Doug Fridsma

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4 Potential Candidates To Replace Mostashari

Bernie Monegain | Government Health IT | August 7, 2013

The announcement Aug. 6 that Farzad Mostashari, MD, would be stepping down from his job as national coordinator for health information technology this fall  led much praise about his passion for the work, and his many achievements. Read More »

AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | June 13, 2016

Access to information and the ability to integrate and use information has changed how individuals book travel, find information about prices and products, and compare and review services. Information can empower individuals, but health care has lagged behind other fields. It is unconscionable that in 2016 most patients are unable to obtain their entire medical record unless they print it out. While progress has been made in the last several years to support patients’ access to their information through various electronic means, such as Blue Button and patient portals, this is not sufficient to make patients first-order participants in their care, their health and their research efforts...

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DeSalvo Strikes Interoperability Chord At AHIMA Conference

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | September 30, 2014

ONC chief Karen DeSalvo, MD, promised an audience of AHIMA members that the government would act "fast into interoperability." She drew applause when she added, "We cannot wait for 10 years to get this done." DeSalvo emphasized that every other industry has already achieved interoperability. Read More »

Direct Protocol May Favor Large Providers And Vendors

Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | December 10, 2013

A medical group's call for allowing licensed physicians, without vendor interference, to designate any recipients or senders of messages using the Direct protocol puts a spotlight on nagging EHR interoperability issues. Read More »

Fridsma: Meaningful Use Causing 'Real Fatigue'

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | December 5, 2014

"Interoperability is hard in the concrete,” Doug Fridsma, MD said, “it is impossible in the abstract.”  Fridsma, former chief scientist at ONC and now CEO of AMIA, said on Wednesday at RSNA's 100th annual meeting in Chicago that the key is enabling the free flow of information of all types — from lab results to medications to imaging data — within and between healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes...

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Health IT Engineers Rev Up For Another Connectathon

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | January 24, 2014

More than 500 software engineers from more than 100 companies will convene in Chicago next week for the 15th annual Connectathon to work out bugs in exchanging data between health IT systems. Read More »

Intriguing Speakers for the 2014 Summit are Confirmed!

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 4, 2014

OSEHRA is excited to announce the confirmed speakers for the Opening Session of the 2014 Open Source Summit: Global Collaboration in Health IT! Keynote speakers for the 3rd Annual Summit, to be held September 3-5 at the Bethesda, Maryland North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, include: Read More »

Mun on the Extraordinary Growth of OSEHRA and the VistA EHR Community in 2014

We have recorded a robust year of growth during 2014 and have laid a solid foundation for market expansion in 2015. OSEHRA corporate membership doubled during 2014. Corporate Members include large, medium and small corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and international organizations that are leaders in health information technology...our primary open source electronic health record product, VistA, was rated by a MedScape survey as the most preferred EHR by physician users again in 2014. Read More »

Notes on the April Meeting of the HIT Standards Committee

The April Standards Committee began with a tribute to Jon Perlin, who is leaving his chair role of the HIT Standards Committee so that he can focus on his chair role at the American Hospital Association. Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator will serve as the Standards committee chair. I will continue as vice-chair. Read More »

ONC Advancing Blue Button, CDS Standards Efforts

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | September 24, 2012

Developers in an ONC voluntary community are beginning to drill down into what will be required to automate the Blue Button feature to exchange patient health information at the consumer’s request under different scenarios. Read More »

ONC aiming for Blue Button 'Goldilocks' of data access

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | June 19, 2012

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is exploring how to use some of its standards and interoperability activities around Blue Button to tackle barriers to consumer engagement and access to data.

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ONC Chief DeSalvo Vacates Role, Reider Resigns CMO Post

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | October 24, 2014

Leadership changes atop ONC raise questions about the agency’s ability to achieve its long-term plans for interoperability...

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ONC Chief Scientist Doug Fridsma Resigns

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | September 22, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Monday announced that Doug Fridsma, MD is stepping down from his post as chief scientist.  Fridsma’s departure comes on the heels of other high-profile resignations, notably the so-called consumerista Lygeia Ricciardi and chief privacy officer Joy Pritts...

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Open Health Presentations at HIMSS14

As we outlined in our earlier article, "HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibit Opening with Open Source," open source software as well as collaboration and interoperability in health information technology (HIT) has reached break out levels and the HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida. Below are some of the conference presentations related to open health. Note the large number of presentations the award-winning VistA EHR developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its derivative RPMS developed by the Indian Health Service (IHS). Read More »

Open Health Round-Up For 2014: Notable Articles, Reports, And Events

Even the hidebound field of health care can undergo a lot of change over the course of one year. Key health IT trends that I saw throughout 2014 are summarized in another article. Here I'll list some of the most notable articles and reports related to open source, standards, and transparency in health. Read More »