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 – Nov 4th, 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 December meeting is scheduled for 12/02/14.
HIT Standards Committee Meetings – November 18th, 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 December meeting is scheduled for 12/10/14.
Comment on 2014 Edition Release 2 Test Procedures
ONC is now accepting comments on the draft test procedures for the 2014 Edition Release 2 Certification Criteria through November 7th. Your comments will be posted on our ONC Public comment JIRA project page. Make sure your voice is heard.
New White Paper Released
How Early Adopting Hospital Systems View the Business Case for Health Information Exchange – This is part of the Global Evaluation of HITECH. The study involved structured telephone interviews with senior executives responsible for health information exchange in selected large hospital-based systems. Although the study was small, its findings are consistent with prior research on the means and barriers to electronic health exchange. Read the report.
HITECH Implementation Update
Monitoring National Implementation of HITECH: Status and Key Activity Quarterly Summary from July to September 2014. The report is filled with information on Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 incentive payments, development of Stage 3 requirements, availability of certified products in the developer market, health information exchange, workforce programs, patient engagement, how health IT can enable delivery system reform and many other topics.
Get Listed on the Blue Button Connector
Many of you already are – or have plans to – start giving consumers online access to their health information – particularly as Meaningful Use Stage 2 (#MUS2) kicks into gear. ONC has created an opportunity for you to create more visibility and consumer awareness about your online offerings via the Blue Button Connector website. The Blue Button Connector was recently launched at the 4th Annual Consumer Health IT Summit and it was born out of a need for consumers to have a single place to get started in navigating where to access their personal health information online. Add your organization now.
ONC 2014 Annual Meeting
Save the Date: Feb 2-3. 2015 – The Annual meeting will be held at the Washington Hilton. Registration information will be announced soon.
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.