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KONZA National Network’s Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN) Application Accepted

KONZA National Network announced today that their application to be a designated Qualified Health Information Network (QHIN)...

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.

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...

MHAX Among Latest to Earn Validated Data Stream Designation in New NCQA Data Aggregator Validation Program

The MHAX 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 industry...

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

HCA Healthcare this week announced a new collaborative project through...

HHS Announces New Synthetic Health Data Challenge

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

2021 Healthcare IT Landscape: 5 Predictions For Voice And Chat

The COVID-19 pandemic has stifled many activities and elements in our daily lives.

MSMA Launches Statewide Health Information Exchange to Improve Patient Care and Efficiency

The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) has partnered with KONZA, a trusted organization with a history of providing patient data and technology solutions...

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.

KONZA & Diameter Health Technology to Deliver Actionable Patient Information

Leading Nationwide Health Information Network to Reduce Physician Burden and Improve Patient Care with Clean Clinical Data

KONZA announces partnership with SacValley MedShare

KONZA and SacValley MedShare announced a partnership to deliver analytic services derived from health information exchange data to hospitals and providers across the Northern...

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.

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.

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...

First Imperial Health Physician Now Sharing Data Through HealthSYNC of Louisiana

Dr. John Noble of Imperial Health Center for Orthopaedics is now a participant of HealthSYNC of Louisiana.

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: Unlocking The Full Potential Of Your Patient Portal

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.

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...

HealthSYNC of Louisiana 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.

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.

myLAHealtheRecords: 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...

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...

HealthSYNC Provides Louisiana Physicians with Quality Reporting Registry

Physicians and clinicians participating in Louisiana’s health information network, HealthSYNC of Louisiana, have a trusted choice when reporting...

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.

Connecting for Better Care with New Statewide Health Information Exchange

The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) announces the launch of HealthSYNC of Louisiana, a physician-led health information exchange (HIE), and the appointment of an HIE advisory committee to oversee implementation in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Medical Society to Partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions

Nationwide there’s a transformation of the health care industry underway. Physicians are adopting new performance-based delivery and payment models that demand more patient information as well as require powerful analytics to improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and positively impact patient safety.

Physicians Leaving Profession Over EHRs

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

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.