Connecting healthcare systems and enabling interoperability between hospitals, physician offices, state information exchanges and the public health sector is crucial to safe, effective patient care.  The benefits of interoperability are numerous for both the patient,  provider and overall healthcare organization. 

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Summit Healthcare Announces Summit Care Exchange
New product joins the Summit Interoperability Product Suite Summit Express Connect and Summit Provider Exchange see new product releases
Summit Healthcare Announces Summit Care Exchange
New product joins the Summit Interoperability Product Suite Summit Express Connect and Summit Provider Exchange see new product releases
Pacific Alliance Medical Center Leverages Summit Healthcare's Express Connect Interface Engine
California based hospital sees significant ROI with implementation of integration technology
Pacific Alliance Medical Center Leverages Summit Healthcare's Express Connect Interface Engine
California based hospital sees significant ROI with implementation of integration technology
AHA argues against additional HIE requirements
The American Hospital Association (AHA) issued a letter arguing against greater HIE regulations.
Boston bombing highlights benefits, shortcomings of HIE systems, expert claims
Healthcare IT expert Marla Durben Hirsch noted that the medical response to the Boston Marathon bombing highlighted the benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), while also demonstrating the shortcomings of these systems as they currently exist.
More hospitals participating in meaningful use incentive programs
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report highlighting just how effective incentive programs have been in encouraging EHR use.
EHR replacement a complex but manageable process
As Kyle Murphy recently highlighted, replacing an EHR system is complex, but also manageable if organizations follow best practices.
Experts disagree over whether HIEs should be seen as public good or private enterprise
While the potential benefits to be gained via HIEs are widely acknowledged, there is significant disagreement among industry experts as to how exactly HIEs should be perceived and approached.
EMR markets reaches $20 billion
Evidence of the rise and spread of EMRs can be found in the recent report from Kalorama Information, which found that the EMR market has reached a new all-time high.
Improved device EHR interoperability could yield tremendous savings, report finds
As a recent report highlighted, EHR technology has the potential to yield great savings when combined with device interoperability.
Nurse insight critical for successful EHR deployments
Speaking at the HIMSS Nursing IT Symposium in New Orleans, Ann O'Brien recently asserted that it is particularly critical for care providers to pay attention to nurses' feedback to achieve EHR success.
EHR satisfaction down since 2010
A recent study found that EHR user satisfaction decreased between 2010 and 2012.
Training concerns hold back EHR implementation, study finds
Concern regarding EHR training for staff is preventing greater hospital use of EHR technology.
Increasing EHR adoption causing growth of speech recognition software
Growing EHR usage has led to growth and evolution within the speech recognition software market, thanks to physician demand
FAH adds to criticism of EHR clinical quality measures timeline
The FAH recently sent the CMS letter critical of EHR clinicalquality measure reporting standards.
Copy and paste errors diminish EHRs' accuracy and value
Hospitals should be wary of copy and pasting, which is common when it comes to EHRs.
NHS to mimic ACA's EHR provisions
Recently, the U.K.'s National Health Service NHS revealed that it will likely mimic the ACA to encourage the use of EHRs throughout the system.
Two healthcare systems achieve HIMSS Stage 7
Recently, two health systems - the UC Davis Medical Center and University of Missouri Health Care - were honored with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award, Healthcare IT News reported.
iPad mini could fuel mobile health spending
Mobile health has been an active emerging trend, with many physicians finding themselves interested in using smartphones and tablets to get the job done more effectively.
Interoperability achievable but challenges remain
Despite the widespread discussion of the trend, at least one industry observer says the goal of true and effective interoperability is still a good distance away.
HIE permission issues point to broad engagement problems
EHR solutions have become a prominent player in the healthcare industry and are now used by the majority of hospitals.
Technological innovation fuels patient safety goals for Hallmark Health
The Leapfrog Group recently recognized Meditech customer the Hallmark Health System (HHS) as having practices that support patient safety measures.
Teamwork plays vital role in EHR advances
Hospitals working to enlist advanced health IT solutions to streamline operations and improve care often get the best results through effective teamwork and collaboration.
IT costs rise as ACO model takes hold
Accountable Care Organizations are established to use advanced technologies, data and other solutions to equip clinical staff with the knowledge they need to provide better care to patients.
Usability becoming a focal point in EHR landscape
In some cases, a hospital will devote resources to implementing a new electronic health record system only to find out that the solution is disliked by clinical staff because it is not user friendly.
Mobility to play key role in future of EHRs
Hospitals around the country have spent the past few years switching from paper-based records management systems or basic EHRs to more robust electronic health records solutions that provide a major boost to patient care.
Interoperability becoming a priority in healthcare
Hospitals and other care organizations are increasingly focusing on interoperability as they work to implement advanced EHR systems.
Patient privacy emerging as key component in health IT strategies
The past few years have witnessed a rapid shift in the healthcare IT climate, enabling hospitals to revolutionize the way they care for patients through policies and practices that allow them to store patient data electronically and access it through a diverse range of devices.
Accountable care attributes becoming essential to EHR success
The rapid rise of EHR systems throughout the healthcare administration landscape has created an environment of innovation throughout the greater market.
