Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority awards millions to support HIO interoperability

The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority has awarded almost $3.8 million in grants to help connect hospitals, ambulatory practices and long-term care/post-acute care providers to the Authority's Pennsylvania Patient and Provider Network, known as P3N. 

'Trigger tool' identifies harm caused to hospitalized patients

A new trigger tool can help identify adverse events in pediatric inpatients, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

ONC must take 'multi-pronged approach' to measuring interoperability, AMIA says

The American Medical Informatics Association says measuring interoperability will require a "multi-pronged approach" from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in a letter to agency head Karen DeSalvo.

Docs: Laws are hindering patient access to records

The increased use of electronic health records and other technology provides patients with more access to their medical information, but several legal issues are creating obstacles that should be re-examined, according to a viewpoint published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

HHS issues guidance to clarify Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act

Providers who have been trying to shield patient records from view by hiding behind the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act can no longer do so with the release of guidance clarifying the law's requirements. 

Patient-centered outcome info can be pulled from EHR free text

The data in electronic health records can be mined to pull patient-centered outcome information from unstructured narrative text, according to an article in eGEMS (generating evidence and methods to improve patient outcomes). 

EHRs help detect inpatients at imminent risk of dying

Electronic health records can help identify hospitalized patients at risk of death, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine.

Researchers: OpenNotes strengthens patient-doctor relationships

Transparency via the OpenNotes initiative is creating stronger patient-physician relationships in the face of concern that note sharing might be offensive to patients, new research shows.

The FDA's draft guidance on EHRs and clinical trials needs more meat

We may finally see more streamlined approval of new drugs and devices, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest effort to push researchers to use electronic health records in clinical trials--draft guidance published this week regarding how to use EHRs as a source of data. Still, the draft guidance is pretty skimpy and raises questions that must be answered.

LaVerne Council: VA to roll out health management platform 'over next two years'

Long in the works, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it soon will begin rolling out its enhanced Enterprise Health Management Platform, which VA CIO LaVerne Council calls "a major cornerstone of our modernization efforts."

DirectTrust adds new members, continues 'steady growth'

DirectTrust continues to enjoy "steady" growth, adding eight new members to its network since the beginning of the year and bringing total membership to 146 organizations. The new members include health services providers, health IT companies, and companies providing healthcare-related mobile apps.

ONC API task force recommendations narrowly approved; provider blocking an issue

The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy and Standards Committees on Tuesday approved recommendations from the agency's application programming interface task force, but narrowly and only after much debate.

FDA issues draft guidance on use of EHRs in clinical investigations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance regarding the collection and use of electronic health record data in clinical trials.

EHR data can provide real time, regional flu surveillance

The data in electronic health records can be harnessed to better predict, in near real-time, regional estimates of flu outbreaks in the U.S., according to recent research.

Slashing funds for HIE access may actually prove more costly

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon last week vetoed a $500,000-line item from the state budget that would have funded data sharing between the state's department of social services and its health information exchange, Missouri Health Connection. At the same time, new research reports that easy data sharing between New York City's immunization registry and clinicians' EHRs "significantly" improved the vaccination rates of children.

At first glance these two news items don't have much in common. But they do; we're talking about Medicaid.

ONC's Rebecca Freeman: Include nurses in EHR implementation

Nurses are part of the success of electronic health records and must be part of their implementation process, according to Rebecca Freeman, chief nursing officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Feasibility of EHRs to measure adolescent care quality 'remains unfulfilled'

It currently is not very feasible to use electronic health records to measure quality in adolescent well care, according to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Missouri governor nixes funding to help behavioral health docs connect to HIE

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a line item veto of $500,000 from the state budget that would have funded connections between the state's Department of Social Services and its health information exchange, Missouri Health Connection.

Yale researchers develop technology to expand patient access to records, research participation

Yale School of Medicine researchers have created a new health IT platform that will improve patients' access to their electronic health records and their participation in research studies.

Integrating EHRs with vaccine registries improves accuracy of pediatric immunizations

The exchange of vaccination data between a city immunization registry and clinicians' electronic health records resulted in "significant" improvements in pediatric immunization coverage, according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics.