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KONZA National Network Announces Karla Mills as New Chief Operating Officer

Today, KONZA National Network announced that Karla Mills has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Claude Brunson Appointed to KONZA National Network’s Board of Directors

KONZA National Network today announced the appointment of Claude Brunson, MD as the newest member to their Board of Directors.

SHINE of Missouri Among Latest to Earn Validated Data Stream Designation in New NCQA Data Aggregator Validation Program

The SHINE of Missouri dba KONZA announced today that it has earned the Validated Data Stream designation in the new National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Data Aggregator Validation program. It is part...

KONZA Launches new Product, Translate, to assist Physician Practices with COVID-19 Lab Reporting

As a recipient of the STAR HIE Program the Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. dba KONZA is focusing on effectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Investing In The Data Systems We Need To Create The Health System We Deserve

The national COVID-19 public health crisis revealed stark truths about our nation’s health care system: who it is and is not designed to...

KONZA Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

Accreditation ensures adherence to health data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure and integrity requirements

State HIE News and Updates

State Health Information Exchanges (HIE) come in all shapes and sizes but have one...

Health Information Exchanges Help Providers Get Beyond Fear and Share Data

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven the dire need for the health-care...

HCA data consortium with AHRQ and others seeks to speed COVID-19 research

Johns Hopkins, Duke, Meharry Medical College, Harvard Pilgrim and others will gain access to HCA's data registry to help boost patient outcomes and improve public health.

HHS Announces New Synthetic Health Data Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for...

2021 Healthcare IT Landscape: 5 Predictions For Voice And Chat

The COVID-19 pandemic has stifled many activities and elements...

Global Edition Interoperability Patients want to download their own health data, report shows

With compliance requirements for ONC's info blocking rule just around the corner...

State HIE News and Updates

State Health Information Exchanges (HIE) come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common...

Patients Vastly Unaware of Insurers’ Access to Online Health Data

Reports show health insurers routinely scour public and private sources for consumer generated health data.

HIE Rundown – 9-01-20

Health Information Exchange (HIE) is happening every minute of every day. Your personal health information is moving...

Addressing security challenges presented by HIEs

Panelists at the ONC Tech Forum on Monday advised mapping the functions of health information exchanges...

KONZA electronically connects ALL health information exchanges in Kansas and Missouri

KONZA is pleased to announce new network connections in Kansas and Missouri which complete the health information exchange network in the two states.

MO HealthNet receives $9.3 million to help hospitals and providers connect patient information

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide $9.3 million in funding to MO HealthNet to design and implement a Provider Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Electronic Health Information Exchange and HIPAA

Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is permitted for treatment purposes. Electronic health information exchange – a method of data transmission allowing healthcare professionals and patients to access and secure PHI electronically –

SHINE of Missouri health information exchange announces addition of Prime Healthcare

SHINE of Missouri health information exchange announces addition of Prime Healthcare to improve care coordination and patient experiences in the Kansas City regional area

KONZA, Inc. Expands Nationwide Exchange of Health Data

with Connections to Atrium Health CareConnect and Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange

Why Should Anyone Care About Health Data Interoperability?

This piece is part of the series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both?” which explores whether it’s possible to advance interoperability while maintaining privacy.

KHIN and MinuteClinic Nationwide Data Connection

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and its subsidiary KAMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) announced today they have completed a secure electronic connection allowing the seamless...

How KHIN is Evolving its Information-Sharing Business Model

Leaders at the Kansas Health Information Network believe that HIEs’ historical methods to create value for their members will soon be outdated.

Missouri Health Connection, KHIN, SHINE of Missouri Finalize Data Sharing Agreement

Bringing resolution to a much needed issue for health data sharing in the Midwest, Missouri Health Connection (MHC) and the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) [and its subsidiary KAMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) dba SHINE] executed a comprehensive data...

HIEs Consider Joining Ambitious ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

CORHIO, IHIE, and CliniSync are ready to take on the challenges of participating in the new ONC health data exchange framework.

3 ways a community HIE can help boost your practice’s revenue

Recent research points to how community health information exchanges (HIEs) help reduce the cost of care, improve patient safety and decrease utilization and duplication. However, one potential benefit...

Why Healthcare Is Warming Up to Cloud-Based Security Solutions

Simplified workflow is among the many benefits organizations are coming to expect.

The Physicians Foundation Announces Interoperability Fund to Improve HIE in Six States

The Physicians Foundation, in association with six state medical societies, today announced the formation of the first of its kind interoperability fund...

How to Assess the Security of Hospital IoT

Unguarded and lacking a common playbook for security, the internet of things presents plenty of new network challenges.

HHS Announces Next Steps in Advancing Interoperability of Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued for public comment draft 2 of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that will

Interoperability Was 'A Huge Fight' 20 Years Ago

A quick look back at the competing specs for clinical coding and data exchange gives a glimpse of the some of the challenges still ongoing today.

