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HIMSS, EHRA urge ONC to tap existing models for Trusted Exchange Framework

Two health IT groups are calling for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to use existing private sector interoperability models as the agency finalizes guidelines for trusted data exchange.

The ONC is currently developing a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement required under the 21st Century Cures Act to facilitate health data interoperability. The agency already kicked off the initiative with a stakeholder meeting on July 24, and officials have asked stakeholders to submit comments on the framework by Friday, Aug. 25.

EHR Vendors Urge ONC to Build on Existing Standards for Exchange Framework

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), which represents 30 electronic health record (EHR) companies, urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to build on existing standards and technology for interoperability, rather than introducing major mid-course changes, with regard to its work on the 21st Century Cures Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement.

VA to Share DoD Health System

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to move its health records to the same system used by the Pentagon. VA would adopt the Pentagon’s electronic records system, known as MHS Genesis, acquired by DoD in 2015. Fairchild AFB, Wash., is the first military hospital to use it with more hospitals expected to start this year.

What ONC is Asking Itself

Anybody in health IT following the work of ONC over the last several months has clearly seen the new leadership’s focus on improving the usability and interoperability of EHRs. But the office’s head, Don Rucker, gave more details on three questions ONC is asking itself as it opens a two-day Technical Interoperability Forum.

ONC seeks comment on Trusted Exchange and Common Agreement

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology convened industry stakeholders at a kick-off meeting on Monday in Washington to help develop consensus around enabling network-to-network exchange of healthcare data nationally.

Charged with supporting nationwide interoperability under the 21st Century Cures Act, Section 4003 of the law directs ONC to establish a trusted exchange framework for policies and practices as well as a common agreement for exchange between health information networks. In addition, the legislation mandated that ONC bring together public and private stakeholders to discuss those efforts.

WY Medical Center Connects Epic EHR to eHealth Exchange

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Wyoming recently connected to the Sequoia Project’s eHealth Exchange using Epic EHR. Connecting to the federal eHealth Exchange gives CRMC access to the largest secure health data sharing network in the country.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center connects to federal eHealth exchange

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has recently connected its electronic medical record system to the federal eHealth Exchange, the largest secure health-data sharing network in the nation.

Through the eHealth Exchange, CRMC is now able to connect to healthcare organizations and federal agencies that use a variety of electronic medical record systems. This includes the Veteran’s Administration, Department of Defense and Social Security Administration.

Social Security and Veterans Affairs partnership means faster disability decisions for veterans

In late 2016, the Social Security Administration announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities.

Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process.

Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.

Why EHR Interoperability Requires Health IT Infrastructure

Healthcare organizations are still challenged by EHR interoperability and are seeking health IT infrastructure tools to ensure data is accurately, efficiently, and securely shared.

Eagle Physicians and Associates and Cone Health announced the successful exchange between the eClinicalWorks cloud-based EHR and the Epic EHR for improved EHR interoperability among multiple locations and health systems. Eagle Physicians needed a way to provide better quality care to patients as those individuals move among locations.

VA to Adopt Pentagon’s Electronic Health Records System

Health records at the Department of Veterans Affairs will eventually move to the same system used by the Pentagon, the VA’s top official announced Monday.

The move marks a shift from the VA’s previous plan to develop its own system to digitize records. It will bring the agencies closer to sharing veterans’ health information in an effort to solve a problem that has plagued the two departments for decades.