Bridging The Gaps: How One HIE Is Uniting Communities to Improve Care

Chris Carmody, SVP, IS Department, UPMC & President, ClinicalConnect HIE

When a region’s leading healthcare providers come together to form a network to share information, millions of patients benefit. That is ultimately why a group of healthcare leaders came together to create ClinicalConnect HIE, western Pennsylvania’s first and largest health information exchange. The passage of the HITECH Act in 2009 was the primary force driving […]

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What Is Interoperability Anyway?

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

One of my most memorable experiences as an IT leader was working with a dissatisfied customer. I asked what requirements were unmet, what features were priorities, and what future state was desired. The answer was, “I’m not sure, but I know I’m not getting what I need.” The use of the term interoperability is being […]

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Interoperability And The Trough Of Disillusionment

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Every technology has an adoption journey. The classic Gartner Hype curve travels from a Technology Trigger to the Peak of Inflated Expectations followed by the Trough of Disillusionment. It often takes years before organizations reach the Slope of Enlightenment and finally achieve a Plateau of Productivity. Have you noticed that Congress and the popular press […]

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Five Ways To Accelerate Interoperability

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

[Below is a summary of comments I made yesterday at the HIT Standards Committee meeting. For more information on what was reviewed at meeting, click here.] We are in a time of great turmoil in healthcare IT policymaking. We have the CMS and ONC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Meaningful Use Stage 3, both of […]

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An Overview Of HIMSS15

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Interoperability is big at HIMSS in 2015. The challenge of patient identification and finding the location of patient records are important informatics problems to solve. I spoke to Surescripts and the CommonWell Health Alliance. Surescripts is piloting with 3 vendors and CommonWell is embraced by many vendors […]

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