HIPAA Omnibus Rule Takes Effect Today – Compliance Date is September 23, 2013

Try to remember . . . that come September the HIPAA Omnibus regulation will be in full effect. It technically takes effect today, but the compliance date is 180 days out. This means that you still have time to get your act together, to figure out how the new rules affect your operations and your business […]

Electronic Exchange of Lab Results: A social-media-prompted response to the ONC RFI on interoperability

The final question posed in the recent request for information posted by ONC reads as follows: What specific HHS policy changes would significantly increase standards based electronic exchange of laboratory results? Keith Boone, aka @motorcycle_guy, self-proclaimed GE standards geek and fellow member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, blogged about his thoughts on the subject in […]

ONC releases RFI on catalyzing interoperability of EHRs at HIMSS13

Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the release of an ONC RFI at HIMSS today, entitled "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange," in order to identify ways in which ONC may accelerate interoperability of EMRs without any additional statutory or regulatory authority. Per the summary of the ONC RFI: HHS seeks input on […]

Interoperability Unbound: CommonWell Health Alliance unveiled at HIMSS

Today, six EHR companies announced their formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance to promote seamless interoperability of electronic health records. From the presser: Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth announced today the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that […]