Latest News and Updates from ONC
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Here is their latest news and communication.
HIT Policy Committee Meetings – January 13th, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Policy Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information. How to Participate. The February meeting is scheduled for 2/10/15.
HIT Standards Committee Meetings – December 10th, view the meeting notes and listen to the audio. The Health IT Standards Committee will make recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. How to Participate. The January meeting is scheduled for 1/27/15.
Health IT Safety Webinar Series
When: Jan 30, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
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The Role of e-Prescribing in Health IT Safety: Challenges and Solutions – This webinar will present recent research on the role of health IT in ambulatory medication prescribing from different perspectives. The first presentation will describe adverse drug events and medication errors and the potential to mitigate them using health IT. The second presentation will review electronic prescribing, provider workflow, and technology transitions in a variety of settings. The third presentation will briefly examine a program to enhance e-prescribing in a large-scale, national interoperability network. Together, these presentations suggest that expanded use of e-prescribing will continue to support improved safety, efficient workflow, and quality.
Blue Button Toolkit Facelift
Check out the new look for the Blue Button Toolkit. This is effors to enable more consumers with online access to their health information, and making sure the tools created are useful, easy to follow and does help those who still need help with implementation and communication of patient engagement technology. Start building tools today to empower consumers to view, check, use and share their electronic health data.
ONC 2015 Annual Meeting
Meeting agenda now available. Don’t forget to register today for the 2015 ONC Annual Meeting: Interoperable Health IT for a Healthy Nation. Join more than 1,000 stakeholders, experts and partners to share and learn about the successes we have all experienced during the past decade and the opportunities we have as we move into the future. ONC’s 2015 Annual Meeting will be held February 2-3, 2015, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.
National Quality Strategy (NQS) toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) posted a new National Quality Strategy (NQS) toolkit. This toolkit can be used by organizations to show alignment to and support of the NQS. The NQS is a national effort aligning public- and private-sector stakeholders to achieve better health and health care for all Americans. Check out the toolkit at AHRQ.gov.
New Telehealth Guide
A new Telehealth Guide packed with concrete guidance and resources for implementing telehealth services in rural communities, from startup and financing to sustainability, is now available! This guide aggregates the latest resources at your fingertips about policy considerations (licensing), best practices, toolkits, and suggests ways health care organizations can employ telehealth to improve outcomes and generate revenue The guide focuses on concerns raised during the HHS/USDA Rural Health Financing workshop in Iowa in May 2014.
Provider User Guide for NIST EHR Randomizer Tool Now Available
Are you a provider in Stage 2 of meaningful use who needs help meeting measure #3 of the Transitions of Care core objective? If so, CMS and ONC want to encourage you to use a new provider user guide that outlines instructions on how to use the NIST EHR Randomizer, including; required information, steps to register, guidance on how to perform the test.