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Using a new program, ONC is fostering collaboration with groups involved in governance of health information exchange to encourage the continued development and adoption of policies, interoperability requirements and business practices.
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:48

HIT in 2013: 2 Areas to Watch

The healthcare industry made major progress in terms of health information technology implementation in 2012. Many hospitals and physicians began meeting meaningful use stage 1, and the final rules for stage 2 meaningful use were released. Also, hospitals and providers made great strides to implement electronic health records, use telemedicine, introduce mobile health and build or participate in health information exchanges.
A public-private partnership of 15 states, 37 technology vendors and 34 health information exchanges has announced a program to test and certify electronic health records and other health information technology for reliable transfer of data within and across organizations and states.
Healthcare organizations and professionals need to collaborate to define common information-sharing needs to promote coordinated, value-based care, according to a Bipartisan Policy Center report (pdf).
In response to ONC's request for comments on the nationwide health information exchange, The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives shared its belief that NwHIN governance is "being unduly rushed" (pdf).
Maine's health information exchange, HealthInfoNEt, is planning to pilot one of the nation's first statewide medical image archives.
A new report, "Best Practices: Establishing Sustainable Health Information Exchange," by IDC Health Insights, an advisory services and market research firm, provides guidelines for establishing a health information exchange based on insight from experienced executives, according to a Healthcare Payer News report.
With the increasing number of experienced health information exchange vendors in the market, physicians now look for lower cost options and long-term viability when choosing an HIE vendor, according to a 2011 KLAS report.
Health information exchange is becoming increasingly more important as a higher percentage of hospitals attests to meaningful use of electronic health records and begins to prepare for meaningful use stage 2. By connecting healthcare providers across a range of locations, HIE has the potential to aid transitions of care, reduce duplication and improve population health. Colin Barry, CEO of health information systems provider MEDfx, discusses four current HIE trends that will affect hospitals and healthcare delivery networks in 2012.
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