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Positive news about health information exchange, EHR usability... and even IT vendors

There's so much bad news about electronic health records, generally, that it's refreshing to read about some positive developments this week. For one, it looks like health information exchanges (HIEs) are finally coming into their own.

AAFP's Wergin: Health records are being 'held hostage'

Neither patients nor their electronic health records are commodities, and they should not be treated as such, according to Nebraska family physician Robert Wergin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a blog post for The Hill.

Direct messaging popular despite cost, other drawbacks

Direct messaging is a popular method for sharing data, according to a new HIMSS survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states. 

HIEs evolving as demand increases

Both health information exchanges (HIEs) and providers' needs regarding them have evolved since HIEs were first launched, according to a new  report  from NORC at the University of Chicago researchers for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Senate hearing panelists: Stay the course on Meaningful Use

While providers are under a great deal of stress to meet adoption requirements for Meaningful Use, the industry must stay the course, said panelists at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Canada also faces EHR interoperability woes

Canada is suffering some of the same interoperability problems with its electronic health records as the United States, albeit for somewhat different reasons, according to a recent article in   the  Journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ).

EHRs need five 'use cases' to be interoperable

Electronic health records should have five "use cases" in order to be considered "open" or interoperable, according to a new article in the  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

VA eyes new platform to improve interoperability of veteran health data

With an eye on solving issues for sharing veteran health data between government agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to launch a new interface--the Enterprise Health Management Platform.

Updated OIG 2015 work plan adds EHR issues under review

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General continues to refine its scrutiny of electronic health records, adding a new focus area in an update to its work plan, but deleting several older items previously under review.

Consumers support EHRs, HIEs despite security, privacy concerns

Consumers remain concerned about the privacy and security of their medical records--and whether the physician uses an electronic system makes little difference, according to a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.