Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

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DeSalvo: America 'Waiting For Us To Get Interoperability Right'

Tom Sullivan, | Government Health IT | September 3, 2014

Calling it a “changing of the horizon,” national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, said that her office is working to refresh the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan.  “It’s an opportunity to look at HIT beyond the EHR and policy levers beyond meaningful use,” DeSalvo said of the forthcoming plan...

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DeSalvo: Health IT Needs To Catch Up With Other Sectors

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | December 4, 2014

The healthcare industry needs to catch up with other industries in fully leveraging information technology to drive innovation and advancements in care delivery, according to Karen DeSalvo, M.D., acting assistant secretary for health and national coordinator for health IT...

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Do Epic And Interoperability Interface? Depends On Whom You Ask

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | December 12, 2014

The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of interoperability, spurring the company, once well known for its mum relationship with the press, to speak up...

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Docs To ONC: Ease Administrative Burden Of Health IT

Susan D.Hall | Fierce Health IT | January 21, 2015

The American Academy of Family Physicians is urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to ease the burden on physicians trying to comply with federal health IT goals...

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DoD: New EHR not about interoperability with VA

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | July 30, 2015

When Defense Department officials briefed reporters prior to announcing that the Cerner, Leidos and Accenture team won its EHR modernization contract, they were adamant that so much speculation about the DoD’s ability to share patient information with the Department of Veterans Affairs had been unfounded. "There is not a big interoperability problem with the VA and DoD today," said Frank Kendall, DoD Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. "It’s a big misconception out there that this software system we’re buying is about interoperability." Read More »

Dr. Halamka’s Dramatic MU Prediction In Boston

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | May 13, 2014

John Halamka, M.D. predicted on May 13 that 80 percent of U.S. hospitals would fail to attest to MU Stage 2 on time

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DSS Achieves ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group, Inc. For Inpatient And Ambulatory Module EHR Certification

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc., Drummond Group Inc. | August 27, 2014

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of VistA-based software development and support, today announced its customizable vxVistA inpatient and ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) modules have been tested and certified under the Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program through Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI) for the 2014 edition. As a result of the certification, hospitals using vxVistA inpatient and ambulatory modules to demonstrate meaningful use of technology are qualified to receive federal stimulus funds...

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eHealth Initiative 2020 Roadmap Seeks To Address ‘Government Gridlock’

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | November 14, 2014

With interoperability challenges continuing to plague the healthcare industry and impatience growing among consumers and providers, the eHealth Initiative on Thursday announced the first set of priorities for its 2020 Roadmap designed to “enable coordinated efforts by public and private sector organizations to transform care delivery through data exchange and health information technology.”...

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EHR Business Environment Must Change To Achieve Interoperability

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | February 4, 2015

The main challenges for the nation’s health IT interoperability are not technical but business related...

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EHR Usability Cause Of Key Pain Points For Healthcare CIOs

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | October 22, 2014

EHR adoption is increasing, but EHR usability remains a problem for end-users trying to enter and access data efficiently...

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Epic Systems Feeling Heat Over Interoperability

Darius Tahir | Modern Healthcare | October 1, 2014

Epic Systems' August decision to retain a Washington lobbyist was widely seen as a sign that the leading electronic health-record system vendor is feeling political heat based on the perceived lack of interoperability between its EHR systems and other systems.

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Exclusive: Dr. Farzad Mostashari On His Career, His New Startup And Closing Gaps In The Healthcare System

Helen Gregg | Becker's Hospital Review | August 15, 2014

In June, Farzad Mostashari, MD, the former National Coordinator for Health IT, announced the launch a new company designed to partner with independent primary care physicians to form and join accountable care organizations...

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FDA Won't Regulate Medical Device Data Systems

Dan Bowman | Fierce Health IT | June 20, 2014

Draft guidance published Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seemingly paves the way for smoother medical device interoperability by lowering the burden on developers of medical device data systems (MDDS) to comply with agency requirements...

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Federal Advisers Share Comments, Concerns About Draft Interoperability Road Map

Dan Bowman | Fierce Health IT | October 15, 2014

In presenting an updated version of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's draft interoperability road map to a joint meeting of the federal Health IT Policy and Standards Committees on Wednesday, Erica Galvez, ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, made clear that many efforts going forward will be about balance and tradeoffs...

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Feds Tout Blue Button, Push Patient Engagement

Joseph Conn | ModernHealthcare.com | September 10, 2012

Pushing the Blue Button was what a parade of government and private-sector health information technology leaders did—often and with gusto—during a series of panel discussions in Washington to kick off Health IT Week. Read More »