Tag Archives: interoperability

The federal government’s health IT priorities: What to watch

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Top federal officials on health information technology outlined their priorities for the sector in a press call this week.

The takeaway was that they would like to see less regulatory burden for providers and help foster information sharing among trusted health care entities. Continue reading

IT acronyms, trends that health journalists should understand

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

The Cleveland Clinic last month released its list of top 10 medical innovations for 2017. The annual list highlights technology most “expected to have the biggest impacts on the field in the coming year.”

Coming in at number six is something called “Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources,” better known as FHIR (pronounced “fire”), which aims to improve health information interoperability. It is scheduled to be released next year. Continue reading

Potential, implementation struggles of health IT highlighted at workshop

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Health information technology is fundamental to health care moving forward, said multiple speakers at the Journalism Workshop on Health Information Technology in San Francisco on Oct. 13 and 14.

“I view health IT as the circulatory system for health care,” said David Blumenthal, M.D., president of the Commonwealth Fund.

But Blumenthal and others said that now we are “struggling with the process” of realizing the full potential of health IT. Continue reading

A jumping-off point for reporting on hospital interoperability

Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Coinciding with its annual meeting, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a data brief on the state of interoperability for hospitals. It’s a great jumping-off point for journalists to ask questions about the ability of critical care providers in their communities to share information about patients.

The good news: Continue reading