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Latest News and Updates from ONC

April 10, 2014 | By More

Adopting Health IT

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 are the latest communications and news updates from the ONC.

Draft FDASIA Report issued
ONC, along with the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Communications Commission, released a draft report that includes a proposed strategy and recommendations for a risk-based framework as required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA).

Updates to Hospital Clinical Quality Measure Specs
A new testing tool for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) called BONNIE is now available. Mandated annual updating of the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) specifications. Updated specifications for the Eligible Hospital 2014 eCQMs finalized in Meaningful Use Stage 2 of the EHR incentive program are now available on the CMS website.

Call for Papers on Community-Based Health IT Initiatives
April 18th is the deadline for the submission of papers on lessons learned from efforts that drive improvement in health care and reduce costs using health IT. With support from the Commonwealth Fund, AcademyHealth’s Beacon Evidence and Innovation Network, is sponsoring a special issue of eGEMs to capture insights so that others can learn from their experiences. eGEMS is a free, open access, peer-reviewed journal produced by the Electronic Data Methods Forum that shares innovative approaches to using electronic data for health research and quality improvement

News about CONNECT
The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) announced its support for the migration of CONNECT’s governance and code management to Open Health Tools (OHT). CONNECT is an open source software solution that supports health information exchange at both the local and national level. For more information about CONNECT, visit the CONNECT Community Wiki.

New Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool
In collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, ONC released a new tool designed to help practices conduct and document a comprehensive assessment to identify risks in their organizations from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. The SRA tool also produces a report that can be useful during audits.

2014 Edition Test Method Updates
ONC has released the most current versions of the Test Procedures and associated Test Data and Test Tools. The updated 2014 Edition testing materials reflect changes in both the test procedures and test data.

Mobile Device Security
The Office of the Chief Privacy Officer has updated the “How Can You Protect and Secure Health Information When Using a Mobile Device?” webpage with some new tips and information. Visit the site for practical strategies and advice to consider when using mobile devices in your offices.

ONC Annual Meeting webcast archive
If you missed our 2014 Annual Meeting, or want to re-experience your favorite session, you can check out the webcast archive on HealthIT.gov.

Tags: EHR, Meaningful Use, ONC Workforce Development

Category: EHR Adoption, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Health Information Technology

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