Implementation Best Practices: The Keys to Launching an EHR

Four experts offer healthcare CIOs and other executives and health IT workers crucial advice for successfully getting electronic health records up and running.

ONC Chief Don Rucker on the Current State and 'Next Frontier' of Interoperability

The National Coordinator talks 21st Century Cures, information blocking, Apple, consumerism, FHIR, open APIs and new business models he sees emerging amid the "overarching theme of human choice and freedom and dignity."

Implementation Best Practices: Migrating to the Cloud

Four experts in healthcare cloud computing offer CIOs and other health IT workers who are starting – or maintaining – cloud migrations some well-rounded advice.

Implementation Best Practices: Getting Healthcare Analytics Right

Four experts in analytics offer key suggestions for starting with the technology at a provider organization. Current analytics users also can learn from these tips.

Health Information Exchanges May Remedy Long Emergency Stays

Study Shows Hospitals Can Cut Length of Stay When They Adopt Technology That Provides Patient Data

Mobile Devices Boost Patient and Clinician Satisfaction

From entertainment to early warnings, smartphones, tablets and mobile computers improve communication and care at healthcare organizations.

HIMSS19: Top Takeaways From the Health IT Show

Info-blocking ruled the day, while APIs, FHIR, artificial intelligence and virtual reality were also prominent themes at this year’s Global Conference.

Can Biometrics for Patient Matching Advance Interoperability?

Pew’s director of HIT Ben Moscovitch says consumers prefer biometrics, notably fingerprinting, facial recognition and iris scans, for a unique identifier.

DirectTrust Ceo on Why Direct Messaging Should Replace the Fax Machine

Healthcare organizations are increasingly using Direct secure messaging for use cases beyond transitions of care, including release of information, communication with payers and communicating with registries.

IT execs see rising need to achieve interoperability

In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Rucker graded the nation’s interoperability at, well, less than average.

HIMSS19 pre-conference events

In specialty forums in Orlando, Healthcare IT News and its sister brands will be co-hosting in-depth sessions on today’s hottest health IT trends and topics.

A Focus On The User Experience

For many healthcare practices, having an online portal provides an easy way  for patients to access their health information and receive online...

Top Three 2019 Healthcare Cybersecurity Trends

In recent months, the healthcare industry has been the number one target of cyberattacks, exposing tens of millions of customers’ identities around the world, costing more than $1 billion USD in losses.

KAMMCO Develops New Tool to Assist Healthcare Providers Combatting Opioid Epidemic

Building upon its commitment to quality and patient safety, KAMMCO released a new Opioid/Controlled Substances dashboard for physicians, hospitals...

HHS details strategy to reduce burden of electronic health records

In addition to increasing economic costs through redundant data entry, this lack of true interoperability increases...

Harnessing Early Adopters in Health IT

Early adopters understand the triumphs and trials of health IT implementation, and are willing to take a calculated risk.

Saint Luke’s Health System Joins KHIN Health Information Exchange

The seamless transfer of patients’ health records among physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers reduces treatment delays

93% of MIPS Eligible Clinicians Earned Federal Incentives in 2017

New data from CMS shows 93 percent of MIPS eligible clinicians earned positive payment adjustments for their 2017 performance.

KHIN Expands Health Information Exchange with New Participant

Saint Luke’s Health System will now have the ability to engage in health information exchange through KHIN.

2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule Pushes 2015 Edition CEHRT

Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program requires MIPS eligible clinicians to use 2015 CEHRT in the 2019 performance period.

7 Health Information Exchanges Connect to Military Health System

Seven physician-led health information exchanges now contribute patient EHRs to the Military Health System with help from eHealth Exchange.

KAMMCO Collaboration With MHS to Deliver Critical Health Information Across the Globe

On August 30, the Military Health System (MHS) added critical medical information from seven physician-led health...

CMS responds to data breach affecting 75,000 in federal ACA portal

Open enrollment, which begins November 1, will not be negatively impacted, CMS says.

FDA, DHS to increase collaboration on medical device security and framework

While the two federal agencies have worked together on vulnerability disclosures in the past, a new memorandum of agreement will improve coordination.

National Health IT Week 2018: Here’s what was said on social media

Technology was critical but so, too, were the personal and patient-centric stories shared on Twitter.

Health Information Exchanges Prepare for Patient Displacement as Hurricane Michael Gains Steam

Recent storms, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Irma in Puerto Rico and Florence in North Carolina, have helped HIEs refine their approach.

State Medical Societies Collaborate to Impact Healthcare Disparities

Seven state medical societies announced the creation of the Health Equity Network for Change (HENC) which is focused on improving the health status of...

SHINE is the Solution to #killthefax

In medical facilities throughout the country, physicians, nurses, and staff are placing medical records in a tray, dialing a number...

Fax machines can be hacked to breach a network, using only its number

While CMS Administrator Seema Verma called for the end of fax machine use by 2020, new Check Point research found a hacker could steal data from a flaw in the fax protocol.

