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New Articles: Interoperability; Information Blocking

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New Articles: Interoperability; Information Blocking

Two new articles written by Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN, have been published in the most recent (Fall 2015 - just published now) issue of the HIMSS Journal of Health Informatio ...

Two new articles written by Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN, have been published in the most recent (Fall 2015 – just published now) issue of the HIMSS Journal of Health Information Management:

  1. The Interoperability of Things is an essay about the state of health data interoperability in the US and it grew largely out Dr. Arzt’s experience working on the ONC Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.
  2. Fighting Information Blocking in the Emerging Learning Health System is a feature article offering perspectives on the emerging issue of “information blocking.”

Reflecting on Past Technology Predictions

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Reflecting on Past Technology Predictions

I recently came upon two pieces I had written on technology trends in the distant past. The first was written for the strategic technology plan of a major US research university. I ...

I recently came upon two pieces I had written on technology trends in the distant past. The first was written for the strategic technology plan of a major US research university. I wrote this piece based on a set of campus forums, vendor presentations, literature review, and just pure speculation. One of my favorite lines: “While it’s too soon to tell how the race to wire America will end, it’s possible that we’ll all be watching our telephones and answering our televisions by the end of the decade as the boundaries between phones, TVs, and computers begin to disintegrate.” That was in 1993.

Patient Matching and HIE: Do We Even Have a Strategy?

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Patient Matching and HIE: Do We Even Have a Strategy?

Accurate patient matching continues to be a challenge in healthcare, especially in an HIE environment (see my earlier HIMSS posting). No simple solution appears to be at hand. The ...

Accurate patient matching continues to be a challenge in healthcare, especially in an HIE environment (see my earlier HIMSS posting). No simple solution appears to be at hand. The issue is also inextricably linked to issues of patient identity which are also difficult to solve at our current level of technology. Several approaches have emerged, however, which do not yet seem to be converging. I would characterize the major approaches as follows:

New ONC Report: Key Considerations for HIE-based Personal Health Records

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New ONC Report: Key Considerations for HIE-based Personal Health Records

In September 2015 ONC released a new report based on the activities of the HIE Personal Health Record (PHR) Community of Practice. The information is interesting and relevant to II ...

In September 2015 ONC released a new report based on the activities of the HIE Personal Health Record (PHR) Community of Practice. The information is interesting and relevant to IIS as they contemplate patient/consumer access to their systems.

HLN has also done some work in this area (see bottom of this page).

Meaningful Use Lives On!

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Meaningful Use Lives On!

The controversial report of the demise of CMS EHR Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use (MU) were greatly exaggerated. The confusion began with a statement (now removed) that CMS A ...

The controversial report of the demise of CMS EHR Incentive Programs and Meaningful Use (MU) were greatly exaggerated. The confusion began with a statement (now removed) that CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt made at a healthcare conference on January 11, 2016. He was discussing the changes coming in the next few years to the Medicare program under MACRA, the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Among other things, Mr. Slavitt said, “Now that we effectively have technology into virtually every place care is provided, we are now in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation. The Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.”