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Interoperability in Healthcare: Are Anti-Competitive Forces Limiting Innovation and Patient Benefits?

According to a physician in Utah, Health Information Exchanges don't work very well yet. Dr. Raymond Ward, MD is a member of the Utah State Legislature.  "When I try to look up patients sometimes I find them via the HIE, sometimes I don't."  Dr. Ward is both a practicing physician and a passionate legislator for improvement [...]

Increasing Health Data Interoperability, BigData, Cloud, Exchange, ICD-10 Lay Foundation for Accountable Care

These are important foundations that enable ubiquitous digital health data in a standard interchange, enabling in-depth analysis and increasingly, Cloud and Software as a Service methods to deploy, store and use the information to improve healthcare. These in turn are important foundations to enable Accountable Care. ICD-10 is the new data standard that will express the condition of the patient and how providers get reimbursed.

5 Experts at San Diego Healthcare Innovation Summit April 17th at Scripps La Jolla

Experts to Review Electronic Health Care Innovation, Regulations and Mobile Health at Scripps, April 17th To register and for more information: http://bit.ly/SDHIS417 A group of companies will participate in a comprehensive discussion on the current and future state of health care reform and innovation on Wednesday, April. 17.  The companies include Qualcomm, the San Diego Health [...]

PPACA Supreme Court Hearings Coverage in Social Media Need Holistic View

If The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is repealed it will be interesting to see if it is repealed in whole or in part. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) may excise the individual mandate requiring health insurance coverage, or it could strike it down entirely.

Stage 2 Meaningful Use, Interoperability of EMRs and ICD-10. What is CMS, ONC and HIPAA Impact on Accountable Care Organizations?

One of the key questions will be how the EMR provides a foundation with the Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) for comparative effectiveness data over the life span of a patient (sometimes called the continuum of care) and whether CDA standards currently proposed will accomplish that. Informatics people call this "longitudinal clinical data."

ICD-10 Implementation – CMS Says “All States at High Risk”

Today at the WEDI ICD-10 Forum in Fairfax Virginia, Robert L. Guenther, Technical Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded that "All States are at high risk" in terms of their ability to complete CMS requirements at a state level to implement ICD-10. The key issue will focus not on technical, IT oriented approaches but on leadership

HIPAA 5010 Webinar Speakers Panel

On Monday, November 30th at 1pm ET Mike Arrigo, CEO of No World Borders, Inc. will be participating in a health care industry panel on health care, HIPAA 5010, electronic data standards and some specifics around implementing the EDI standard HIPAA 5010.   His talk will include An Introductory Overview of the HIPAA 5010 [...]

No World Borders Uses Twitter for Live Updates from Two Leading Health Care Conferences

Newport Beach, CA and Palm Springs, CA - November 10, 2009 - No World Borders today announced that it will be providing live updates online from the floor of both the Octane Medical Device Forum in Newport Beach, CA and at the Healthcare IT Summit in Palm Springs.  The conferences this year will focus on [...]

9/28/09 – Weekly Health Care Reform Update at the Federal and State Level

Week of September 28, 2009 The Senate Finance Committee wasted no time last week in wading through a seemingly endless number of amendments to its proposed health care reform legislation (see below). The committee turned aside a number of amendments, including attempts to avert cuts to the Medicare Advantage program to help pay for expanded [...]

Weekly Health care Reform Developments at the Federal and State level

With Congress now recessed for the summer, much attention has shifted to the home front where many Senators and Representatives are conducting town hall meetings to gauge public opinion toward health care reform. It has been widely reported that tempers have sometimes flared at these events.Federal Senate Finance Committee continued its health reform negotiations last [...]

The Health Care Payer Role in HIEs

Health Data Management had an interesting article in the June 2009 issue on the payer role in HIEs. The core philosophy of health information exchanges (HIEs) is to bring together industry stakeholders to facilitate the appropriate sharing of patient data throughout a community, region or state. Several steps need to be taken to create widespread [...]