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.
ONC 2015 Annual Meeting – #ONC2015
The ONC 2-day event was a great success. Read our recaps on Day 1 and Day 2. The event highlighted the newly released Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and announced 3 new grant opportunities over $38 million.
Interoperability Roadmap Released
ONC released the Shared Draft Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, both of which they hope will ultimately help providers and hospitals more easily share data to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people. The document was created with input from concerned providers, developers and our group of dedicated Federal Advisory Committee members, among others. It is a collaborative document and they are asking for comments by April 3.
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 – January 27th, 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 February meeting is scheduled for 2/25/15 but has been cancelled.
Health IT Safety Webinar Series
When: Thu, Feb 19, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Register for this event.
Advancing Health IT Safety and Quality through Interoperability – The webinar will cover a wide range of topics, recent research, and programs that relate to making health IT safer. Hear from John Halamka, M.D., the CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Scott Stuewe, director of the Cerner Network, and Eric Heflin, Healtheway’s CTO.
CMS Announces Intent to Engage in Rulemaking for EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015
CMS intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements. In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Read the complete correspondence.
Office-based Provider Data Update
The Health IT Dashboard has been updated with new data from the Office-based Provider Database. This includes state and county estimates for the number of medical doctors, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from 2011 to 2013. The data can be downloaded from the Dashboard’s data page.
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.
Provider User Guide for NIST EHR Randomizer Tool 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.