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Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on...

Epic refutes Mother Jones' accusations on lack of interoperability

Electronic health record vendor Epic Systems has written a letter to the editor of  Mother Jones  magazine refuting statements made in a story published by the latter about Epic products' lack of interoperability with other EHR systems.

DoD: Joint legacy viewer provides 'interoperability' with VA

The Department of Defense claims to have met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Report: HIE-sponsored PHRs offer 'one-stop shopping'

Health information exchanges may wish to consider offering personal health records as part of their array of services, according to a report recently unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

EHRA defends comments on information blocking

Members of HIMSS' Electronic Health Records Association, apparently stung by negative media and other reaction to the group's letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the agency's interoperability report, have written a blog post clarifying its position.

CMS holds off on health IT measure in final joint replacement payment model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its final rule implementing its new comprehensive care for joint replacement bundled payment initiative, but for now is not requiring a health IT performance measure.

AHA: 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory needs more detail

The 2016 draft Interoperability Standards Advisory, which identifies and assesses the best standards and implementation specifications for supporting interoperability, doesn't provide sufficient information and needs to be fleshed out more, according to the American Hospital Association.

OIG's work plan shifts review of EHRs, warns of further scrutiny

A focus on electronic health records and health IT by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General shows no signs of abating, as evidenced by its 2016 work plan, issued Nov. 2. But its priorities certainly have evolved.

Barriers block 'essential' integration of digital behavioral, physical health records

It is "essential" for behavioral health and physical health providers to share electronic patient data, but there are roadblocks to these efforts, according to a recent post from the Altarum Institute's Center for Implementation Science.

Final rules for ESRD, home health push digtal record sharing

The Department of Health and Human Services has delivered as promised, maintaining in final payment rules for ancillary providers the notice that they may soon be required to adopt electronic health records and electronically share data with others.