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July 24, 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.

Fall Internship With ONC Open
ONC is now accepting applications for interns for the Fall. While this position is an unpaid, voluntary position, there may be stipends, credit, or other assistance available through your college or university. Submit your cover letter, and resume to: or learn more.

HIT Standards Committee MeetingsJuly 16h, 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 August meeting is scheduled for 8/20/14.

HIT Policy Committee MeetingsJuly 8th, 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 August meeting is scheduled for 8/6/14.

Data Brief Highlights Increases in ePrescribing
The ONC posted a new Data Brief that looks at the rate of e-prescribing nationally and locally since December 2006. Results from our analysis show that seven in ten physicians use electronic health records to e-prescribe and close to six in ten new and renewal prescriptions were sent electronically, accounting for roughly one billion transactions. Results also show that 96 percent of community pharmacies accept e-prescriptions.

Open Test Method Development Pilot Program
ONC’s Open Test Method Development Pilot Program builds on their continued commitment to collaborate with health IT stakeholders and to enhance stakeholder engagement in ONC’s Health IT Certification Program. The Pilot Program asks you to put your valuable experience to work for the health IT community. You can help us develop test methods that reflect your expertise and concerns, making the next generation of testing more transparent and relevant than ever.

Test Method Update
Earlier this week we released updates to the 2014 Edition Test Method (Test Procedures, Test Data, and Test Tools). Take a look at the latest, most current versions of the Test Procedures and associated Test Data and Test Tools when you get a minute.

Evaluation of the Beacon Community Program
Data Sharing to Enable Clinical Transformation at the Community Level: IT Takes a Village is one of a series of evaluations of the Beacon program authored by NORC. This brief examines the Beacon Communities’ approaches to and experiences with building and strengthening their health IT infrastructures, specifically with respect to data sharing to enable clinical transformation. NORC found that despite diverse characteristics, Beacon Communities reported several common promising practices that facilitated data sharing across the local health care systems. Many Beacons also found it crucial to build in flexibility to help practices at all levels of readiness, from smaller practices with basic health IT capabilities to large hospital systems to achieve that data sharing.

Implementation Resource Repository
Check out the ONC’s implementation resource repository. Download resources to help your practice implement health IT and help transform health-care delivery and then tell them what you think by rating the tools.

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

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