We have an opportunity in the electronic world to provide more relevance to the exchange of clinical data and to ask ourselves questions such as, “What information should be pulled from other healthcare organizations?” and “When does ‘old’ become ‘too old’?”
A closer look at EHR use in zoos reveals HIM professionals and zoo veterinarians have more in common than they might expect might—and could even have something to learn from their practices.
A focus on “what we have in common” to achieve interoperable health information exchange in the US was the message David R. Hunt, MD, FACS, medical director, health IT adoption and patient safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provided during an update on ONC’s efforts at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC) in Baltimore, MD on Monday.
Building on its status as having one of the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates in the US, North Dakota recently announced the launch of its statewide health information exchange (HIE). North Dakota’s Health Information Technology Director Sheldon Wolf has been working with other state officials to develop the HIE for over four years. Wolf hopes to see quality of care improvements and lowered costs within a year of the HIE’s launch.
The promise of the newly formed nonprofit was detailed during Monday’s general session, with an overview of the challenges providers face in terms of health information exchange and the solution proposed by the CommonWell Health Alliance.
Also at Monday’s general session, AHIMA presented the family of AHIMA’s late President Kathleen Frawley, who died in June, with two awards to honor her service to AHIMA.