Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

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Blue Button Developers to Meet at the White House Today - Verma and Liddell to Open the Conference

More than 700 app developers and eHealth groups and organizations have registed to meet today at the White House for the first Blue Button 2.0 developer conference. The "The inaugural Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference will bring together application developers in the technical community to help build and develop new tools to help patients understand their health data,” said Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a statement. 

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Breaking Down the Role of Patient Engagement in Meaningful Use

Sara Heath | Patient Engagement HIT | March 21, 2016

Patient engagement plays a great role in meaningful use, despite much industry debate and conflicting interests. Patient engagement is not just a new patient-centered care philosophy. For providers and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, patient engagement is a critical part of receiving incentive payments. Between the different stages of meaningful use and new rule proposals amending the program, the requirements for patient engagement are not always clear.

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Burgess Bill Addresses Interoperability, the Leading Health IT Issue in the US

Health care reformers around the country should be jumping up to thank Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), an MD who is working with his staff to write a bill to promote Health IT interoperability. Readers of Open Health News probably know that interoperability--in simple terms, the ability of any authorized user to read a medical record from any source--has emerged as one of the two top burning issues of health IT, the other one being the lack of usability of proprietary/lock-in electronic health records (EHRs).

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CALiPHR® ECQM Solution Made Available as Open Source Technology

Press Release | Audacious Inquiry (Ai), CALiPHR | October 27, 2016

Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a health information technology and policy company, announced today that the CQM Aligned Population Health Reporting (CAliPHR®) code is now available via GitHub. As open-source technology, providers, organizations, and states who are interested in utilizing CAliPHR can now download the source code free of charge. Ai will remain the steward of the open source project as it continues to actively contribute product enhancements...

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Car Crashes, Auto Bumpers, and HealthIT Interoperability

At this year’s HIMSS conference, interoperability was again one of the hottest topics of discussion. Interoperability was even a featured showcase at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Yet the lack of interoperability in HealthIT remains. "HealthIT is not unique in its interoperability woes and other industries, including the automotive industry, are still struggling with associated safety issues."

CCHIT Demise Should Herald Demise Of EHR Certification

Neil Versel | Forbes | October 29, 2014

In my very first post for Forbes.com, written back in May, I argued that certification of electronic health records had run its course and was no longer needed in health IT.  This week, that position got a boost with some news that in one sense was shocking and in another was not surprising at all: the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) is closing its doors on Nov. 14...

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CHIME, HL7 Applaud ONC Road Map, JASON Task Force Recommendations

Dan Bowman | Fierce Health IT | October 16, 2014

Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as a step in the right direction...

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Closed Records, EHR Decertification and the DoD

In anticipation of House of Cards Season 4, and with all due respect to the show’s creators, I think real life is giving us a perfect plotline that includes politicians, corporate interests, their lobbyists and a big fat government contract. Maybe Francis and Claire have me seeing conspiracies everywhere, but it seems a chain of recent health IT events have created intrigue in what is historically our staid, conservative industry. Follow the timeline with me and decide for yourself if I’m hearing black helicopters.

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CommonWell: Healthcare Interoperability Or Bust

Mark Braunstein | Information Week | January 8, 2015

Peter Bernhardt of CommonWell Health Alliance, a group of clinical and health IT organizations, talks about its goal of better data exchange and application integration...

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Complaints about Electronic Medical Records Increase

Bill Toland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 3, 2014

Last month, the nation’‍s largest union of registered nurses sent a letter to the FDA asking for broader and more stringent oversight of electronic records systems and of computerized physician-order entry systems, which allow clinicians to log treatment instructions for patients. The National Nurses United, as part of its broader campaign highlighting the potential dangers of “unproven medical technology,” says FDA officials should test electronic medical records as rigorously as they might a new drug or an artificial hip implant...

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Congress Dishes Out HIT Budgets, Interoperability Probes

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | December 22, 2014

Ten years after the creation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, amid record partisan discord, lawmakers are trying to address problems they see in the direction of health IT’s evolution...

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Congress is its own roadblock to interoperability

Marla Durben Hirsch | Fierce EMR | April 8, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has received a large number of comments on its draft interoperability road map. Some commenters have praised it; others have offered criticisms. Yet, we can't ignore that ONC is not alone at the interoperability drawing board. Both the CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality, Healtheway's interoperability initiative, are forging ahead with their own initiatives. There also are the health information exchanges, with their different rules, operating models and governance structures.

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Crony Capitalist Epic Systems Gets Rich by Manipulating Stimulus Timeline

Pejman Yousefzadeh | All Fired Up Media | February 27, 2012

Newspapers and bloggers have spilled a lot of real and digital ink in recent months over the Department of Energy’s controversial stimulus-created loan guarantee program, the now-defunct green tech firm Solyndra, and its wealthy benefactor/Obama campaign bundler George Kaiser. Too few are paying attention to the government’s push for widespread health information technology adoption, funded in large part by the stimulus bill, and key industry players exerting influence over the policy process for personal benefit. If you haven’t yet heard of Wisconsin-based Epic Systems and its CEO Judith Faulkner, pay attention.

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Customer Says eClinicalWorks Holding Patient Data 'Hostage'

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | July 10, 2017

As eClinicalWorks faces a possible class action lawsuit and the potential for clients to switch to rival EHR vendors, some customers are coming forward with complaints about their treatment. The company countered that it is still signing up new healthcare organizations and at least one user has noticed the vendor changing its ways. At May’s end, the U.S. Department of Justice – in a settlement that included a $155 million fine – mandated that the EHR vendor either upgrade existing customers' software for free or transfer their data to a rival’s electronic health record platform...

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D.C. Report: Mostashari Says, 'Now Is Not the Right Time' For NwHIN Governance

Jeff Smith | Healthcare Informatics | September 11, 2012

During the 40th meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee held in Washington this week, members were given an overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 by officials from CMS and ONC.  And in the waning hours of the day-long meeting, Dr. Farzad Mostashari revealed that ONC has decided to put plans for further regulation of the Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NwHIN) on hold. Read More »