It pains me to say it, but Minnesota's done it again.
As sharing of electronic health information becomes standard across all care settings, using technology may become a prerequisite for providers to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a newly released government strategy document.
Benedictine Health System has been awarded an e-Health Connectivity Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, MDI Achieve announced. This grant will be used to enable data exchange between BHS Participating Organization's EHR, MatrixCare, and Epic Systems, the EHR of their hospital partner for this grant, Allina Health
ICA will launch a HIT Me Blog. The blog that will address issues facing healthcare, health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE). Initial blogs include discussions on vendor collaboration to improve interoperability; an overview of HIMSS12 in Las Vegas; comment and analysis on why ICD10 has stalled and a discussion suggesting why; how interoperability could end client server electronic medical record (EMR) deployments; how "mega-change" is needed for HIEs to flourish, and an overview of the interoperability showcase at HIMSS12. Future blogs will include discussions on clinical communications, patient engagement, patient centricity, privacy vs. utility, managing "Big Data" in health IT, the seamless managing of transitions of care, care coordination and patient collaboration, clinical analytics, care collaboration, mobile health and more.
To enhance facility communications with other providers and vendors while improving patient care, one of the most important information technology considerations must be interoperability. There are varying degrees of sophistication for both vendors and providers. If the right level isn't reached, caregiving and facility efficiency could suffer.
Many state Medicaid directors worry that implementing healthcare information exchanges (HIE) will sap money from already diminishing Medicaid funds, according to speakers at the recent Health Information Management Systems Society gathering in Atlanta.