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  • Israel: A case study in national connectivity for better health

    Martha Thorne
    February 02, 2017

    The desire to aggregate patient information from disparate sources, do it quickly and present it in a way that made sense to caregivers gave rise to the Ofek Network, powered by the Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution, across Clalit Health Services (Tel Aviv, Israel). Featured in a new case study, this health network connects multiple organizations and disparate systems that serve Israel’s 8.3 million residents. Read more…

  • Multiple integration projects: One open API

    Tina Joros
    January 06, 2017

    New care models require health IT infrastructure that can interact with multiple solutions, devices and applications in a more streamlined, scalable and efficient way. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can help create a successful health IT ecosystem. NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP), a nonprofit university hospital based in New York City, started using open APIs to achieve interoperability in 2014. Read more…

  • 5 tips for interoperability success in the "merger mania" era

    Martha Thorne
    December 08, 2016

    The shift to value-based care has caused a number of mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, prompting experts to call 2016 the year of “merger mania” in health care. While these strategies offer benefits and economies of scale, they also introduce new challenges when it comes to integrating clinical data. Read more…

  • Working Together: Our best option to improve C-CDA Content

    George E Cole Jr
    December 01, 2016

    Most people have heard of HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Connectathon events, as well as IHE North America and European Connectathon events, which focus on testing the interoperability of solutions. But did you know that one of the most important content efforts – improving C-CDA® (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) documents – is also underway? Read more…

  • 5 interoperability findings you should know

    Martha Thorne
    September 28, 2016

    Everyone understands that an open, collaborative approach will help us achieve the promise of interoperability. But to shape successful efforts, it’s important to take a step back and look at available research on interoperability. What does the evidence tell us about factors that will lead to population health success? Read more…

  • Want to improve shared C-CDA content? Try the new scorecard

    George E Cole
    August 16, 2016

    Across the Healthcare IT industry, from providers to software developers, and even into the U.S. Senate, we continue to hear that the content of shared Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) documents, in spite of improved guides and constraints, are not meaningfully useful. There continues to be wide divergence of documents across the vendor and provider communities. For example we have heard: Read more…

  • Pop Health Forum discussions offer hopeful outlook for interoperability

    Martha Thorne
    July 12, 2016

    At the 2016 Pop Health Forum, healthcare providers delved into one of the industry’s most pressing issues: How do we meet demand on the fee-for-service side while simultaneously controlling risk on the value-based-care side? Allscripts Vice President of Solutions Management Jim Bresee helped address that question in this video: Read more…

  • Canadian health authority begins accessing provincial clinical data

    Jennifer MacGregor
    February 17, 2016

    Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) uses multiple clinical systems to deliver patient care to more than 1.6 million patients annually. Connectivity across care settings is important, as is connecting with provincial repositories of clinical data. Fraser Health recently used Allscripts dbMotion™ Solution to achieve a milestone in its progress toward better connectivity. As of January 2016, Fraser Health clinicians can query the Provincial Laboratory Information Read more…

  • Preparing for interoperability? More information you need to know about FHIR

    George E Cole
    February 09, 2016

    How does FHIR relate to the API requirement for 2015 certification? To achieve 2015 certification, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) requires EHRs to be able to retrieve patient data using APIs. ONC did not specify FHIR as a requirement for the API certification, categorizing FHIR in the 2016 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory as piloted with low adoption. However, ONC’s documentation reflects FHIR in its phrasing and direction, so it’s clear that ONC is generally supportive of the evolving standard. Read more…

  • Q&A: A beginner’s guide to FHIR 1

    George E Cole Jr
    January 06, 2016

    Interest in FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) is growing as the standard for exchanging healthcare information takes shape. What is it and what will it mean for healthcare providers? Here are some frequently asked questions and answers. Read more…

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