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Health Plans - Are You Ready for the New CMS Interoperability Rules?

Posted on 04/29/20 | Comments

What is the ONC Cures Act Final Rule and the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule?

On March 9th the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two rules focused on interoperability.

The ONC Cures Act Final Rule’s purpose is to support ‘seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information.’  This rule is focused on defining the requirements for certified Health IT Products used by providers, but also has important information blocking provisions targeted at providers, developers of certified health technology, payers, and other health information networks.


Topics: Healthcare interoperability, interoperability, CMS, ONC, proposed rules

Empowering the Patient: Big Data and the Rise of DIY Healthcare

Posted on 05/06/13 | Comments

A tsunami of big data, and the evolving methods of making all that data meaningful and useful, has huge potential for changing the way we deliver and consume healthcare services.


Topics: ICD-10, medical terminology management, Healthcare interoperability

Understanding HL7 and its Fit with Meaningful Use

Posted on 03/01/13 | Comments


While Meaningful Use is on everyone’s mind, semantic interoperability may be an unfamiliar concept. Semantic interoperability, medical vocabulary, Meaningful Use, LOINC ®, and HL7 might seem even more of an alphabet soup.  How do all these pieces fit together and how does it help my organization?

Healthcare is complex. The ability to exchange diverse clinical information generated during delivery of healthcare is essential to ensuring continuity of care and patient safety.  Electronic exchange of information can occur

  • between providers
  • between providers and patients
  • between organizations
  • between care settings


Topics: Meaningful use, Medical vocabulary, LOINC, HL7, Healthcare interoperability