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Blog posts tagged with connectivity

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • HL7 Workgroup seeks input to improve Clinical Exchange Document content

    George E Cole
    November 03, 2015

    Clinical Exchange Document (CED)™ is a term we use at Allscripts to cover the multitude of standards-based, XML-format documents that are interoperable in healthcare exchanges. To improve their “meaningful usefulness,” the HL7 Structured Document Workgroup launched a short survey, which will gather feedback from providers about what data is most relevant and pertinent to them. Read more…

  • Exploring data exchange in UPMC’s pediatric environment

    Martha Thorne
    October 27, 2015

    At a recent meeting for clients that use Allscripts population health solutions, we heard several success stories. Despite various outstanding achievements, many interoperability conversations started with, “We’re not as far along as UPMC, but…” A clear leader in interoperability, UPMC is a healthcare provider and insurer. To give a sense of the organization’s size and influence, UPMC operates more than 20 hospitals and 500 outpatient sites. Read more…

  • Interoperability is as simple as good communication

    Stanley Crane
    October 05, 2015

    Please don’t trouble yourself with newfangled words like “interoperability” or “bi-directional data exchange” – at the end of the day, it just means “communication.” To communicate, all you need to do is two things: 1. Deliver the message to the recipient and 2. Ensure the recipient can understand it. That’s it. If you can get the message from A to B (people or computer systems), in a language they can understand, you have communicated. It’s really that simple. Read more…

  • Importance of interoperability for Critical Access Hospitals

    Martha Thorne
    September 09, 2015

    About one in five Americans live in a rural community, and often their only healthcare options are Critical Access Hospitals. It’s vital for these organizations to overcome challenges common in rural healthcare delivery, such as distance, isolation and limited resources. North Country Hospital (Newport, Vermont, U.S.A.) is a Critical Access Hospital tucked into the far northeastern corner of Vermont, serving 22 communities across two counties. At a recent meeting for clients Read more…

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