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FHIR Standards Continue to Shape Health IT's Interoperability Progression

A little over a year ago, I took to this platform to discuss the basics of HL7’s fast healthcare interoperability resources, or FHIR. I extolled the virtues of these standards and how they were transforming healthcare’s reliance on disparate systems, creating a set of APIs that varying healthcare providers could use... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Interoperability

CMS Information Blocking Proposal Points the Way to the Future of Health IT

It’s time to give you the 411 on information blocking. (for anyone born after 1985: 411 was a number you dialed in order to get information about a business or person whose contact details you didn’t have. And it still works! Try it some time). At the beginning of February 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Interoperability, blog

Three Must-Haves for Turning Healthcare Data into Healthcare Policy

We’re awash in data. It’s on our phones, it’s saved on our computers, our networks. It’s in the cloud. In a relatively short period of time, we’ve gone from an analog world where data was exceedingly rare to an era where there’s literally more data available than humans could possibly process. There’s not much we do... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare IT, Interoperability, blog

Death of the Fax Machine: Three IT Challenges Standing in the Way of Fax's Ultimate Destruction

You can get almost any product in the world online. You can order food from your favorite restaurants on your phone. You can get psychiatric consultations, telehealth services and meet the love of your life by swiping right on the appropriate apps. But when it comes to transferring patient health information (PHI)... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Technology Solutions, Interoperability, Cybersecurity

The State of Interoperability In Healthcare

Even as the healthcare information technology (IT) field has made strides to facilitate cooperation between EHRs (electronic health records), it’s become abundantly clear that we still have a way to go to achieve anything approaching complete and total interoperability. Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Technology Solutions, Care Coordination Software, Interoperability

How to Give Your Patients EHR Access on Day of Discharge

Did you feel a chill go up your spine a couple weeks back? It may have been due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rolling out a new proposed rule for the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that has big ramifications for healthcare organizations around the country. Read More

by Justine Olsen in Care Transitions, Patient Discharge, Interoperability

Health IT Is On FHIR: Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources For Beginners

The health IT industry has been buzzing about FHIR (or fast healthcare interoperability resources -- pronounced “fire”) since it was introduced by Health Level Seven (HL7) as a proposed interoperability standard. HL7 is a not-for-profit organization that has been developing ANSI-accredited standards for hospital... Read More

by Luis Castillo in Healthcare Technology Solutions, Care Coordination Software, Interoperability

Three Ways Healthcare Can Get Its Interoperability Act Together

What were you doing in 2006? That’s when the American Health Information Management Association published an article on interoperability and noted that “Healthcare’s hottest topic finally has two things it has badly needed: plain language and a sense of urgency.” Ten years later and surely millions of pages of plain... Read More

by Patrick Yee in Healthcare IT, EHRs, Interoperability