Archive of: Electronic Health Record (EHR)

  • Enterprise Patient Portals and HIMSS 2016

    by Gary Hamilton

    The ultimate solution to removing barriers to interoperability between disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems continues to elude the healthcare industry’s sharpest developers, and that challenge is expected to be the number one topic discussed among vendors and attendees at this year’s Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

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  • Top HIE/EHR Issues Facing Developers and Providers in 2016

    by Gary Hamilton

    As 2015 draws to a close many healthcare news organizations are reporting on this year’s accomplishments and/or failures relating to the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems, the government’s meaningful use EHR incentive program (MU), the development of health information management exchange (HIE) platforms, and healthcare consumers’ acceptance and enthusiasm for using health information technology (HIT) and remote/mobile health devices to manage and monitor their own healthcare. Instead, let’s look forward at what’s coming down the pike in 2016 that healthcare providers and HIT/HIE developers will have to contend with.

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  • How Consumer “Experience” is Shaping Healthcare and Why This Is Good for HIE

    by Gary Hamilton

    In response to increasing emphasis by payers and government on patient satisfaction in healthcare, hospitals continue to add Chief Experience Officers (CXO) to their C-suite. This is good for health information exchange and health information technology in general, since patients continue to embrace mobile and online technologies to engage with their healthcare providers while simultaneously expecting to have access to their records at every healthcare institution them might encounter.

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  • Healthcare Can Close the Digital Divide

    by Gary Hamilton

    Smartphone technologies can advance patient engagement to the forefront of healthcare. And when coupled with portal apps, providers can “push” meaningful use critical communications directly to their patients.

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  • Technical Barriers Still Primary Cause for Lack of HIE Among Acute Care Hospitals

    by Gary Hamilton

    Although nearly all hospitals in the U.S. have the basic infrastructure to support HIE, the latest ONC Data Brief (No. 25, August 2015) reports that more than half of all hospitals admitted experiencing “technical barriers” to finding, sending and receiving data with other healthcare organizations and hospitals (AKA, exchange partners). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) identified Find, Send, Receive and Use in its “Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap” as the critical technical capabilities to accomplish true interoperability between acute and ambulatory healthcare settings. If we are to achieve nationwide interoperability, all electronic health record (EHR) systems must have all four of these capabilities. But they don’t.

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