National Health IT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo received the Interoperability Experience Task Force's proposed methods to help improve health information exchange between providers and patients. The task force recommended the ONC create two new joint task forces that would focus on reconciling and reducing the burden of clinical data importing and addressing the design, usability and testing of IT systems, respectively, and study the total cost of EHR ownership and patient-mediated exchange, participate in efforts to optimize the Consolidated-Clinical Document Architecture standard and promote semantic and syntactic interoperability.
Co-chairs have been named by WEDI to lead the four workgroups tasked to work on its next-generation health information exchange report. The report is meant to serve as a guide to future HIE technologies, and the four workgroups will look at patient enablement, payment models, data harmonization and exchange, and innovative encounter models.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange will release a wide-ranging report on the state of health information exchange in the U.S. by the end of 2013, updating a report it produced 20 years ago on the subject. "The 2013 WEDI report will identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies on the healthcare industry since 1993 and the likely role of emergent technologies in the years ahead," according to WEDI.
A health information exchange program in Tennessee, called the Health eShare Direct Project, has enlisted five health care organizations to take part in its pilot phase. Four of the groups are in Chattanooga, and one is based in Memphis.
A suite of products dubbed HIE Advantage Analytics has been launched by Truven Health Analytics. The tools are intended to help public health officials use clinical and operational data from state health information exchanges.