CMS: Providers Should Get Rid of Fax Machines by 2020

Federal health officials announced their goal this week to eliminate fax machines from physician offices by 2020.

A Letter to Doctors from CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Thank you for the difference you make in your patients’ lives. Many of our nation’s best and brightest students go into medicine...

Using Clinical Data Standards to Measure Quality: A New Approach

The purpose of quality measurement is to evaluate the care quality delivered to the patient.

Midwest GI Health Joins SHINE

SHINE, the Show-Me Health Information Network of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri State Medical Association...

Return on Investment for Health Information Exchange Participation

What is the return on investment (ROI) for participating in a health information exchange (HIE)?

Easier Medical Record Access Is Key to Ideal Patient Journey

A chief medical information officer suggests that giving people easier access to their medical information is one way to improve the patient experience.

What are Potential Benefits, Challenges of HIE Use?

The push for nationwide interoperability and improved health data exchange have increased HIE use, which can create advantages and difficulties for providers.

Community HIEs outperform enterprise exchanges in savings and healthcare utilization, study finds

New research found that community HIEs produce better results when it comes to reducing both costs and the use of unnecessary services.

myMOHealtheRecords: A New and Better Way to Manage Personal Health Information

There are many reasons patients need quick, secure online access to their healthcare records and medical history...

Docs tell CMS that they need relief from MIPS reporting

In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the organizations call for the agency to reduce the quality measure reporting period for MIPS...

With TEFCA Looming, HIE Leaders Discuss Changing Business Models

Regional health information exchanges are not an endangered species. That was the message from a panel of HIE leaders at the 2018 State Healthcare IT...

Nevada Internal Medicine First to Join the New Show-Me Health Information Network of Missouri

SHINE, the Show-Me Health Information Network of Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri State Medical Association, is pleased to announce Nevada Internal Medicine...

Electronic access to patient info a struggle, physician survey finds

Making sure providers have up-to-date and comparative information about drug prices and insurance coverage could help to rein in U.S. drug costs...

HIMSS18 cybersecurity recap: Threat sharing and the need for boardroom priority

From Google to NIH, the message was clear at the annual health IT conference: Hospitals need to make cybersecurity a budget priority and tackle security as a team.

Health Plan Leaders Discuss HIE Data and the Value Proposition for Payers

As health information exchange (HIE) organizations continue to evolve, HIE leaders are focused on expanding services and providing data analytics and business...

Demonstrating the Value of the Health Information Exchange through Qualitative Research

Executives share groundbreaking research on the use of longitudinal patient information to improve quality reporting at HIMSS 2018

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Major HIMSS18 Focal Points

The HIMSS18 Conference and Exhibition is set to help healthcare professionals tackle serious challenges related to health data exchange and interoperability

A Guide to Revenue Cycle Education at HIMSS18

The revenue cycle is changing as hospitals look to adapt financial services, tech-wise, and here are some sessions happening at HIMSS18 to learn best practices.


Physicians Leaving Profession Over EHRs

Until recently, most doctors created their own workflows and utilized only the technology they were comfortable using.

eClinicalworks to Show off Precision Medicine, AI Features for EHR at HIMSS18

The cloud-based electronic health record vendor will be showing new features and functionalities that CEO Girish Navani says make the software smarter so it helps doctors.

Technology with Behavioral Insight Data Can Improve Outcomes for Patients

Penn Medicine’s David Asch, MD, believes there are good examples in the retail market that can be applied to healthcare.

How Your Health Care Will Be Reshaped in 2018

Let's take a step back from the minute-by-minute onslaught and take stock more broadly of the big, overarching trends that will animate this year in health policy.


When It Comes To Sharing Patient Information, Can You Do it Securely?

The healthcare IT systems used to collect, store and share confidential patient information are under constant attack.

Three areas cited as places to start future-proofing for precision medicine

HIMSS Analytics survey indicates focus on Infrastructure, funding and human capital.

2018 Is Primed for Blockchain, Big Data and Cloud Computing Advancements, All With a Better Security Plan

Health IT is in a very fluid state and evolving quickly. Hospital executives and technology professionals no doubt have their hands full keeping up with technological advances, security events and much more.

Diameter Health Achieves NCQA Certification for All 2017 eMeasures

The NCQA eMeasure certification program is designed for companies that develop quality-measure reporting software that calculates quality measures using electronic clinical data.

KaMMCO Health Solutions to Deliver Statewide HIE, Analytics, & Patient Engagement Tools in 7 States

Physicians and healthcare professionals nationwide are in the midst of unparalleled industry transformation. Successful adoption of the new performance-based delivery and payment models will rely heavily upon electronic health record (EHR)

Program to Collect Data from Fitbit Wearables

The program will distribute Fitbit devices to a representative sample of All of Us participants for a one-year study to determine its use on a larger scale in the program.