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Big Health Advances in Small Packages: report from the third annual Medical Device Connectivity conference

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Radar | September 9, 2011

At some point, all of us are likely to owe our lives--or our quality of life--to a medical device. Yesterday I had the chance to attend the third annual Medical Device Connectivity conference, where manufacturers, doctors, and administrators discussed how to get all these monitors, pumps, and imaging machines to work together for better patient care. Read More »

Call for Participation in the Automate Blue Button Initiative: Enhancing Consumer Access to Health Information

Lygeia Ricciardi and Dr. Doug Fridsma | Health IT Buzz | August 9, 2012

In response to feedback received during the June 4 Patient Access Summit, ONC and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon be launching an initiative to automate “Blue Button”  by developing standards and specifications that allow patients to not only download their health information to their personal computer, but also to privately and securely automate the sending of that data from their health care providers to their personal health records, email accounts, health-related applications, or other preferred holding place.

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CHIME Asks ONC to Rethink NwHIN

Jeff Smith | Healthcare Informatics | July 5, 2012

CHIME submitted comments this week to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, responding to the agency’s vision for nationwide health information exchange.  ONC officials in May released a Request for Information (RFI) that sought feedback on how to establish a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network (NwHIN). Read More »

Community College Training of HIT Professionals Questioned

Diana Manos | Healthcare IT News | January 10, 2012

The government plans to fork out a total of nearly $70 million in grants to five community colleges assigned with leading a federal healthcare IT training program. But is the Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals delivering? Since its inception in March, some think it’s not – at least not yet. Read More »

Companies Flock to the Electronic Health Records Market

John Pulley | NextGov | July 23, 2012

Any idea how many electronic health record vendors are out there? Even experts are surprised at the answer. The total, as ModernHealthcare.com IT Everything columnist Joseph Conn puts it, is “a horde, a herd, a whole Wild West stampede” of EHR systems. Read More »

Consensus on Digital Certificates Should Boost Direct Project Messaging

Ken Terry | Fierce Health IT | October 4, 2011

The Direct Project, the secure clinical messaging protocol introduced earlier this year, has advanced to the next level with the announcement that a workgroup of the Direct Project consortium has reached agreement on a key component of the "trust framework" that will be required for Direct messaging. Read More »

eHealthInitiative Calls for Flexible Health Information Exchange Regulations

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | July 5, 2012

Regulations proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for governing health information exchange could "stifle innovation" and "hinder growth," warned the Washington, D.C.-based eHealth Initiative in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services last week. Read More »

EHR Interoperability a Source of Pain and Debate in Vermont

Kyle Murphy | EHRIntelligence.com | July 18, 2012

The lack of interoperability stems from innovation outpacing standardization. Because of the lack of proper guidance from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is charged with providing specifications for health information technology (IT), and other federal agencies during the earliest phases of EHR implementation, it is likely that Vermont isn’t the only state suffering these growing pains.

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FDA Issues Proposed Rule for Unique Device Identifiers

Ken Terry | FierceHealthIT | July 5, 2012

Five years after a request from Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally issued a proposed rule that would mandate the placement of unique device identifiers (UDI) on medical devices. Among other things, the use of UDIs will facilitate the reporting of adverse events related to these devices so that the FDA can more quickly address them and recall devices if necessary. Read More »

Halamka on the ONC Blockchain Challenge

Early this year, I posted a collaborative discussion about the potential applications of Blockchain for healthcare. Ariel Ekblaw from the MIT Media Lab collaborated with Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC) to actually implement Blockchain medication reconciliation with deidentified patient data. ONC selected it as a winner of the Blockchain Challenge. The idea is simple. Blockchain was invented to handle financial transactions such as deposits and withdrawls. Medication management is very similar to a bank account. Think of your body as a vault.

Halamka: Advice to the New National Coordinator

Karen DeSalvo started as the new National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology on January 13, 2014.  After my brief discussion with her last week, I can already tell she's a good listener, aware of the issues, and is passionate about using healthcare IT as a tool to improve population health...What advice would I give her, given the current state of healthcare IT stakeholders?

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Health 2.0 and ONC Announce the Winner of the Reporting Device Adverse Events Challenge

Press Release | ONC, Health 2.0, Investing in Innovation (i2) Initiative | June 7, 2012

Today, Health 2.0 and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are announcing the winner of the Investing in Innovation initiative's (i2) Reporting Device Adverse Events Challenge. The i2 initiative utilizes prizes and challenges to facilitate innovation and obtain solutions to intractable health IT problems. Read More »

Health Care Costs Traced to Data and Communication Failures

Andy Oram | EMR & EMH | April 12, 2016

Most of us know about the insidious role of health care costs in holding down wages, in the fight by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker over pensions that tore the country apart, in crippling small businesses, and in narrowing our choice of health care providers. Not all realize, though, that the crisis is leaching through the health care industry as well, causing hospitals to fail, insurers to push costs onto subscribers and abandon the exchanges where low-income people get their insurance, co-ops to close, and governments to throw people off of subsidized care, threatening the very universal coverage that the ACA aimed to achieve. Lessons from a ground-breaking book by T.R. Reid, The Healing of America, suggests that we’re undergoing a painful transition that every country has traversed to achieve a rational health care system...

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Health Information Exchange Resist Cures (Part 2)

Andy Oram | EMR & EHR | March 23, 2016

The previous section of this paper introduced problems found in HIE by two reports: one from the Office of the National Coordinator and another from experts at the Oregon Health & Science University. Tracing the causes of these problems is necessarily somewhat speculative, but the research helps to confirm impressions I have built up over the years. The ONC noted that developing HIE is very resource intensive, and not yet sustainable. (p. 6) I attribute these problems to the persistence of the old-fashioned, heavyweight model of bureaucratic, geographically limited organizations hooking together clinicians. (If you go to another state, better carry your medical records with you.) Evidence of their continued drag on the field appeared in the report...

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Health IT Centers of the Country: Unite!

John Pulley | NextGov | June 27, 2012

The 62 regional extension centers created by the federal government to help small medical practices evaluate and adopt electronic health records have united to form a national association to advocate for the continued support of health IT. Read More »