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Webinar Recap: Investing for the Future:  The ONC and CMS Proposed Rules on Interoperability

Posted on 10/21/19 | Comments

The proposed rules on interoperability released earlier this year by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have generated a lot of industry chatter. More than 1,000 organizations submitted comments addressing the draft rules, which many believe are very ambitious in scope. While the two regulatory bodies have much to consider, one thing is certain: the final rules will create a new paradigm for health data management and governance in today’s healthcare organizations that is intended to improve interoperability and empower patients.

A recent webinar hosted by Health Data ManagementInvesting for the Future: The ONC & CMS Proposed Rules on Interoperability—explored the critical elements in the proposed rule and how they could impact payers, providers, and health IT vendors. Mark Fuchs, director of market research for Wolters Kluwer Health Language Solutions and Bob Hussey, founder and principal of RGH Health Consulting, LLC, reflected on the industry’s goals in advancing access to data and interoperability and the steps payers and providers can take to prepare and invest in their data today.

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Topics: medical data, semantic interoperability, interoperability, CMS, government, ONC, quality measure reporting, data blocking, proposed rules

Are You Allergic to Messy Data?

Posted on 08/21/19 | Comments

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Topics: semantic interoperability, data normalization, interoperability, mapping, quality reporting, Natural Language Processing, Machine learning, clinical decision support, quality measure reporting, value-based care, enabling interoperability

Webinar Recap: Leveraging AI to Solve Common Healthcare Challenges: Hear from the Experts

Posted on 08/07/19 | Comments

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Topics: semantic interoperability, data normalization, interoperability, mapping, quality reporting, Natural Language Processing, Reference Data Management, Machine learning, clinical decision support, quality measure reporting, value-based care, enabling interoperability, clinical natural language processing, patient risk, chart review, cnlp

Drugs Making a Mess of Your Data?

Posted on 07/31/19 | Comments

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Topics: semantic interoperability, data normalization, interoperability, mapping, quality reporting, Natural Language Processing, Machine learning, clinical decision support, quality measure reporting, value-based care, enabling interoperability

New Measures Increase Focus on Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 01/11/17 | Comments

National healthcare movements demand an interoperable framework for accurate data exchange across healthcare continuums. As value-based care continues to unfold, the industry at large remains focused on efforts to mature interoperability to support high-level quality initiatives aimed at improving population health and cutting costs.

For this reason, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently identified two metrics to support specific indicators of “widespread interoperability” in the industry. Developed in response to directives laid out by The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the new metrics are:

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Topics: semantic interoperability, MACRA

What is Semantic Interoperability?

Posted on 10/12/16 | Comments

Without semantic interoperability among disparate healthcare IT systems, sharing data in a useful way is impossible.

While a doctor knows that dropsy describes the same illness as congestive heart failure, a computer typically can’t make that type of distinction. Semantic interoperability, however, creates a common vocabulary that paves the way for accurate and reliable communication among computers.

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New MACRA Measures Sharpen Focus on Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 09/21/16 | Comments

 

Healthcare’s interoperability quest continues to mature, moving the industry closer to semantic interoperability—the highest level of information exchange as defined by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). ONC’s recent identification of two metrics to support specific indicators of “widespread interoperability” demonstrate this movement.

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Topics: semantic interoperability, MACRA

The Importance of Standardized Healthcare Terminology

Posted on 09/14/16 | Comments

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of leveraging administrative data for better quality assessment. As the wrap-up to this standards blog series, I want to look back at Crossing the Quality Chasm as a foundational work for improving the quality of healthcare delivery. This paper called not only for better quality but also for a reduction in the cost of that care--this at a time when the population is aging, technology is evolving, and research is rapidly expanding evidenced-based medicine. At least eight of the 13 recommendations made by the authors of Crossing the Quality Chasm directly involve the collection, aggregation, and actionable use of healthcare data. The remaining five are supporting those objectives through the development of committees that address quality care and reimbursement models, and in training the workforce to meet the increasing needs of an industry that is becoming more and more reliant on data and analytics.

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Topics: ICD-10, SNOMED, LOINC, RxNorm, semantic interoperability, billing, Administrative Data

How to Use Standardized Healthcare Terminologies to Meet Your Quality Care Goals

Posted on 07/06/16 | Comments

Terminology Standards Blog Series: Part 1

In the seminal work Crossing the Quality Chasm, published by the Institute of Medicine in 2001, there was a clear call to action for the U.S. healthcare system. This work has driven much of what we are seeing in healthcare information management today. Crossing the Quality Chasm called for healthcare to be safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. The argument was made that the adoption of information technology is critical to meeting these goals. I would agree.

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Topics: terminology, semantic interoperability, data normalization, quality reporting

A Banking Analogy that Explains Semantic Interoperability

Posted on 01/16/15 | Comments

Without semantic interoperability among disparate healthcare IT systems, sharing data in a useful way is impossible.

While a doctor knows that dropsy describes the same illness as congestive heart failure, a computer typically can’t make that type of distinction. Semantic interoperability, however, creates a common vocabulary that paves the way for accurate and reliable communication among computers.

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Topics: semantic interoperability