoked in 2013 for failing to meet the standards of the Meaningful Use program. But now, a number of EHR products may be at risk of decertification, if more momentum builds to decertify those that "proactively" block the sharing of electronic information.

ONC: Decertification of info blockers must be 'judicious'

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position on the decertification of electronic health records that engage in "information blocking," noting that decertification is on the table and that it's looking hard at all of the implications of taking more aggressive action.

HIEs can reduce repeat imaging tests

Providers who participate in a health information exchange are less likely to order duplicative imaging tests, according to a new study in the  American Journal of Managed Care.

Health IT actions of new Congress must be meaningful

Well, that was fast. Only days into the new legislative session, and lawmakers already are swinging at the Meaningful Use program. The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (FLEX-IT) Act to shorten the...

Senators call for review of HIEs

Three Republican senators have asked the Government Accountability Office to review the health information exchanges funded by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT.