|Delay In Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10
On Tuesday, April 1, President Barack Obama signed
the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014," HR
4302. The U.S. Senate passed it on March 31 and
the House passed the bill in a voice vote on March 27. Section 212 of
the law will delay the conversion to ICD-10 by one year.
Who Stole U.S. Healthcare Interop?
The health data chaos we have today doesn't allow for interoperability,
portability or mobility. It’s why fax machines remain the "lingua
franca" of U.S. healthcare. Every healthcare entity in the U.S. sees
each patient, event and location as unique to them. For lack of a
single identifier, there’s no easy or cost-effective way to coordinate
Forum on eHealth Standardization and
The World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the Joint Inter-Ministerial
Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on
eHealth Standardization and Interoperability from February 10-11, 2014
at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Click on the headline above
to download the final report
and other conference documents.
Healthcare Leaders Set to Invest Big in
Interoperability in 2014
A recent survey
conducted by HIMSS Media on behalf of Philips Healthcare reveals that
healthcare leaders will focus health information technology (HIT)
investments in 2014 on interoperability, mobile connectivity and
technologies that drive real-time actionable information at the point
More Medical Interoperability Could Lead to
Big Savings in U.S.
Medical interoperability could be a source of more than $30 billion a
year in savings and improve patient care and safety, according to a new
paper released by the Gary and Mary West Health
Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health
Information Technology (ONC).
Stop - HIMSS14
|HIMSS14 Photo Highlights
The HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition brought more than 38,000
healthcare professionals to Orlando for learning and networking. Check
out some HIMSS14
Personal Connected Health Alliance Announced
HIMSS Board Chair and Partners HealthCare deputy CIO Scott MacLean
revealed a new collaboration between the Continua Health Alliance,
HIMSS and the mHealth Summit. Personal
Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) will focus on
linking consumers with interoperable, personalized health solutions
that meet their lifestyle needs
Summary of New Interoperability Symposium
and Other Highlights from HIMSS14
The HIMSS Interoperability
& Standards (I&S) Committee
Chair, Dr. Keith Salzman provides an overview of the new
Interoperability Pre-conference Symposium and highlights other key
events at HIMSS14. His key takeaway from HIMSS14 is that we are in this
together and need to collaborate to move forward. Interoperability is
becoming both possible and a focus of the healthcare community.
HL7 Sponsored I&S Committee Panel --
FHIR®: The Future of Interoperability - Now Available!
HL7 CEO, Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, moderates a panel of interoperability
and standards experts during the HIMSS14
Interoperability & Standards Committee Networking Breakfast.
Designed with a focus on simplicity and ease of implementation, Fast
Health Interoperability Standard (FHIR) is an exciting new addition to
the HL7 standards platform. HL7 has made this 60 minute video of the
panel presentation available for a limited time.
ONC Chiefs Compare Notes on Past Decade
At CCHIT's "The Decade of Health IT" Summit at HIMSS14, four national
coordinators looked back on their experiences working to drive
healthcare information technology adoption over the past 10 years.
Hillary Wows the HIMSS Crowd
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not disappoint
while speaking at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition Feb. 26.
|IHE USA 2014 Cycle Certification Program
The first products tested at the North American Connectathon have
achieved 2014 Cycle IHE USA Certification. See the IHE
USA Certified Product Directory for detailed
information on the specific products, versions, and certification
criteria. Certification of these products to select IHE
profiles will give purchasers of the health IT
products additional independent, third-party assurance that the product
has been tested and exhibits interoperable capabilities for optimal
data exchange and security.
Debrief on IHE Domain Volume One Meeting
The IHE Domain Volume One Meeting took place in Vienna, Austria from
February 10-24. The purpose of the meeting was to plan for and finalize
the business requirements, use cases and whitepapers needed for
upcoming public comment publication. There was an abundance of great
debate and conversation about each of the S&I work products.
(See Page 2 of the
S&I Framework March 2014 Newsletter for
Infusion Interoperability Workshop at the
HIMSS Innovation Center -New
On August 20-21, IHE USA and CareFusion will present a 1 1/2 day workshop
at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland focused on the hot topic of
advancing interoperability of infusion devices and technology (e.g.,
intravenous therapy pumps) at the bedside. Integrating the Healthcare
Enterprise (IHE) has developed integration profiles utilizing standard
communication protocols to enable data from infusion pumps to be
transferred and updated in an electronic medical record. Attendees will
gain critical best practices and learn from industry
leaders/organizations about their successes in achieving infusion
Save the Date! IHE
Plans are underway for the rescheduled IHE World Summit entitled,
Building Bridges to Better Health, Health IT Standards
& Interoperability in a Global Context which will be
held in Chicago, Illinois from September 11-13, 2014.
|HIMSS Response to Voluntary CEHRT Criteria
HIMSS is rapidly working on its response to the ONC published notice of
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that includes proposals for the next edition
of the certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) criteria.
Comments are due no later than April 28, 2014. For more information,
see the HIMSS fact sheet on the
GAO Recommends CMS and ONC Increase Focus on
On March 25, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a
report, Electronic Health Records: HHS Strategy to Address Information
Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones.
Health IT Standards Committee Discusses
The Health IT Standards Committee held its 55th public meeting on March
26th, discussing ONC standards and interoperability initiatives, 2015
edition certification and Meaningful Use Stage 3.
HIMSS Overview of Federal HIT Regulations
This HIMSS overview provides a snapshot of the US Federal Government
Regulatory Activity most relevant to Health IT.
HSR Releases REC Study
A study of the Health IT Regional Extension Center (REC) Program was
released by Health Services Research. The study assessed the program’s
progress towards the goal of supporting over 100,000 providers in
small, rural, and underserved practices to achieve meaningful use of
EHRs. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has
arranged for open
access to the study for a limited time.
FDA Issues Proposed Rule on Classifying
On Tuesday, March 25, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published
a proposed rule to amend its regulations around how the agency
classifies and reclassifies medical devices based on the applicable
provisions in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation
Act (FDASIA) of 2012.
|Join the HIMSS Health Story Project
If you are a HIMSS Member, join the HIMSS Health Story Project first
Roundtable meeting on Monday, April 7, 2014
from 4-5 p.m. ET, 3-4 p.m. CT, 1-2 p.m. PT. To learn more about the
Project or to speak with a HIMSS staff member, please contact email@example.com.
HIMSS/NCPDP April 10 Webinar on New Standard
for Electronic Prior Authorization
Attend Part 3 of the Pharmacy Informatics Town Hall Series on the new
National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) standard for
electronic prior authorization (ePA). The standard provides one of the
most desired ePrescribing workflow capabilities using EHRs. The event
will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014
at 12 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. CT, 9 a.m. PT. Register
Seeks Abstracts on ACOs, HIEs and Payment Models
The HIMSS Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM)
has opened an abstracts call for its summer 2014 issue on accountable
care organizations, health information exchange
and new payment models. The abstracts should include a working title
and a 250-word synopsis. Submissions due no later than Monday,
Speakers: Government Health IT Conference
The 2014 Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition which is
being held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
in Washington, DC from June 17-18 is currently accepting presenter proposals. Proposals should be free of commercial bias and should
include only one or two speakers. The deadline for proposals is Monday,
April 7. For questions or more information, contact Kerry
Physician Podcast: The Nuts and Bolts of
Achieving HIPAA Security Rule Compliance
Download a podcast produced by the AMA
to listen to a risk assessment discussion between Dr. Salvatore Volpe,
a solo physician practitioner, and Lee Kim, BS, JD, Director, Privacy
and Security at HIMSS. The podcast has been approved for 1 CME Credit.
From Syntactic and Semantic to Pragmatic Interoperability in Healthcare
By Chuck Webster, MD, MSIE, MSIS
So, what the heck is pragmatic interoperability? "Pragmatic
interoperability (PI) is the compatibility
between the intended versus the actual effect of message exchange." The
best current practical candidate for achieving pragmatic
interoperability is workflow technology.
How Is Uneven HIE Adoption Affecting Population Health?
With Pamela Arora, CIO Children’s Medical Center
As a 2013 HIMSS Davies Award and Stage 7 hospital under the HIMSS
Analytics EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM), expectations are already high for
Children’s Medical Center, and linking to HIEs ranks high on Pamela
Arora’s list of priorities for the coming year as her organization
attempts to implement a model of accountable care for its pediatric
population in Texas.
Difficulties Aligning HIE Stakeholders
By Chad Johnson
While the information in the report does illustrate the high level of
skepticism about public HIEs, it should not be used as an indictment
for all HIEs. There are many HIEs that have proven to be financially
viable and have created high value for member organizations. Chad
Johnson, Communications Manager for Corepoint, suggests that over the
next few years the marketplace will likely weed out the HIEs that have
not solved the important interoperability details.
Physician Engagement with HIE
With Joe Heyman and Dan Paoletti
Download a podcast produced by the AMA
Listen to Dr. Joe Heyman, former Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees and
former President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Dan
Paoletti, VP and CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP)
discuss the importance of physician engagement with health information
exchange. Specific attention is given to the benefits for both
physicians and their practices; challenges to overcome, including
recommendations for physicians with no access to an HIE organization;
and requirements for participation.
ANSI Focusing on Standards Incorporated by Reference
By S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American
National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The issue of standards incorporated by reference (IBR-ed) into federal
legislation continues to be at the forefront of our community’s
attention. And 2014 has already seen an increased level of discussion
and activity among the private sector, in Congress and in the executive
branch in an effort to address concerns about the "reasonable
availability" of IBR-ed standards and their copyright protection.
Technology Will Drive Care Improvement
With Judy Murphy, ONC Deputy National Coordinator
She talks about ONC's primary goal in 2014: the state of
interoperability and information exchange standards.
*The views expressed in the above
Interoperability Interchange opinion section are those of the authors
and do not necessarily reflect the views of HIMSS.
Releases New Design Guidelines
Standards organization, Continua Health Alliance made available its
most recent 2014 design guidelines. To request a free copy of the
guidelines, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard to Improve eHealth Interoperability
Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency
focusing on the information and communication technologies, has offered
its first stage approval to an important standard enabling an exchange
of multimedia health data between health provider, a controlling
function and patient. The new standard will enable different eHealth
systems to smoothly exchange patient health data in both low- and
high-resource settings, making it ideal for applications in both
developed and developing countries.
National Pilot Program Outcomes Report
The HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program was an industry-wide
healthcare collaborative which was established to minimize the guess
work related to ICD-10 testing and to learn best practices from early
Check out the Healthcare IT News on-line resource for interoperability
videos, white papers, case studies, and webinars.
HIEs Join Fores
Two Midwest health information exchanges, Tiger Institute Health
Alliance and Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now able to
share the data of 2.5 million patients across Missouri and Kansas.
EHR-Adopting State Launches HIE
The state boasting one of the highest electronic health record adoption
rates in the nation has officially launched its statewide HIE.
EHR-Adopting State Launches HIE
Federal HITECH Act funding for the HIE runs out by July 2014; Event
Notification Service (ENS) was built as part of a sustainability plan
that includes providers and insurers paying fees for HIE services.
However, only insurers pay for the new notification alerts.
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