Data management becoming critical in healthcare
Hospitals and physician offices have always had to deal with a great deal of information as they accumulated details about an individual's health over the course of his or her lifetime.
Most EHR users happy with results, study finds
Last year, the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which focused on office-based care providers, found approximately 57 percent of respondents were using electronic health record systems at the time.
EHR adoption hitting plateau, but innovation coming
Electronic health record systems have been central to government health reform efforts, creating an environment in which significant investments in new EHRs have taken place.
Virtual consultations becoming possible through EHR innovation
The rise of electronic health records has already begun to revolutionize patient care, but some of the innovative care elements offered by health IT advances could be coming sooner than many expected.
Better data extraction is possible
There is a pressing need in the healthcare industry to make key patient data available to a variety of stakeholders.
EHRs present steep learning curve, but are worth it
Hospital implementations of EHR systems have been coming along for a while, but the technology is also becoming more important in physician offices, clinics and similar settings.
Malpractice suits decline when physicians use EHRs, study finds
The operational and patient care benefits of EHRs have been clearly documented from a theoretical perspective.
ROI may need to be focus for some health IT projects
In most cases, health IT projects are designed to deliver care and efficiency gains that will help hospitals improve patient treatment in both direct and indirect ways.
New HIE coming to Chicago
The Metropolitan Healthcare Council Chicago will soon begin working with a number of technology providers to develop a project that will lead to the creation of the largest metropolitan health information exchange in the United States.
Battle of clinical quality measures being waged throughout healthcare
Physicians, industry organizations and other healthcare representatives are increasingly fighting the clinical quality measures involved in Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards, EHR Intelligence reported.
Mobile devices could soon play larger healthcare role
Hospitals are still finding the best ways to implement EHRs and tap into the technology's full potential.
EHR benefits come from processes, not just technology
In the past year, a number of key studies have come out evaluating the results of EHR investments on patient care.
Vendor relationships need to be considered in healthcare IT
A chasm is developing between some software vendors and clients in healthcare IT. The core goals of software makers and hospitals are so different that it can be difficult for good partnerships to develop in the industry, Health Data Management reported.
EHR advances could enable P4P care models
Payment for performance (P4P) care models are emerging as a popular option for hospitals because they allow organizations to pay physicians based on their actual performance instead of through a set service fee.
EHRs already having a real-world impact
The theoretical benefits of EHR implementation are considerable, as the technology can eliminate redundant testing, limit overtreatment, eliminate undertreatment, streamline care processes and engage patients in the clinical experience.
HIEs becoming more popular, but questions still loom
The health information exchange market has considerable potential.
EHR adoption accelerating
While studying the vendor options for EHRs designed to support small physician offices, IDC Health Insights uncovered important data on EHR adoption as a whole.
Cultural change central to health IT innovation
Implementing new health IT systems, especially EHR infrastructure, is highly dependent on a cultural shift.
Governance has to be considered in ACOs
Accountable care organizations have been rising on the wings of IT advances, such as healthcare system integration, and a growing desire to improve patient care by capitalizing on technology and procedural advances.
iPad becoming prominent in healthcare
Apple's iPad is beginning to emerge as an important device in the healthcare industry, as physicians embrace mobile technologies and the operational gains they provide.
Many hospitals concerned about complying with new EHR standards
The healthcare industry has made huge strides in EHR deployment during the past few years, and countless hospitals, clinics and physician offices are excited about the potential of the technology.
Handle health IT strategically, expert says
Healthcare solutions that use technology to improve hospital efficiency and patient care have the potential to solve many of the problems in the U.S. medical industry.
IT is one area where hospitals are spending
The economy is recovering. However, it is doing so at a pace that has left many healthcare organizations struggling to expand their budgets beyond where they were during the recession.
Technology changing face of the healthcare industry
The need to implement IT systems to support ongoing healthcare operations has been apparent for a while.
EHR refinement becoming critical
Getting healthcare organizations to upgrade from paper record systems to EHRs has been challenging, but government support has led to rapid innovation.
HIPAA changes on the horizon
The final omnibus version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act has hit the final stretch of its development.
Productivity needs to be considered when making health IT investments
Many healthcare organizations have been pushing forward somewhat blindly in terms of IT spending, as the core focus of the industry has been on effectiveness and efficiency, ignoring productivity, Health Data Management reported.
Small practices catching up in EHR adoption
During the early days of EHR, the technology was only really within the reach of large medical practices, primarily hospitals and major clinics.
Device diversity becoming key part of healthcare interoperability
The current device climate in the medical sector is creating major interoperability and healthcare system integration challenges.
Interoperability needs to go beyond meaningful use
The ONC's recent updates to Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards are putting the emphasis on interoperability, as data sharing between various healthcare solutions is becoming integral to the long-term success of electronic health record systems.
EHRs will be predominant by 2013, expert says
Speaking at the recent HIMSS conference in Las Vegas, Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, told audiences that more than half of all medical care within the country will be performed with the assistance of EHR systems.
New meaningful use standards bring few surprises
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the standards that healthcare providers must match if they are to achieve level two of meaningful use.